I love the independence offered when it comes to choosing a variety of classes. On a trimester schedule, in a liberal arts school with an option of four classes a semester, the combinations and ability to take classes outside my comfort zone are endless. Because of the way students are not entirely limited to those classes that fall within their major, I can reach out and explore new subjects that perhaps may leave a lasting impact on my life and future.
All the different stuff I need to constantly practice and/or review. Of course this is my flat, and it's a good problem because it shows how involved I am, but sometimes there isn't enough time for me to put my best effort into all my activities. I should probably narrow down what I want to participate in next term.
I am also stressed about my future. I want to pursue all my interests, but it is so hard to get the courses I need! I also want to participate in activities that will help me learn grow, and improve my skills.
I have only had one job, I was a runner at a local lumberyard. My duties consisted of loading the trucks of customers that came in to buy lumber and loading the company trucks that went out on delivery. Sometimes I would get to go out with the truck drivers if they needed a hand with whatever it was that they were delivering. I am generally a shy and somewhat awkward person, but this job forced me to improve my people skills and talk with people I had never met before each and every day.
I experienced great difficulty adjusting to college during my first term. I was unused to the heavy work load, having found most of my high school courses easy. I also was not good at getting up early, and missed class more often that I am proud to admit. I missed home, I missed routine. I was so desperate to make new friends and enjoy the little time we get at Union that I let my grades slip.
Now, I'm meeting with my Minerva Mentor once a week. She's helped me develop study habits and improve my time-management.