Reflections on academic life

Academics has its ups and downs: you excel in one class and struggle in another, or you do well at the beginning of the semester but poorly at the end, or the other way around. Writing has always come easy to me; however, English classes are a little difficult due to the fact that I’m much better at free writing than analyzing other people’s work. The same goes for mathematics; there are factors that are more complex than others, and if I don’t understand the material, I can get lost for a decent amount of time.

Studying is also a major component in academic success, but it’s never been a straightforward process from my perspective. It’s not because I can’t focus, or I have no patience, because I do. It’s just that studying never really helped me like it helps other people. Whenever I study, I end up second-guessing myself. I start thinking something is right when it’s wrong, or I completely disregard what I already learned and end up confusing myself. I retain the information well, and I understand what I’m being taught, but it just feels like I’m lacking somewhere. I need to find a way to study that works for me, so I can reach my full potential. I’ve only been at Geneseo for a few months, but it’s obvious that high school and college are very different and yet very similar. College has much more freedom and campus is an all-around unique environment from high school, but they’re both places of higher learning where I can excel and further my knowledge. I chose Geneseo because it’s a smaller school compared to others that I looked at, and even though the adjustment will take time, Geneseo seems like a great fit for me.

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