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… Wait… What?!

5 Dec

Freshman year. I don’t know what expectations I had when I came to the University of Arizona, although, I knew I was excited and SOOOO nervous. Obviously, I knew that everyone that came here would be studying different subjects. I assume it crossed my mind that everyone would have different experiences, but it wasn’t until I was in the midst of my freshman year that I realized that my experience here would be NOTHING like anyone else. It looked like mine would be a long, rough journey while some people would have a cake walk. 

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My journey is like Amy’s dance moves, a little rough, but fun! Meanwhile, others….

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are rockin’ it.

 

Anyway… This was made extremely clear to me from the get go. A few weeks into the semester, I found out that I was in a class that was tailored to sophomore science majors, where I (a first semester freshman) was taking it just to test out the waters. On top of that, I found out that the specific class I was in was an “experimental” class, which essentially meant we were learning nothing the other students were learning, so when lab came around, I had no idea what was going on. Ever.

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I am SURE this was my face in every lab.

And if I didn’t already understand that my work load was large, my math class was there to reinforce that. Out of everyone I became friends with my freshman year, I was in the highest level math class and I was NOT prepared for the material or the pace. It was one of the toughest parts of my first semester.

But what really put this all into perspective was my homework. I had crazy math homework every night and a 4 hour lab once a week for my science class. I spent countless hours every night working on assignments. All of my friends would be going to get dinner and I would be stuck in my dorm doing homework for hours. 

In fact, I had so many assignments that I need to use post it notes to keep myself organized. I had 15-20 post it notes with assignments for a single week. At the end of each week I would make new post it notes for the following week. I was drowning in post its.

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The cat representation of me running away from homework…

The biggest realization I had freshman year was that even though we are all sharing this experience, it will be unique to every individual. That is the magic of college, we all come here from different backgrounds with different interests that lead us to different paths. The workload for a BFA theatre student is polar opposite from a mechanical engineering student, both have their challenges and rewards. 

 This experience is different for everyone, it is amazing and challenging. Enjoy your time here. Again, not everyone will have the same experience or work load as you. 

-Elena 

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Test Taking, D2L, Office Hours, My Oh My, You’re in College Now!

11 Apr

Over the last four years at U of A I have realized that you pick up many tips along the way, such as, don’t park over night in the garages unless you have a parking pass, always pack a bottle of water, and always mark your planner when you have tests. Although these tasks are minimal, they are very easy to forget. My time spent as a freshman was in a state of chaos, always scrambling last minute to study or pulling an all-nighter to finish that paper that ‘s due Monday at 8am. I will admit it now. . .  I was the Princess of Procrastination. At the end of semester, I did successfully pass all of my classes, but always found myself stressed out, tired, and not enjoying school.

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As I entered my Sophomore year I knew I had to change my ways or else I would go crazy with this type or lifestyle. I began finding study groups in my classes. By doing this when I was going to study I already had a selected academic group that would be helpful to study with. I also found out that by having friends in class, you then are less likely to ditch. Another great study tip is visiting your professor’s office hours. I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE THINKING….. blah blah blah everyone says that. But, let’s approach this from a different perspective. In college you are usually in classes with hundreds of other students, making an impression on your professor is rather difficult and when you are trying to seek out help in your class you may feel like you are the only one who is having this problem. You’re not. Your professor was once a student as well, be open-minded and stop assuming your professor won’t understand where you are coming from. Lastly, being a college student is about being an adult and taking responsibilities seriously. Your job is to be a student, act professionally in your classes; don’t text, get off Facebook, and take good notes.  Take your role as a student seriously, by doing this you will mold your habits and behavior to succeed in your academic setting.

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Mental attitude is everything, as a student you are challenging yourself is multiple subjects areas when you feel that you are lacking motivation to start studying look over your past behaviors and habits. Ask yourself are these things good for me as a student? Am I taking my role as a student as serious as I can? What can I do in my role to improve my success as a student?