As I get into the swing of things for my second semester, I want to take this Saturday to reflect on my first semester. It had a lot of ups and downs, twists and turns, and I learned so much. Let’s take a look back, shall we?
Considering the course calendars I have for this semester, my first semester was a piece of cake in terms of classes. All of my teachers were amazing (even Jason, my 8 am Philosophy & Ethical Reasoning professor). I didn’t have assignments on assignments over the weekend, 5 chapters to read in one night, or an 8 page paper due in two days. And finals weren’t as catastrophic as people made them out to be (although I did go a little coo-coo on 4 hours of sleep and 3 cups of coffee while studying for my GPHIL final). So I had a good semester, considering my classes. But the thing that made my semester so amazing wasn’t the classes, it was everything else.
I went out on the weekends and let myself go a little crazy, watched Netflix all day, and stayed in bed as much as I wanted. I met so many people, especially the people who I know will be there for me as long as I need them. I’ve made memories with my friends that I couldn’t have ever made back at home. I wouldn’t trade my first semester for anything in the world.
But what is the most absolute, time-stopping, life-altering, best thing about my first semester (and college)? Freedom.
That’s right, the best thing about my first semester was having the freedom to make whatever choices I wanted. Granted they weren’t all great choices, but they all taught me something. Skipping my classes to watch Netflix or catch up on (more) sleep wouldn’t be good for my grades. Staying in bed as much as possible and having snacks all the time would lead to a little more pounds on the belly. But they taught me I can’t watch Netflix and eat all the time, which I’m glad I don’t do anymore.
See, that’s the thing they usually don’t tell you about what you learn in college. You learn so much responsibility and how to make good decisions for yourself without your parents to fall back on. You have this amazing new-found freedom, but you learn to be wise with it. You learn that sometimes you have to skip a few parties to get ahead on class readings; watch a little less Netflix to finish that research paper and get a reasonable amount of sleep without skipping classes; or opt for a colorful salad instead of the crispy chicken sandwich with greasy fries.
When you’re in college, you’re an adult and you don’t have anyone to fall back on. It’s new and scary, but it is all worth it. From all I’ve learned and the memories I’ve made, I’d have to say I had the best first semester anyone could have.
– Bekah xx