5 Things I Learned My First Semester of College

Now that I am two weeks into my second semester here at Central Michigan, I thought I would reflect a little bit on last semester. Being a first generation college student I didn’t really know what I was getting into and adjusting was hard. So here are some things I learned my first semester! I hope you guys can take away from this and be more prepared for college or relate to it if you are already in college! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram!

  1. Managing your time in college is hard

I was someone who always on a tight schedule with school and softball so I really didn’t have any time to manage. So when I came to college and had a whole lot more time I didn’t really know how to manage it effectively. I am still learning this and I know it will take a while to get down but I am definitely better at it this semester than I was last. What I mean by managing time is being able to have enough time to study, hangout with friends and just relax. Now that I have a job I have a little less of this but at the same time it is good to be working again and finally making money!

2. Living with roommates is a big adjustment 

Growing up with a brother I never had to share my room so I always had my own space. Coming to college I thought it was going to be easy living with a roommate but boy was I wrong. Getting little to no alone time really started to get to me, it made me a lot more homesick than I was. This is a big reason why I decided to get my own apartment next year, I think I will overall be a lot happier living and managing my own space and I am so excited to do that.

3. It’s okay to get A’s and B’s

One of my goals coming into college was to get a 4.0, which is a good goal to have, however it is quite hard to do. I’m not saying it is impossible but I have never been an all A student and I have had to learn that it is completely okay to get a few B’s here and there, especially in college. Of course you don’t want your GPA to be too low, but being upset because you got a couple B’s is something I have had to learned to deal with.

4. Sometimes you have to let friends go, and that is okay

When I first came to college I was determined to keep all my high school friends, so much so that I didn’t branch out and meet new people which I really regret. As sad as it is, people do drift away, especially when college comes around and everyone is away from each other. You go from seeing them everyday in high school to not seeing them at all and that puts a huge strain on friendships for sure. At first it is hard to let go, but make sure you meet new people who you love to be around and eventually you will be happy!

5. Having freedom is amazing

One things I love about being in college is the freedom I have. If I want to go out I don’t have to ask anyone, I can stay out as late as I want and I can make my own decisions. Sure it is hard at first to be on your own but ultimately I love it. Being able to do what you want is a blessing but sometimes people take it too far and get a bit out of control. Being on your own is a part of life and it is important to be able to maintain the same standards you would living at home to avoid getting in trouble or doing things you will regret.

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What are some things you guys have learned by being in college?

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What Courses Am I Taking? Spring 2018

So this semester I am beginning my major classes which is super exciting! If you guys didn’t know I am a Health Administration major(for now) and am a freshman entering my second semester! Last semester I pulled a 3.3 GPA which isn’t the best but I did have some tough classes that were challenging and I was just glad to have gotten above a C in. With that being said this semester I am expecting to have to work even harder to get good grades because my classes are going to be harder than last semester. I am taking 15 credits, which I did last semester and did just fine. 3 of my classes are in person and two of them are online!

COM 267: Intro to Debate

  • This class is required to be admitted to my major, I am not excited to take this at all. I like debating and all but a whole class centered around that? Not my cup of tea to say the least. I hope that it is better than I am anticipating and I do better in it than I am thinking I will. As well as I hope the topics provided are actually interesting in the sense of I want to research more and debate why I think it is a good or bad thing!

PSY 250: Abnormal Psychology

  • I am most excited for this class, being a psychology minor I love learning about any form of psychology but I find abnormal to be extremely interesting. I have this class with the same professor I had for my intro to psychology last semester and I absolutely love him and the way he runs his classes.

HSC 203: Leadership for Health Professions

  • This is the first class I am taking that is actually apart of my major. This class is 3 hours long which kind of sucks but only meets once a week so I suppose it is fine. I’m excited to meet new people who share my major and learn even more about the healthcare field and what it entails. This is probably going to be one of my more heavy classes in the sense of there will be a lot to do assignment wise.

REL 101WI: Introduction into World Religion(Online)

  • So this course is a writing intensive which basically just means that it will have more papers than normal to write. I am taking this course online so I am a little nervous just because I haven’t taken an online course yet but I am for sure excited to learn more about religion and the different kinds there are all around the world in a more in-depth sense.

