In my Video Game Development class, I always have a hard time connecting traditional drawing ( real life sketching ) to digital drawing. So everyday I stay in the class for 2-6 extra hours a day whenever I have the class again. Why? Because I realized this type of work is something I want to do for the rest of my life, so if I want to try to be the best or actually get the job I truly want, I have to work hard at it and give it 120%.
Now looking back on it, I finally understand what people mean by college forces you to get out of your comfort zone. In just the first few months, I have come in contact with people who come from different walks of life, that have challenged my views on life for the better. I feel like I would not have gotten this opportunity anywhere else, but college.
I learned an important lesson in the hard way: it is essential to sign up for classes with less spots, make back-up plans, and have complete understanding on classes you are choosing.
I walked up to his desk and handed [my professor] the paper. Then, we just made eye contact and kept it for about 30 seconds before he asked “Do you have any questions?” I stood with a blank face and simply said “No” and walked out. I was able to go back and clear things up when I worked up enough courage to do so. This was a great college experience, helped me actually start talking to my professors, and is also a good story I get to tell my friends and people who just have questions about talking to their professors alike.
When I found out that as a student I had to make the first move and seek help from the professor during their office hours, I was so nervous. I was scared they would turn me away or they would think that I was not smart because I did not understand. In contrast, my professor was actually easy to talk to, he even stayed longer than his scheduled time to explain the material to me. I now find myself going to all of my professors’ office hours to get feedback on an assignment or just to gain some clarity on what we may have talked about in class.
Attending Contra Costa College wasn’t easy for me. There was a lot of reasons why I didn’t want to go to a community college. I didn’t want to attend CCC because of other people negative opinions, stereotypes of CC and for some reason I felt that it was going to be like High School. I made my choice to attend CCC and it has been the best decision in my life by far.
Though I still feel a longing for my home, I’ve perked up a little, and slowly am able to begin calling this school of mine, home.
I remember that EOP offer me to come and join Summer Bridge for 5 weeks. I was skeptical at first because I would be in an environment with people I don’t know and I am very timid. Then I realize that is basically what college going to be like when it starts. I joined Summer Bridge and I have to say it was the best choice I have ever made.
Although I am roughly half way finished with the first semester, this whole experience is honestly just the beginning. It’s going to get better from here. I feel as though I made the right choice attending here. The class sizes are small, the campus is nice, there aren’t too many buildings and the lecturers and TA’s are friendly. The air is clean and the stars are visible- no light pollution here! I’m not too far away from home and I’m absorbed with all that goes on that makes me proud to be here.
I moved into my dorms August 23rd, the last day I saw my family. I literally cried the whole 3 hour car ride here. That day was pretty rough, but that night was a completely different story. I adjusted really quickly after that day! I met a lot of new great people and UC Merced had a bunch of events the first 2 weeks.