7 Things I Have Learned From My First Semester Of College

7 Things I Have Learned From My First Semester Of College

The only journey is the journey within.


I have finally finished my first semester of college. I have had so many amazing memories and met so many people. I have also learned a lot and wanted to share some of those lessons. Here are 7 things I have learned from my first semester at Butler.

1. Learning how to prioritize.


Especially in college, prioritizing your studying is essential. My FYS class was designed where you can turn in work when you want so it fits in with your schedule. To stay on top of things, I decided to turn in writing assignments each week. There was one week that was particularly stressful and I chose to not do a writing assignment for that week. Since I am a perfectionist, I had to realize that it was okay to prioritize other classes first and that everything was still going to be okay.

2. You are going to have difficult professors and classes, but those are the ones that inspire you the most.


While I enjoyed all of my classes this semester, there was one in particular that caused more stress. The professor's teaching style didn't click with me, so I ended up working a lot harder in the class and for the final. While I didn't like it in the moment, I think it truly helped me become a better writer and reader.

3. Take advantage of the time you have during the day.


This semester, I didn't start any of my classes until 11 am. While that was nice, I realized I wasn't very productive with my time at first. Sometimes, I would sleep in late, or not start homework until after all of my classes were done. That led to some late nights that could have been prevented. I eventually got up earlier and did homework in the morning before my classes even started and I noticed a huge difference. That is something I'm going to continue to work on.

4. It's okay to not have everything figured out.


Going to Butler, I was a part of the Exploratory Studies Program. As the semester went on, I have figured out my true passion and I declared my major as Secondary Education and English. I am still exploring some things regarding my major and career. Especially with this, I have learned to go with the flow and that everything will happen for a reason.

5. Try to get out of your comfort zone.

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In the beginning, I kept to myself and didn't really venture out into trying new things. However, one thing I started doing was going to events for Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi. Usually, I only go to things where I can go with a friend to make it less scary. However, none of my friends were interested in these organizations, so I eventually forced myself to go by myself. I learned that I shouldn't throw opportunities away just because I'm the only one who wants to go. It turned out to be the best decision I have made. I've made a lot of new friends and they all made me feel welcomed.

6. Take care of yourself.


College can be a stressful and busy time. It's very important to make sure health comes first. No matter how important a class or an assignment is, it's not more important than how you feel physically or mentally. If you need to take a day for yourself, remember that it's okay. I'm currently working on eating throughout the day and getting good sleep because those simple tasks can make a difference in how I'm feeling.

7. Be yourself and have fun.


I'm slowly realizing and still learning that it's good to be yourself. College is not like high school and that people will like you for who you are. Being unique is a good thing and there will be people out there that will accept you. Also, it's important to have fun in college. While homework and studying is necessary, I make sure to have things I'm looking forward to throughout the week.

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To All Student-Athletes Beginning Their Respective Seasons, Remember Why You Play

You are going to get tired. You are going to get worn out...


Dear athlete,

The season is by far the most exciting time of the year. Big plays, good memories, traveling new places, and winning championships... But yet another promise is that season is also exhausting.

You are going to get tired. You are going to get worn out...

But remember that this season of your life doesn't last forever. Remind yourself why you play.

You play this sport because you love the game. You love the competition, you love your teammates and the friendships that you've formed, you love the lessons you learn aside from the physical aspect.

So each day, continue to choose the game.

It's not easy. But if it was, everyone would do it. But discomfort is where progress happens.

Quit dreading practices, quit wishing for rain, quit complaining about conditioning, and quit taking for granted a busy schedule that is literally made just for you. Tens of thousands of young girls and boys would do anything to be in the position (literally) that you are in. Take advantage of being a role model to those young kids who think the world of you.

Freshmen, this is what you have wanted for so long. Take advantage of the newness, take advantage of the advice, encouragement, and constructive criticism that your older teammates give you. Soak it all in, four years goes by really quickly.

Sophomores, you now know how it works. Be confident in your abilities, yet continue to learn and grow mentally and in your position.

Juniors, prepare to take the lead. Use this season to, of course, continue to sharpen your skill, but also recognize that you're over halfway done, so mentally and physically ready yourself to take the seniors' lead next year.

