When I first thought about applying to college, the thought was terrifying. Going to a new place and not knowing anyone can be quite overwhelming. I was nervous about everything that you could possibly think of; I thought about it and worried incessantly.
I was so nervous that I was not going to be able to handle anything in college, my classes and the people in them. I was worried about the work and not getting it done on time, since a lot of the homework is all online. I was nervous about not getting to classes on time, because in a few of my classes attendance is part of your overall grade. I think I was most nervous about people and feeling out of place.
As soon as the semester started and I got through my first day, I was less nervous about coming to class and getting all of my work done. People do and will always make me nervous but as the semester goes on, I have high hopes that I will get used to it and make friends. If I just do me then everything will be alright.
– Kristen Schwab
I’ve only been in college for a few weeks now. When I stop and think about it, it seems kind of crazy that I could have learned a whole lot about myself as a student in such a short time, but the truth is I have. When I first started I was a little nervous but I had done well in high school. How different could it really be? As it turns out college isn’t as simple as I thought.
I now have to manage my time more efficiently than I ever thought I could. Assignment due dates are much more spread out in college than in high school, giving the illusion that there is plenty of time to get them done. Having an agenda has greatly helped me in managing my time, and I suggest that every college student use one. Dates, times, and assignments have a way of creeping up on me. Being responsible about my time has helped me greatly.
I am responsible for way more in college than I ever was in high school. No one is telling me what to do, where to go, or how to go about things. Taking responsibility for what needs to be done isn’t a new concept to me. However school has taken it to a whole new level. I am no longer only responsible to pay bills and go to work; I am now responsible to complete school work as well.
Finally, the greatest thing I have found with my college experience is a new confidence starting to blossom. I used to be afraid to say the wrong thing. Going to classes I have found that no one is laughing at me. Everyone I am in class with is feeling the same thing. We are all out of our element and we are all there for the same reason.
Over all I would say I have learned a lot about myself in the time that I have been at GCC. It’s defiantly a challenge but a rewarding one. I am looking forward to see how I grow as an individual in the next two years.