I still remember the first day as if it was yesterday. All so fresh in my memory.
Butterflies in my stomach, that feeling of crossing streets alone and taking the Jammie without even knowing where exactly it was going to take me all felt terrifying. There were mixed feelings about the course I signed up for, the university I was sitting in, and whether I was cut out for this university life.
Today, as I write this essay baffled in the attempt to figure out where these last 7 months have gone, I realized that university has shaped me into an independent person ready to cross any hurdle in my path.
It taught me that I am cable of more than I think I can do, and I can push myself to higher limits to achieve greater things. I learned that it’s not that difficult to make new friends especially when everyone is just as scared as you are, and my focus academically and in my personal life has become clearer.
Adjusting at first seemed to be a mission. Making new friends and trying to fit in felt harder than the university itself. It took me quite some time to make new friends. Everyone seemed to be fitting in and enjoying the start whilst I was still trying to put the puzzle together. As everything started coming together, I began to see the brighter side of things. I started to make new friends and to date, the list is not ending.
What I have learned from getting to know many people is that everyone is fighting a similar battle and that I may have not been handling it in an ideal way.
Once I started looking at the brighter side, I was unstoppable. My first tests may have been a disaster, but they motivated me to do better. I may have not been the strongest at writing essays and therefore EBM was not made for me, but I made it. Economics was dreadful. Presentations, more essays, and the idea that I didn’t do it in school made it worse for me. I never knew what was going on, but I stayed positive and at the end when I got my marks, I knew it was worth it.
Discover commerce, I never understood the purpose of the course. I was not sure exactly why I was doing it except for the extra credits and, to be frank, I never really liked group projects. I thought I had left all that back in school. Now, in the end, I realized it was a way to incorporate many different aspects into one course. Our first decision required mathematics – I enjoyed this because I like working with numbers. The decisions to follow brought a lot of critical thinking in me and gave me a chance to debate and put my opinion out there. This course gave me a chance to experience how it would be in the workplace when you work with different people and everyone’s opinion is important.
University has influenced my life positively. Even though it was a big change from a small town to busy city life, it has been a good experience thus far. The last 7 months were a chance for me to explore myself, step out of my cocoon and fly as high as I would like.
If I could go back in time and change anything it would probably be my attitude towards moving away far from home – change may be hard, but it is good for everyone. Another thing I would like to change is the way I had approached certain courses if I had kept a positive attitude from the start my marks would be much higher than they are right now. However, the only way to do better in life is by learning from the mistakes of your past.
So far, I am happy with the choices that I have made regarding my career path and other university-related tasks. My future years at university are going to be hard and long but, if my first year is already at its end then the rest are probably going to fly by.
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