HSC 317: Community Health

  • I am probably most nervous for this class mainly because it is also for my major but I had to take it online because all of the in person classes filled up. However the instructor for this course is the same for my Leadership for Health Professions class so if I do have any questions about the course it will be easy to ask her questions and go to her for help. In all of these courses besides religion I must earn a C+ or higher in order for them to count towards my major, so with that being said I am going to have to work extra hard in order to make sure I succeed.

So that is my schedule for this spring! I am pretty happy with how it turned out because now I have time to get a job and start working!

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1st Semester of College: Wrap-Up

I can officially say I am done with my first semester of college! It wasn’t as hard and I thought it was going to be but I definitely had a few bumps along the way.

As far as final grades go so far I have passed all my classes! However my math professor has not yet entered any of our grades so I do not know if I did good enough in the class to pass it, by far that was my most challenging class.

The best part about finals week was having the therapy dogs come to the library everyday, being away from my dog it was nice to have a furry friend to help take some of the stress off studying.

Ill do a brief summary of all my classes so you can get a better idea of what my semester was like!

COM 101 (Introduction to Communications): I easily passed this class with an A, giving 3 speeches and taking 2 exams it was pretty easy. Our final exam consisted of us going to class, watching sponge bob Christmas episodes and eating pizza at ten in the morning so I can definitely say I ended that class on a high note.

ECO 202 (Principles of Microeconomics): This was for sure one of my most challenging classes just because Economics does not tend to be the easiest subject in the world. However I passed the class with a solid B and I am very happy about that. He actually let us use our laptops to look up all the answers for our final so I got a 98% on that which was a definite grade booster!

SOC 100 (Introduction to Sociology): For being an intro class this was a pretty challenging course. My professor was very nice but did not teach the material in the best way making the exams a little on the challenging side as well as her weekly quizzes. I ended the course with a B which I was kind of disappointed about because I should have been easily able to get an A in.

MTH 107 (College Algebra): I absolutely dreaded going to this class and doing all the homework that went along with it. The majority of the math department at my college tend to be foreign which makes them very hard to understand and my professor was no exception to that. He was a very nice man but made the course very difficult mainly because he did not teach the material well. As I said before I do not know for sure what I got in this class and just am praying for a B.

PSY 100 (Introduction to Psychology): Being a Psychology minor this class was very interesting and easy to me. I had no worries about this class and my professor was amazing at teaching and was very fair in grading and making his exams exceptionally easy. I have him next semester for my Abnormal Psychology class and I am already so excited to take the course. I ended this course with a high A and am very happy with the information I retained from the course.

Overall finals week was hell, I stayed up late many nights but overall the finals wen good for the most part and I am happy to be home for the next couple weeks spending time with my family.

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How to Deal With Terrible College Professors

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In college it is impossible to go through your whole degree path without encountering at least one bad professor. Whether it’s the way they teach, talk, grade, lecture, or a combination of these things it is hard to deal with them. So here are some tips to deal with terrible college professors!

1.  Get a new professor 

This may be a given but some students coming in don’t know that this is usually possible. Most universities offer something called a ‘Drop and Add Period’ which usually takes place in the first couple weeks of the term. So if you get to your class and realize that the professor won’t work out well with you then explore the options of either getting a different professor or dropping the class and taking it at a different time!

2. Get to know the people you sit by

This has definitely helped me in my classes, I will talk to the person next to me and exchange numbers to meet up and study. This is also important for when you come down with something or miss a class so they can get you the notes. It’s always nice to have someone who is struggling as well so you can work together to prepare for exams.

3. Get a tutor!

College is so much different from high school, tutors are not only provided but you are encouraged to get help on what you struggle with! I personally have a math center on campus which has tutors who will come around and work with you on homework or help you understand concepts better. There are not just tutors for math, most subjects have tutors! Visit an academic advisor to get set up with one to make your semester a lot easier.

4. Have a positive attitude

This is such an important tip because it is often to blame a grade on a professor instead of taking some of the blame yourself. With the amount of resources available on campus unless you have exhausted them, blaming the professor will not change your grade. I recommend working a little bit harder on the course work or even going to the professors office hours because they may be a better teacher when it is 1 on 1!

 

I hope this was a little helpful, this is based on my own personal experience so it may not be the same for all!

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College Night Routine 2017

After doing a morning routine I thought I would give you all a look into a typical night for me! Don’t forget to follow all my social media to keep up with me!

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A typical night for me is usually started at about 5 in the evening when I either finish up class or wake up from a well deserved nap. If not already in my dorm I will head back and relax, this is an essential for me especially after a hard day because I get little relaxation time.

