My First Semester Of College Is Over

My First Semester Of College Is Over

After many hard-working months, I finally finished my first semester.

As final exams approach and I have only a few days until the last of my classes, I am coming to the realization that I completed my very first semester.

The stressful nights of endless homework and studying to the early morning coffee stops have finally paid off. Since the beginning of semester I have looked forward to this day, and now it's finally here. I look back at all the education I obtained and some of the education that I failed to retain. My first semester in college was one of the hardest obstacles that I've had to complete, but I did it.

Many people don't understand this accomplishment because they have no clue how time-intensive college really is, especially as a biochemistry major. My course load this semester consisted of biology, chemistry, biology lab, chemistry lab, pre-modern history and Spanish.

Although some of my classes were easy, most of the time anyway, there is still parts of the curriculum that are more difficult than others. For example, history is usually just note-taking but one difficult part of the course was when we had to read a 200-page book in a week. In my science classes, the workload never subsides. So when my humanity classes add to the workload from those two classes, it can get quite stressful.

Since it was my first semester in college, I had to adjust my learning habits that I had become accustomed to. For example, I couldn't wait until the night before the assignment was due to start it. I also had to learn how to manage my time and figure out how much time I needed to spend doing each subject. I learned that time management was a key factor for success in college.

I plan on using the skills that I have adapted to pass all of my finals. Although many of them are back-to-back, I just have to use my time efficiently. Passing finals shows what I have learned in a cumulative process since the beginning of the semester.

In completion to my first semester of college, I have time to relax before I start the next level of courses. I plan on relaxing by taking a vacation to the Caribbean with my family. Hopefully, time away from school will prepare me to do better next semester.

Overall, I have enjoyed my first semester of college, and not only furthered my education but I have learned things about myself that I didn't know before I started school.

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You Went To An All-Girl School If Any Of These 32 Moments Sound Familiar

"The best thing about going to an all-girls school was that it never occurred to you that you can't do exactly what you set your mind to."

1. Your most difficult decision in the morning was which color kilt to put on and if your hair was going in a ponytail or a bun

2. There was never avoiding everyone dressing almost completely the same.

3. Trying to cheat the dress code

You tried all the loopholes to get around the dress code. From rolling skirts to wearing sneakers, to illegal sweatshirts and leggings you would dash around the halls hoping to not run into your Dean.

4. You have an abundance of sports bras and spandex shorts from wearing them under your uniform skirt

5. But, you didn't really care how you looked, because hey, there were no boys. Who cares!

6. You thought it was perfectly acceptable to change in the middle of the hallway, and it totally was.

7. Senior privileges were things like wearing Christmas socks and having your own special sweater, and dressing up for Halloween

8. The winter time meant that no one shaved their legs

9. And when someone finally did they would go around all day asking everyone to feel how nice they were

10. You knew everyone in your class... which wasn't too hard when there were only 67 of you

11. You got used to being referred to as “ladies” all the time, even when you weren’t in trouble

12. You have no problem discussing your period in graphic detail

12. In fact, you’ve probably walked into a room yelling if anyone has a tampon

13. And at one point you “synced up” will all of your friends

14. Everyone treated gym class like it was the Olympics or an 80s work out video

19. You had a really close relationship with all of your teachers

20. Dances with your “brother schools” were always a HUGE deal.

21. And everyone would meet up at someone else’s house to get ready so you would be able to walk into the gym at the same time

22. You know that "leave room for the Holy Spirit" IS a real thing.

23. There was food, everywhere, like, all the time

24. In fact, you and your friends ate way more than other girls that you knew

25. And everyone took their food very seriously

26. You probably played a boy in the school play/musical

27. Spirit week was a HUGE deal

28. Everyone tried to figure out who was secretly a lesbian.

29. When someone got a boyfriend everyone knew about it immediately

30. You wore this for graduation, and no one even questioned it

31. But the best thing about going to an all-girls school was that it never occurred to you that you can't do exactly what you set your mind to.

32. The sayings are true, I didn’t meet my husband in high school but I sure as hell met my bridesmaids

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Misconceptions About Medical School

The U.S. Compared to Bangladesh

America is unique in many ways and we never fail to show how different we are compared to the rest of the world. Whether it’s not using the metric system, short maternity leaves for new moms, or still using capital punishment as a developed nation, we tend to do things differently when compared to our counterparts around the globe. One thing that the U.S. does differently from countries such as Bangladesh is the medical school admissions process.

Ever since I was five years old, I have always dreamed of becoming a doctor. My parents and I had different upbringings since they grew up in Bangladesh with the education system over there. When I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in medicine, my parents and I had a few misunderstandings in terms of the process of becoming a doctor here. I soon discovered that along with my parents, many Bangladeshi people were unfamiliar with the system here and that they had a few misconceptions.

The first misconception they had was that medical school is an option immediately after graduation from high school. This is a common misunderstanding that people from Bangladesh have because over there if you decide to become a doctor you can declare that during high school and complete science courses and then apply to get into medical school. Here in the U.S., students have to study for four years in their undergraduate career and then go on to medical school for another four years; making the total amount of schooling equivalent to approximately eight years. This is completely different from Bangladesh where students go directly into medical school after high school.

Another misconception that Bangladeshi people had was that pre-medicine is a college major. This is not true since pre-medicine is just a track and you have to major in a field that will end up being your Bachelor’s degree. Most people major in the Biological sciences, but you can major in any subject as long as you take the classes required for the pre-medicine track.

The last difference between the two countries’ processes is that medical school admission is not guaranteed unlike the programs in Bangladesh. Medical school acceptance rates are very low here and it is much more competitive than it is in Bangladesh. The biggest disadvantage is that applicants must put in four to five years’ worth of work before finding out whether or not they are eligible to get into medical school. Alongside excellent grades and high MCAT scores, students must also shadow doctors, volunteer at hospitals, have leadership experience, great letters of recommendation, essays, and interviews. They must also engage in many more activities to be a competitive applicant for medical schools. Unfortunately, despite having everything right there is still a very high chance of rejection. Bangladeshi medical schools don’t take all of these factors into account and so my parents were initially shocked with these requirements.

I cannot explain the countless amount of times my parents and I have had to explain to friends and family members in Bangladesh about the medical school admissions process here and how pre-medicine is not the same thing as studying medicine. Being well informed benefits both the students and parents since studying pre-medicine is not a joke. It is a rigorous cirriculum that comes with many requirements. It surely isn’t easy to get into medical schools in either countries and it is looked at as a great achievement and honor in both places.

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