Reminisces Upon Completing (Undergraduate) College

Reminisces Upon Completing (Undergraduate) College

At times, it felt like this day would never come.

Assuming that I passed all my final exams, I am now theoretically finished with my undergraduate degree.

I don’t intend to walk until next spring because the spring graduation at CofC seems absolutely gorgeous, and it is something that I have been looking forward to the whole time that I have been going to this college. I mean, walking in a white cocktail dress, across the cistern and under magnificent spreading oak trees, or across a stage in the TD Arena? It’s a no-brainer.

It’s weird though, I finished my last exam today (which, since this article won’t post for a little while, I will point out that today is December the 13th), and I don’t necessarily feel any different yet.

I got myself a pizza, a six-pack, candy and other assorted junk food on the way home today, as I intended to celebrate through gluttony (it is a Wednesday, after all, can’t get toooo crazy).

But even as I am consuming that, I still feel like a tightly-wound ball of stress.

I feel like there is something I need to be doing, like tonight is just the equivalent of one night off.

And when I turned in the books that I had rented this semester, I felt a little sad, which is funny because I have been desperately awaiting the end of this semester since basically right before midterms (this semester felt particularly rough for some reason).

But it is like, in the midst of having so much due, yeah it can be somewhat horrible, but now, I am sitting here like…now what?

I mean, yeah, I need to update my resume. And I can sleep and finally watch all those movies and shows I have been putting off because I don’t have the time, and I can read all those books that I’ve been stockpiling for the same reason, but having completed my degree, well, it is a bittersweet feeling.

It is all over so fast, all at once.

Of course, if I really miss it that much, there’s always grad school, right?

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From Commuting To Dorming

Change is good.

Since the start of my school years, I always knew of that one day when I would go to college. In college there are two options, either to live on campus or commute. My first two years of college were spent at a community college, so my only option was to commute as the college didn't have dorms. It was about a half hour to 45 minute drive, depending on traffic and road conditions. My first semester there, I had class every single day, then I realized this wasn't the most effective use of my time or gas. I started making my schedule to fit into only two or three days that way I was maximizing my time to the best that I could.

When my time was up at the community college, I decided to transfer to a four year university. The plan was to continue to commute since it was actually closer to my house than the community college. I began to overthink my decision of commuting and ended up changing my mind half way through the summer. I now wanted to experience what it was like to live on campus.

Living on campus and being away from home for the first time was great. I was given all the freedom in the world, I had a car to drive wherever I pleased, no one to tell me what I can and cannot do, and most importantly I was in charge of myself. I no longer had a curfew (I had one of 12:30 a.m.) so I could go in and out as late as I pleased. The first night I had moved into my dorm, my roommate and a couple friends ended up going out to a local party off campus. That was the first house party that I had ever gone to and it was a blast.

My roommate Lauren was from the United Kingdom and we instantly bonded, she ended up being one of my closest friends. Living with someone was a little hard to get used to at first, I was used to having my own room for many years. I am so thankful that Lauren and I get along so great and we are the perfect level of both messy and clean.

I am so gad I got the experience to dorm as everyone should get to experience what it's really like to live at college, however it is certainly not for everyone, and I learned that the hard way. I was so used to having someone constantly checking up on me (Thanks Mom and Dad!) that I let myself slip. I wasn't focused on school and ended up having the hardest time adjusting to the campus life. I had trouble balancing my school work, my social life and my jobs. I spent quite some time watching movies and out with friends when I should have been studying. My grades surely did suffer the fall semester, they were the worst they had ever been.

I don't regret my decision to live on campus, it has been one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I have met lots of great people and experienced lots of great memories I wish I could relive. I made a ton of mistakes ( I am human overall) that will help me grow into a better person.

Going into the Spring semester, I now know what to do and not to do, and will surely make the very best of it!

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10 Tips For A Successful Spring Semester

Hit the ground running!

1. Sit in the front

Your professor will get to know you better and it makes it much easier to not get distracted.

2. Plan your day the night before

This is something that I began doing recently and I have found that I have been far more productive.

3. Take advantage of office hours

Getting to know your professors and them getting to know you will only have a positive effect on your GPA, I promise.

4. Dress well

Yes, I know it’s so much easier to just dress like a bum going to class. However, I have found that I always feel more confident and motivated when I take a little extra time to put myself together in the morning.

5. Keep your workspace organized

Who wants to waste time rummaging through a messy desk looking for their work? I’m sure you have much better things to do.

6. Do work between classes

Take advantage of that gap you have between classes and get some homework done. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself later.

7. Don’t wait to ask questions

If you are confused about a concept, don’t wait to figure it out! The material is only going to get more complicated as the semester progresses and if you are not caught up you’ll be lost!

8. Take good notes

Taking neat and organized notes will only make your life easier once exam time rolls around. The best advice I can give is to figure out what type of learner you are and take the notes that best help you comprehend the material. I am a visual learner, so I have found that drawing lots of diagrams and pictures in my notes to depict the information is something that has helped me tremendously.

9. Maintain a consistent sleep schedule

Who doesn’t love sleep?! As you should know, failing to get a sufficient amount of sleep each night (6-8 hours) is something that will lead us to feeling slouched and unmotivated the following day.

10. Keep going

“Life’s a climb but the view is great.” -Miley Stewart


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