After doing so I will typically start on some homework or studying which has been very heavy lately do to just finishing up finals week. The courses I tend to do a lot of homework for are my intro to Sociology class which has about 20 pages of reading after each class. I also tend to spend a lot of time doing math to make sure I can keep up due to the fact that I have a terrible professor.

I tend to get dinner at around 6 depending on when I get done with my homework and studying. I will either go alone or with friends or my roommates, the food here as I mentioned before is amazing.

Depending on how I feel after I might hangout with my roommates and friends or go to the gym If I feel up for it. I like to end my night by watching a movie or catching up on my favorite youtubers videos which typically gets me tired enough to go to bed.

My bedtime has been fluctuating a lot lately just because I have been pulling a lot of late night study nights so depending on the night I go to bed from anywhere to 11 to 2 in the morning which may seem crazy but thats just what everyone tends to do in college. Plus I don’t have to be awake until ten everyday so I usually get enough sleep no matter when I go to bed.

 

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College Classes Update

Im now entering the fourth week of my classes and things are starting to get harder. My classes are going good for the most part, some better than others. Of course I have a lot of homework and studying but that was as expected.

 

Introduction to Communications: I just gave my first speech in this class today and it was very nerve racking. We had to bring in an object that means a lot to us and explain why it has made such a big impact on our lives. I brought in a necklace I bought when I was on my trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands and talked about how it impacted me and sparked a passion for traveling. Overall this is one of my easier classes and my professor is super chill and often brings her puppy which is amazing.

Principles of Microeconomics: Content wise this class is one of my harder ones mainly because economics is a little bit of a struggle to me. However my professor is amazing and is super involved in the class and making sure we understand what he is teaching. He provides us with numerous practice questions at the end of the unit and gives us class time to complete them and ask questions which is super helpful.

Introduction to Sociology: This is one of my more boring classes mainly because it is purely lecture based and my professor isn’t the most engaging teacher. The content isn’t very interesting to me as of right now and I am hoping soon it will get better and be a lot more interesting. This is one of my classes I have to read for and study for the most mainly because it is so much content jam packed into the class.

College Algebra: This is by far the hardest class I am taking. The content isn’t very hard but my professor has a very thick accent making him hard to understand. I have to essentially teach myself which sucks and I feel as though I won’t be prepared for the exam when it does come around.

Introduction to Psychology: This is the easiest class I have and is super interesting to me. I do have to study a lot for this class but I enjoy doing so. My professor is super interesting and straight forward with his teaching method and what he expects from us which is great. I did super well on the first exam we took and am currently writing a paper based on the movie ‘Inside Out’ and how it relates to psychology.

 

So there is a update on how my courses are going! I went home this past weekend to escape the 90 degree heat wave that is rolling through right now and spend the weekend in the air conditioning!

 

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College Morning Routine 2017


Hey guys! I thought I would give a little insight as to what my morning routine for college looks like! Hope you enjoy!

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So my morning typically start at about 9:30, I get up and check my phone for about fifteen minutes before getting up and taking a shower. I tend to shower every morning and depending on the day I will wash my hair as well. Morning showers just wake me up and get me ready for the day which is what I really need.

I use my Olay body soap bar in the shower along with a loofa. I will also wash my face using the st. ives facial scrub or my dr bronners tea tree Castile soap depending on how my face is feeling.

Depending on the day I might go down to the dining hall and get some breakfast. Thankfully my university offers amazing options for breakfast like build your own omelets, smoothies, fruit, bagels and other baked goods, oatmeal and an assortment of cereal.

I will usually go for a bowl of cereal, a cinnamon roll and maybe a bagel or some fruit. On the days I do eat breakfast I tend to feel more awake and just focused in my classes. Like they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

I tend to finish breakfast at around 10:15 and I will head back to my dorm, brush my teeth using my crest 3D white and get my backpack ready to go to class. I don’t start until 11 everyday which is really nice because I can stick to the same routine basically everyday.

I will make my bed and clean up my room a little bit just because when I come home to a nice clean dorm I tend to feel better and be a lot more productive. Depending on if I have time or not I will maybe do a little bit of homework or go over some notes for a bit before heading off to class.

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post! I will be doing a night routine soon as well! Let me know what you think and if there is anything else you want to see from me!

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