My Biggest Takeaways From The First Semester Of College, Good AND Bad

My Biggest Takeaways From The First Semester Of College, Good AND Bad

It's always good to look back and reflect on the good, the bad, and yes, even the ugly. Here's a look into my third semester in college.


First semester of sophomore year was definitely interesting.

There were many ups and downs. Many adult life moments.

Let's start with the good.

I got to cover my favorite sport for a student organization I am proud to be a part of and even got to conduct my first interview in Spanish! It might not seem like a big deal for many of you, but it was the first step for me towards achieving my dream of professionally covering the sport in a Spanish-speaking country in the future.

Not only did I stay busy covering a collegiate sport, but I also got three jobs. So, I had never worked a day before in my life, not because I didn't want to, but because my parents didn't allow me to. They have always wanted me to focus on my studies and now thanks to on-campus jobs, I get to focus on my academics and earn some money.

Now, this is more on a personal matter, I got to meet my favorite hockey player! THAT is probably my favorite thing because I got to see the kind of sweetheart he is with his fans and family, which probably just makes him even more of my favorite. If you guys want to read more about me meeting him, I did write an article about it.

Another personal achievement was the control I had over my anxiety. Last school year was such a tough year for me, and my anxiety was constantly deuterating my mental health. However, I made sure to care more for myself, which helped control my anxiety. I'm not saying that it went completely away and that I got rid of it, but I got a better grip at it.

Oof, here comes the bad and the ugly.

The most obvious one was of only seeing my family twice this semester and only going back home once. I'm extremely family oriented, so being away from my family was especially tough. It gets worse when things aren't so great at home either. I won't get into it, but it was definitely a tough change from being able to see my family at least once a month last school year.

I learned the importance of time management. And I learned it the hard way. I sign up and say "yes" to basically anything and everything if it means getting involved or having fun. However, it's hard to do that while balancing three jobs and like 20 credits. I have always been bad at time management, but it never got to be this bad.

The real ugly would probably be how hard the reality of adult life hit me. Having to pay bills, do your own maintenance, etc. All of the things I was used to having my parents do, I suddenly had to do and yes, it stressed me out beyond belief. I swear I lost count of the number of times I called my parents in tears.

However, this semester has definitely taught me a lot more than I expected.

It taught me about myself. About growing up. About happiness.

And while the bad and the ugly made me feel horrible, they helped toughen me up for the next semesters ahead. We only have two and a half years left of this.

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10 Ways College Is 100% NOTHING Like High School

Once-a-day showers go to dry shampoo for four days straight.


As a college freshman well into their second semester, it has officially occurred to me just how different, and often times better, college is compared to its predecessor, high school.

Here are just 10 ways the two could not be MORE different:

1. How you sleep

You'll go from waking up three hours before school to three minutes before class

2. How you hygiene

Once-a-day showers develop into dry shampoo for four days straight.

3. How you eat

Pizza goes from a once-in-a-while treat to an everyday food group.

4. How you socialize

You'll go from being nice to everyone to disliking people for no reason.

5. How much effort you put into your appearance

High school contour was on fleek and now there's somehow mascara on your forehead.

6. How you nap

Naps go from two hours to 10 minutes.

7. How you operate heavy machinery

Driving goes from 10 and 2 with perfectly lined up mirrors to driving with your knees and eating a taco.

8. Your classmates

High school classes are with all of your friends and college classes have strangers in them almost every day.

9. The people teaching you things

High school teachers are scary and mean, while college professors become your friends.

10. Textbooks

High school textbooks are provided where college textbooks need to be bought with another student loan.

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5 Reasons Why Staying At College For The Summer Is The Ultimate Power Move

No school, no rules, summer vacation at the best place on Earth, also known as college.


As summer begins, it brings in the joy of no more school but for most what summer really brings is the sad realization that we have to leave our favorite place and go back to our boring home town with none of our new best friends. Although some have decided to stay at college for the summer and they will soon realize why this will be the best choice that they will be making all summer.


What's better than no school, warm weather, and most importantly no one to say, "Are you just going to sleep till 2:30 p.m. every day this summer?"

1. It's like the weekend, but every day

Do you know what weekends felt like during the school year when you didn't have anything to do? No? You never had any free weekends? Wow, I'm so sorry. Well, imagine a weekend that you didn't have to do anything. Now multiply that one weekend by seven and you get seven Saturday like days where you do not have a single care in the world.

3. No "Go cut the grass!"

For the sons, you know that annoying time every week when your dad is going to say, "Go cut the grass." There is nothing you can do to get out of it. Well, staying at school for the summer means no more nagging. You get to choose what you do now.

4. The bond of friendship

The friends you make when you stay at college for the summer are different than any other bond. Mostly because you all don't have a care in the world since it's summer in your favorite place. It's a right of passage to call someone your summer college best friends. These are best friends that words wouldn't do justice.

5. The townies

Everybody always wonders what happens to a college town when all the college kids go home. Well, the townies come back in full swing and take their town back. If you stay at your college, you get to experience what most can't even describe in words. To the one mid-40s guy trying to relive his glory days. To the old men hitting on the college girls at the local pub. To the weird towny creatures that make you shiver with fright as you drive past them. Have fun townies, you only have three months.

That dream of "I wish I could just stay here at college with all these people but have no responsibilities" is finally coming true.

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