My First Year

My first year in college was a journey unlike any other. It was filled with many difficult moments, but also memories that will follow me for a lifetime. I met some amazing people and experienced a new part of me that I did not know existed. I learned that procrastinating is possibly the single worst thing any college student can do. It is the main reason why people fall behind and why so many students feel overwhelmed. I realized that in college, everything is left up to you. No one is there to push you to get things done, teachers will not give you extensions on assignments, and the school will not call home when you do not show up for class; it all depends on your own personal will. College is just a small taste of what the real world is once you leave home. My first year taught me that nothing gets easier once you graduate high school, but that the outcomes of your struggles are even greater than before. I learned to enjoy my life day by day, and to appreciate every little thing even more. This last year I learned that I am capable of achieving more than I originally thought. I pushed myself to limits I did not know I could reach, and still managed to come out on top and be successful. I learned that all limits are simply what you make them out to be. When it comes to my campus I learned that my school offers numerous amount of help for students, and that the setting of my campus is absolutely perfect. We are located in a major city and only moments away from the state capital, but also secluded enough so that the typically city life does not take a toll on student life. The close proximity to the city also allows for students to participate in internships in the city while living on campus as well. Over all I feel absolutely positive with my choice in school. The community that surrounds the campus is absolutely amazing and compliments the atmosphere of the college perfectly. The best advice I can give anyone is to pick a school based on your personality and your preference on proximity to a big city.

College: Harder than expected, but not impossible.

Jumping into my first weeks of school was not as stressful as I had imagined them. I attended all my classes, and I actually grew to like all my professors. I am getting my work done on time, and I am keeping up with most of my assignments. Everything was going along great, until it came the time for my first two college midterms. That was the most stressful week of my entire school career. I studied for a total of seven hours one day simply because I knew I had too many commitments on other days to get any studying done. I made sure that studying for those test was my main priority but I also needed to take care of other schoolwork and my campus activities as well. For the first few days I fumbled around a bit, I was simply trying to get used to the swing of college that I felt like it might all be a bit too much. But I pushed on through the week and ultimately came out on top. I passed both my midterms with flying colors, and now I fully understood what the meaning of hard work is.

At first college seemed like it was going to be a never-ending cycle of reading, homework and studying, as though I was never going to get to have a social life. However, I did not realize how many student organizations and clubs my campus has to allow students to get involved in activities that suit their interest. I found two clubs that fit my interest perfectly; mock trial and water polo. I joined both clubs, and now I love college even more than when I started. I have made amazing friends through my clubs and those living in my residential hall. I always thought college was going to be tough and that making friends would be hard, but now I find myself taking classes I love, being involved in activities that I enjoy and benig surrounded by friends that mean the world to me. Now I hope to take my dream to the next level. Now that I am here in college, I want to meet the right people and make the right connections so that I can be guided onto the correct path for my intended field of study. I want to meet people that will support me in all my decisions, and I want to be able to ultimately, make my enormous student debt be completely worth my while. I always tell my parents, I will never work a day in my life if I do what I love, and that means me pursuing my dreams in college and always striving for the best.
-Alejandra, University of Minnesota ’16