Taking into consideration that I am apart of a quarter system, I did not exactly expect for everything to move so fast at first. In the beginning of the year, it became hard for me to balance my time. Time management wasn’t exactly my forte, and it made life so much harder than it had to be. Having two jobs, being in a fraternity, and going to school was a lot to juggle, but everything ended up being just all right. I also have a girlfriend, so making time to see her was and is quite difficult. Looking back at the beginning of the year, I can say that my time management has improved significantly, and my grades show it. Fall quarter I received a 2.5 GPA, and this past quarter, Winter quarter, I received a 3.5, bumping my cumulative GPA to a 3.2. Now that I finally am starting to get the hang of this quarter system, I can say that I am ready for my sophomore year. I believe my grades are the area I improved in the most. My classes were not hard In the beginning, but it was balancing my time that was so hard. The workload wasn’t what bothered me, but more so juggling everything on my to-do-list. When I am taking twelve units, having two jobs that are far away from school, dealing with financial issues, in a fraternity, and handling all of my documents for school, it is a little hard to stay level headed. But I managed to do so all throughout my first year, and I will certainly end it as such. I am not planning on living on campus next year, for I am moving out with a bunch of my pledge brothers. I am grateful for what Cal State housing had to offer, and it certainly helped me develop a sense of community.
As I commuted to Cal State East Bay Hayward on the 26th of September, I was nervous and scared, I didn’t know anyone. As I went to my first class that started in the afternoon, I was really shocked of how many people were in the class (less than 30 people). The professors are really nice, they expect everyone to take responsibility for their own work and they’re there to help you, not fail you. It took some time to get used to the facility and build courage to take advantage of the resources around the campus.
My first impression of college life was “WOW! I have to wake up this early three days a week?” I also thought that the college classes were really big with lectures and the teachers really didn’t care, but they really do, each and every one of my professors took the time to get to know each and every one of the students in the class. Also, I was expecting the classes to assign lots of homework, but they really help work around the situations you’re in and come across. For example, not having your book on time, they will postpone the work, they will help you, only if you ask for it. This semester I’m looking forward to learning a lot and working really hard to accomplish my goals by doing homework and taking my time on the work. I’ve made a couple of friends during my first week of school, but I am looking forward to meeting more new people as I go through this semester.
-Cathy, CSU East Bay ’16