How college is going so far

College is a very different experience than high school and anything else I have experienced. Being able to attend college is truly a blessing and every time I step foot on campus I am overwhelmed with enlightenment. My first semester of college was a very challenging one. It was challenging in many aspects such as the workload, early morning classes and the work itself. I often felt myself becoming discouraged after receiving quiz/ test grades and also thought that I wasn’t good enough. Altogether, I just started to develop a negative mindset about everything I was being faced with. I remember hearing a quote that said, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you cant change it, change your attitude.” Instead of giving up, I began to change the way I thought. I decided to start thinking positively about my situation and took control of my life. I did very things that would allow me to reach a greater state of mind such as attending tutoring, meeting with my mentor every other week, and participating in the Black Student Union.
Within weeks of going to tutoring, I noticed that more of the material was sticking to me and most importantly, I was learning! I enjoyed tutoring very much first semester and its something that I will definitely continue to attend. Also, I made it a priority to meet with a mentor, every other week, which was assigned to me by the Success Mentor Program on campus to help me to be as successful as possible. This program really helped me because it allowed me to have a sense of community and it felt good to be checked on and encouraged by someone who cared more than just about my academics, but as well as my family, how I got along with my roommate, and how I felt about living off campus. Living off campus is not as difficult as I anticipated it to be. It has been a great experience actually, and I’ve met so many cool people in my community.
I also attend the BSU club on campus and it’s been a great experience as well. Each week the club meets together to talk and elaborate on pressing issues that are going on in the community, the nation, and even the world. I enjoy this club because I get to be around many people that are like me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for diversity, but I also feel its important to have the option of experiencing college with those I have a lot in common with.
Next semester I plan to continue attending tutoring and go to office hours more frequently than I did first semester. I think those two things are very important and is something that I definitely understand that I must be responsible for. So far college has been a really good experience and I appreciate everyone who has been so supportive in my journey. I thank the Scully Foundation tremendously for providing me hope and determination. I am also motivated to do the best that I can because I want to make them extremely proud. This is just the beginning of my journey, and I am very thankful for both the Edfund and Scully Foundation for allowing me to pursue my dreams and to experience a beautiful chapter in my life.

Beginning A New Chapter

After graduating high school and going into my college career I didn’t really know what to expect. I knew that college would be a huge step away from high school but that it would grant me access to limitless possibilities that would greatly benefit me in the future. All summer long I found myself contained in my house looking up college forums on the Internet to get a feel of what college might be like. I’d spent countless hours on my college’s website digging up all the info I could to ensure I was familiar with my school and the resources that would help me to be a successful student. I was so excited to be starting a new chapter in my life that college became a great interest to me.
I have always been one to be interested in school as well as focused on my academics and I constantly wondered just how UC Merced would influence my interest on both. Although I was excited about college, I wasn’t really a big fan of the school I’d be attending for the next four years. The college is literally located in the middle of nowhere and the town reminds me of a rural area. When people think of college, they mostly think about the outside and wild party life. I must admit, I thought of those things too when college came to mind, but soon as I stepped foot in Merced, California, my whole perspective of my college experience changed. Merced is a very small, quite town and there isn’t much to do. The atmosphere out here is much different than the bay area’s and I immediately knew this was the place for me. I enjoy the quite, peacefulness of the city and there are no distractions. I am able to think clearly and focus on school.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to receive on-campus housing due to limited space so I had to get an apartment. So far it has been great, just consists of a lot of responsibility. I do enjoy the independence though. Being away from home feels good. I miss my family, but I know that I have to take care of business and focus on school in order to achieve my most valued goals for my family and myself. As of now, college is a wonderful experience but I know that there are more great things to come that will make my experience impeccable.

First Week of College

There have been many transitions in my life after graduating high school going into my college career. One of the main aspects was my housing situation. I had originally planned to reside on campus for my first two semesters but it fell through when I was put on the waitlist list. Continue reading