Lister Jones 145-58-3641 Essay 1 Throughout my lifetime I have listened to people reflect back on their college experiences and explain how college is supposed to be “the best experience of your life.” The summer after my senior year I use to try and imagine what my first semester was going to be like based on what I had heard people talk about in the past. After my first semester at NC State I realized that I couldn’t fully understand what college was like until I experienced it for myself. My first couple of weeks at Ohio State was rough and really tested my strength (mental and physical).
I faced challenges and obstacles that I had never heard about in those past college experience conversations. All of a sudden there was no one to get me out of the bed when I hit the snooze button on my alarm clock.
There was no one to make me get off the phone or turn off the T. V and go do homework. A curfew no longer existed and my decisions were made based on only my judgment. I can remember missing 8: 05 classes because I stayed out too late the night before.
In high school the teacher would constantly remind the students when certain assignments were due, but this was not the case in college. I learned that the hard way my first semester. Sometimes I forgot to turn in an assignment because I didn’t properly read my syllabus and my professor never mentioned it. These were all new problems that could have easily let escalate without taking the proper actions. For the most part I was doing fairly well but a few of my grades began to plummet. I was losing the confidence in myself and started to wonder if going to college had been the best decision.
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The time had come for me to grow up and become an adult even I didn’t feel the time was right. I immediately began attending tutoring sessions, working with peers and also keeping a daily to-do list. These factors were the eventually led to drastic improvement and success. After my first semester I learned how better manage my time, take advantage of campus resources and also how to organize myself better. These struggles also taught me that sometimes I try and rush through things instead of taking my time.
I realized that one of my strong points is being able to really do well when my back is against the wall. Although I was unhappy while facing obstacles I am happy I experienced them. I believe this experience was the reason for my growth and maturing. Now I understand that sometimes we must struggle in order to achieve success.
That first semester helped me to discover myself and realize success is hard work. I believe everything worked out for the best because now I am better prepared for the current semester. I used my mistakes and obstacles as a stepping stones so I can rise to higher heights in the future.