Blog post #4

The plans I set for the summer were to get a job, learn how to drive, and have an overall relaxing vacation. As of right now, I am currently acting on all of my plans which results in a pretty busy schedule. I’ve made sure to time to spend as much time with friends and family while home and am now receiving a steady income to pay for my rent as well as miscellaneous items and expenses while I’m home for the summer. My goal is to gain my driver’s license and hopefully save up enough money to go half with my family on my first car; something that would be extremely helpful when buying groceries in Merced.
One thing I’m worried about when going back is the fact that I can’t seem to choose a major. It seems like every course I take, I find some way to appreciate the material and how it affects the world. This in turn makes it difficult for me to decide what field I want to commit to in my future career. I know that in time I’ll find my way but I’m starting to believe that I’m the type to have multiple careers that’ll match my interests at the moment. I just desire to find that major that I’m so passionate about I research it in my free time, preferably one that transcends every field and touches on every subject because I like to learn new things. I don’t want a job, I want a career.
Some days I miss school and some days I wish summer wasn’t moving so fast. I’m so happy to have these months off of school completely letting my mind rest from endless exams and papers. However currently I’ve been missing college. I miss learning probably the most and I’m excited to get back in the classroom. I’ve never said that about school before I got to college.

You Are Not Alone!

It has been one crazy ride—my first year of college, that is. I have endured many laughs, tears, failures, successes, feelings of excitement, and feelings of frustration. Although I did my best in preparing for the transition of moving to college, I realized that I was not at all ready for what was to come. I rarely experienced homesickness or the difficulty of living on my own. Instead I experienced a lack of self-motivation and self-support. I found it hard to motivate myself when it came to school. When things got hard, I mainly reached out to my mother because she was the strongest and most motivating person I knew I could count on for anything. She helped me get through the harsh reality of school, relationships, and even my own self-caused problems. During this first year of college, I learned that just because your moving out of your parents’ house doesn’t mean your moving out of their care, love, and support. My mother and God is what helped me through the best of times and most importantly, through the worst of times. I know that this blog may not be exactly the ideal topic everyone was anticipating to read, but I wanted to share a side that many students don’t show. I hesitated to write this because I felt that it may cause me to look vulnerable to others, but I did so anyway because I am sure that there are others out there who had just as a hard time as I did. I not only wrote this for myself, but I wrote this in hopes of reaching out to others and letting them know that they aren’t alone. My entire first year, I convinced myself that I was alone and that no one could possibly understand my struggle. I even believed that I endured the most disappointing year of my life. I realized through all my struggles I was learning to become more disciplined in my studies, stronger to move on from failures and more comfortable with reaching out for help. I am glad that I have learned those things, so that when its time to start my Sophomore year I will not go through the same situations again.

Blog Post #3

At the beginning of the year, I felt like I had the most trouble with procrastination concerning my schoolwork. I was accustomed to high school ways of completing homework where I would start the assignments last minute and still get a good grades on them. I’ve learned that it is not that easy in college. Procrastinating in college really holds me back because I have to manage work from multiple classes while also trying to fit in time to study for upcoming midterms. Letting all of that pile up is a disaster. Not concerned about the quality as much as getting things done, I’d rush to finish the essays or assignments. This caused so much stress on me because I knew I wasn’t producing my best work and I was making life harder for me than it had to be. In order for me to retain information, I have to commit the proper time and effort in my schoolwork to bring about my best performance. Now I that I have found ways to better manage my time, it’s led to a reduction of stress and an improvement in my test scores.
That being said I feel like my biggest improvements have been practicing a better time management system and being more confident in my abilities. Compared to last semester, I am so much calmer and well rested because I now prioritize my time. I’ve also learned to be more confident in my academic abilities. At first I was intimidated being around students that I felt were better prepared for college than I was, but now I know that I am as capable as any other student to be successful in college. I’m enjoying my college journey so far and I look forward to what is to come in the future.

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