It has been an amazing year filled with late nights, good grades, and funny memories out with friends. I don’t think I can imagine my freshman year any different. College was, at the same time, what I expected and not what I expected.
As challenging as my first year at UCLA has been, I do not regret my decision in attending this university. It has taught me a lot about myself in such a short span of time that is both irreplaceable and valuable towards personal and professional growth.
The biggest moment for me at UCLA was attending office hours. I always told myself that I would go to office hours, and I would, but I would never go for chemistry.
In the midst of ending this quarter strong, I am faced with a struggle that most students deal with during their college career. Although I initially applied to UCLA as a pre-sociology major, I have not been following the pre-requisites for my respective major.
I have learned many things in my first quarter of college. While my experience was not smooth by any means, I am excited to take what I learned in my first quarter and apply it to my future college endeavors.
The classes at UCLA are packed with information and allow me to apply what I learn to life outside of college. This is very rewarding. The classes are not always easy, but the professors and staff are always willing to help.
I like UCLA; the environment, the people I’ve gotten to meet, and all the resources available. I know it’s [going to] be a challenging year but I’m going to make it great with the support of my friends, family and organizations like the Ed Fund.
College, is not a place where you go with the exact knowledge of who you are and what you want to be, it is a place that shapes the person you are destined to become and helps you find the path in which is best suited for you.
“If it does not challenge you, it will not change you.” I thought about what he had said throughout the whole day, and I thought to myself, “Well, if you really wanted to change, you would have to accept the challenge.”
Transitioning from a four month long summer into college was tough. But now that I’m out of the transitional phase, living 6 hours away from home isn’t as daunting as I imagined. I thought I would be homesick by the second week, but I was wrong. Week 4 is approaching and I can confidently say that I am comfortable here. Sure, I can’t see my cat, my boyfriend, or my family regularly, but I know the distance away from home will give my room for growth.
My first few weeks here were exciting! Although I felt like the environment was a little out of my element, it was exciting meeting so many people whose names I have already forgotten. There are so many people here that it is easy to fade into the background in a crowded room, but once you make a few friends it isn’t so bad anymore.
The initial impression of college life didn’t differ too much from what I came in expecting. I knew that college was going to be a lot of hard work and I also knew that school would consume most of my time. In the first two weeks, I was prepared for whatever work that was thrown at me. Today, I feel like I am improving as a student all the time. However, I am developing bad habits. For example, yesterday I had one cup of coffee. Yes, I said it. One entire cup!! I don’t want to end up as a caffeine-addict by the end quarter 1, but I see the inevitable already coming.
As quarter 1 progresses and the transitional phase comes to an end, I am most looking forward to becoming a better, more mature version of myself in college.
-Celesti, UCLA ’16