Reflection of Freshman year and May 2019 Recap

Hello family and friends!

As this month comes to a close, I wanted to reflect on my freshman year of college and what I have been up to these past few weeks. First of all, it seems crazy that my first year of college is over like I still feel like I’ll be moving back into my freshman residence hall at some point and this is just a long break. But I have since then, I have moved out of my lovely freshman dorm and back home.

The video below shows a little snippet of what I did everyday for the past month!

There are quite a few lessons that I learned during my freshman year some regarding studying, friends, and stress management.

1.Don’t begin studying a day before the test

I had lost my motivation for the spring semester and I found myself not wanting to study at all (even though I eventually did). I would begin studying a few days before the test and I would be fine, but I realized that way of studying isn’t ideal.

2. Allow for free time

When I would be stressed, I realized that I needed an hour to myself just to relax. Sure, there was stuff that I should be doing but I knew that I needed to take a breath before I could be productive. That hour could be spent reading a book for leisure, playing my ukulele, going for a walk, just laying down and watching Netflix, or napping. I realized that I can’t be working for 24 hours straight, I needed a break. And that taking breaks is healthy and perfectly okay!

3. Don’t compare yourself

I would be taking similar classes as my peers who would approach studying for school differently than myself. Sometimes they would start earlier, not stress about it, or receive better marks than myself. I realized that I was doing best for me and that what I was doing worked best for me. The way I was going about my assignments turned out to be fine and I didn’t need to worry. Again, I learned that I just need to do what I feel is right and that it’ll all be okay 🙂

4. Majoring in Education is difficult

Sure, I’m not a Bio or Chem major but Education is a different kind of difficult. I won’t need to memorize certain things or speak science-y terms, but I am learning about education systems and how no child will have the same living situation than the next. During one of my education classes, my professor handed our class with a list of synonyms for the word “teacher”. Some of the words included: gardener, psychologist, caregiver, orchestrator, etc. Anyways, I cannot imagine myself doing any other career than education. I feel that becoming a teacher is one of the most fulfilling careers and I cannot wait for the future!

5. Enjoy each day – it goes too quick!

It seemed as though that my year in college came and went in a blink of an eye! I learned to appreciate every day (not even when in college) because each day is precious and I’ll never get that time back. That’s why I really enjoy my app called “One Second A Day”. It’s the app that allowed me to create the video above. I have been using it all year and watching it back reminds me of memories that I would have otherwise forgotten.

I have been using this past month just doing nothing. It has been a great time just being at home having all the time in the world to read as many books as I wish, watch as much Netflix, and exercise every day. The past three weeks have been a much-needed break, but now I’m ready to get back to work. I’ve gotten so antsy at home and I’ve needed to leave the house every day this week because I needed to do something productive.

I’m excited for my plans for the summer. I’m doing the SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship) program at SNC! I am very excited about this opportunity ahead of me and I cannot wait to share my experiences.

Thank you for reading!