My first semester of college
As high school came to a close, I was overly excited to take the next step of my life by attending college. In the weeks before I head off to college, with my paycheck, I bought a laptop, binders, notebooks, pens, pencils, and other school materials. Though I had planned it all, I met few bumps along the road; in spite of those bumps, I've also found good.
My first semester was a rough. When classes started, I felt as though everything was moving fast. I was trying to strike a perfect balance between my six classes; on top of that, I was also trying to catch up on my reading from three of my other classes, while trying to show up at work. I quickly learned that college was completely different. For weeks I tried keeping up with the pace, until I had a nervous breakdown and had a terrible headache when my math grade slipped, I missed events, and I was behind on my readings. It happened in part because I was trying to memorize my schedule in my head. From that day I thought about a good idea - to buy a calendar. One of my roommate and I bought a calendar at Walmart, and from that day, I listed what my schedule was going to look like everyday; and with that I was finally in control of my college life. I got to my readings, gone to meetings, did math homework, and still had enough time to relax.
Although my first semester had been rough, I also had a good start. Though I may be shy, I managed to joined in on the first day of school activities. I joined others in football, soccer, and frisbee. I also had the chance to meet a girl, with whom I had the chance to throw football and play corn hole with; and later saw her lodge. We're friends now. I also managed to join the Political Science Club, and elected to the position as the president. We held several meetings, including working on the constitution and bylaws. We also had a forum on the Michael Brown issue, which was a success as we had a great turnout, and school newspaper coverage. I, and two members of the group met four of our professors, and one of the speaker of the forum on downtown New Albany. We had a great dinner and good chat. That night made it my best since coming to Indiana University Southeast. The club also put on two parties - Midterm election and Political Science Club holiday celebration. In addition to the good start, I utilized the opportunity to meet with my professors during office hours to talk to them. I met with only the faculty of political science, though I should have also visited my math, English and speech teacher during their office hours. During the office hours, I had the chance to talk about myself, my stay here at Indiana University Southeast, and my hopes for the future. They have all been so support of my endeavor, and two had written my recommendation for the Honors Program. The other faculty helped me looked into saw school, including cost, LSAT, resources, and other valuable information I should be thinking about as I move forward. I worked hard in my classes that I managed to get A's and B's; except F in Math, which I promise to fix next semester. Of all the good that have happened, I'm mostly happy about my acceptance into the Honors Program and a scholarship from the Honor's Program. All these have given me the reasons to work harder and reach for new heights.
Although my first semester had been rough, it had also been a good start. I'm proud of all that I have accomplished, including my grades in my classes, meeting with my professors, leading the Political Science Club, and getting accepted into the Honors Program. Now that my first semester is over, I think I am ready for next semester. I've learned to schedule and prioritize, and I've learned to chase after my dream. I look forward to what next semester may bring; and I look forward to what I may achieve along the road.
Article taken from my personal blog.