This week has been so crazy! Between buying textbooks, filling up my planner, and working, I have to figure out what works for me…quickly! It’s so weird having 2 “first days” each academic year; meeting new professors, new people, and getting acclimated to new academic settings twice a year is going to take some getting used to. Not to mention, my family had to come save my butt several times this week; thank goodness I go to a school that’s somewhat close to home!

To add to all of this craziness, I’m really nervous about this semester, seriously. I laid out my new goals in this post, but there have been some feelings about whether they’re even attainable. I mean, I know they are, but that little voice in my head is a bit loud right now and it’s making me question everything. I think the biggest thing here is staying focused and holding on to my grit, you know? Enough of my rambling, let’s get to it!

So this semester, I’m taking:

Biology w/ lab*

Chemistry w/ lab*

Precalculus

Effective Mentoring

Professional Planning From Theory To Practice 

*Medical School Prereqs


Brand New Challenges: 

  1. My math class prohibits calculators which is new to me because in the past my math teacher would simply say, “plug it in”. That being said, I’m going to have to work to decrease my dependency on the little guy. It’s all good, though.
  2. This semester is my first semester taking labs and from what I can tell, I’m gonna be spending a lot of time on those classes. I’m planning to tackle the weekly assignments as soon as the class is over, so they’ll be one less thing I have to worry about.
  3. Last semester, I was taking courses with a lot of my floor mates which meant I had a default study group/support system. This time, I have to venture out and meet new people. 
  4. I’m going to have to create a schedule and stick to it if I want that 4.0; this is hard because sometimes the immediate gratification seems way more appealing than delayed gratification.
  5. Learning to become a morning person; I have an 8 am Chemistry Recitation on Thursdays. If I could barely even get out of bed for my 9 am last semester, I can only imagine how this is going to go. To be fair to myself, I have been practicing, so that’s a plus right? 

Gladly, I crafted my schedule in such a way that I have time for studying, work, and a little volunteering without wearing myself out. I’ve been trying to wake up a little earlier to get homework and readings done because the bulk of my classes seem to be self-directed. The common theme of my professors’ welcome messages were “as long as you dedicate ample time to the course, you should do well”. I’m working on creating a study schedule, so the first couple of weeks are going to be filled with plenty of trail and error. I’ll write a post on it as soon as I find something that’s effective, stay tuned.

Before I go, just know that adaptability is a huge skill to have in college. You can do as much planning as you want, but somethings are just not in your control. Remember, “Be stubborn about your goals, but flexible about your methods”.

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