Seniors, this is it. Your last year of playing the sport that you love. Be a good leader, motivate, and leave your mark on the program in which you have loved for so long. Encourage the athletes behind you to continue the traditions and standards set by the program. Lay it all on the field, leave it all on the court, and leave your program better than you found it.

Take the season one day at a time and, each day, make it your goal to get better. Get better for your team, for you pushing yourself makes everyone else work even harder. So even if you don't get a lot of playing time, make your teammates better by pushing yourself so hard that they have no other choice than to push themselves too. And when a team has every single player pushing themselves to the max, success happens.

Take advantage of this time with your teammates and coaches, for they won't be your teammates and coaches forever.

No matter what year you are and no matter what your role is this season... GROW. You are an integral part of your team and your program.

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Let's End This Petty Debate Over Whose Major is Harder

We've all worked hard enough to get to college, can we just accept that everyone is pretty damn intelligent?


Every time I scroll through Twitter lately, there is some new meme making fun of STEM majors for boasting about their course load or Snapchat screenshots of Education majors cutting out shapes from cardboard paper for a project. We make fun of English majors for procrastinating on papers and readings, Communication majors for having a "fake" major, and Business majors because they always seem to be down to black out on a Tuesday and never go to class.

Even with fields of study there's a program everyone makes fun of. Point in case: the science majors sh*t on Environmental Science. Pre-meds make fun of nursing majors. Finance and economic majors make fun of business majors.

Why is making fun of our peers in other fields of study so popular? What need is this fulfilling? What is it accomplishing?

Arguing that your classes are more difficult won't make them any easier, just like calling someone fat doesn't make you any skinnier (to those of you who got the "Mean Girls" reference, thank you).

Also, there is no possible way anyone has taken every single class in a particular major that is NOT yours. Rolling your eyes when someone complains about a class is hypocritical and rude. As a Zoology major, I cannot judge how hard something like Accounting, Social Psych, or 18th Century Russian Literature (I made that one up, sue me) will be because I have never physically been in that course. Therefore, I have NO room to judge someone who is struggling in these courses, and honestly, I have no room to judge anyone in my own major because everyone's experience is uniquely their own.

Some classes are easy for some and harder for others, and certain people learn information differently. The way educators teach is definitely tailored to only one type of learner, and research on optimizing education is just catching up to how professors and teachers present material. You never know what someone is going through and anyone that can balance a full-time schedule, work, family life, and social life is doing DAMN well no matter what their major is.

I'm not saying I myself have never been guilty of doing this in my head. As humans, we automatically analyze and process opinions that are said to us to validate or invalidate them, but our instincts don't need to reflect on our actions. We're cultured queens, not cavemen.

Honestly, if you still think it's funny to make fun of education majors, think about all of your favorite teachers and the impression they left on you. Would you say those comments to their face?

What about the nurses at your pediatrician's office that held your hand as a kid when you had to get shots for school? Do you still think it's funny to make fun of them?

Every major forms a link to a vital career field that helps our world function in this modern state. Money makes the world go 'round, so thanks to business majors we have like, um, the economy. (Sorry I don't know much about business but I am thankful for you guys). Music and art majors bring us our favorite songs, movies, and expand our way of thinking.

Each person is gifted with different skills in the same way that we process information differently in class. Personally, I don't like working with sick people (ew, germs) and don't have enough compassion or patience, so I know I could never be a nurse or healthcare professional. Children scare me and I have a hard time explaining subjects to other people, so that knocks out teaching. I am TERRIBLE with money and can't even convince someone to buy my old textbooks, therefore business is a no go. I like politics but get too defensive in debates and have NO filter on what I say (yes this does get me in trouble sometimes). We know our strengths and weaknesses and choose our future based on these self-evident truths, so you pretending like someone else's major or job is a cakewalk is just lying to yourself and downright embarrassing to watch.

The point is we need all majors to be a well-rounded society and everyone has their place of importance. Let's just focus on getting those A's before baes and lifting each other up instead of tearing someone's career path down to make yourself feel more secure in your choice.

It's 2019, get over yourself and mind your damn business.

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