The end of the blogs

College has been one adventure after the next, constantly experiencing new activities, challenges, and people. Midterms were a bit tasking, especially for a freshman. I had no clue what to expect or how they were going to be. I think the most difficult part for me was the fact that we had most of our midterms right after returning from October Break. We immediately jumped into midterms right after having a few days to relax and enjoy time to ourselves. It took me by surprise that most of our professors would do that.

However, since midterms, I’ve been getting better at managing my classes. Even though I have been sick most of the time, I’m still trying to keep my grades up the best I possibly can. Even though I tend to keep to myself, I have become comfortable in my learning environment and made friends with people in my classes. My new friends are helping me learn different studying techniques since my old ones were not benefitting me in the ways they used to. For instance, I used to just briefly look over my notes right before a test or quiz to have a general summary of what I had learned. Now I must reread my notes multiple times days before the test or quiz.

My new friends here are helping me greatly to adapt to life and learning here. While I tend to stay closed off to most I tried branching out, and the friends that I have made have helped me study. They offer to come over and quiz me. A girl in my ARTH 172 class has even made Quizlet reviews for us to practice with before our exams. I try to socialize with people in my classes so that way we can help each other. Still, I never know how to start a conversation other than complimenting something about said person, and even then, it may not branch into anything more. I recommend that anyone who is usually an introvert, try socializing because it will significantly help you in the long run. Not only will you have made new friends, but you also will have someone to give you notes in case you miss a class or two.

I hope that finals will go as smooth, if not easier, than midterms. I am incredibly nervous because I still struggle in some of my classes. The teaching techniques that some professor use are still difficult for me to comprehend since I am so used to the techniques used in high school. I also hope that I can keep my GPA up, if not make it higher. I want to work harder to get better grades, especially in science, since that is the class in which I struggle the most.

College has been one hell of a rollercoaster ride, and I have enjoyed every second of it. With this semester coming to an end, I can only hope that next semester and the next three years are just as enjoyable as this semester has been.

The end of the beginning

With the first semester of my first year of college coming to an end, I have had a plethora of experiences that are most certainly memorable. I have met countless new freshmen like I am and students who are older. I’ve explored the campus and stores surrounding our campus and put in the work to try and excel in my classes. Along with that, I have grown to be more comfortable, not only here at college in general but more comfortable in my own body. I am finally able to be my own person and be who I want to be. I have learned a lot about myself and the campus here. One of those new learned things would be that I strongly dislike going alone to the dining halls. I try to either go with someone or I quickly run in to grab food and then I proceed to leave to eat in my dorm room. In addition to that, since the smoothie bar is now on the unlimited plan, I like experimenting with the different flavors. My favorite so far is 2% milk base with strawberries and mangos. I plan to continue to do this as long as it remains on the unlimited plan, and hopefully, it will.

Furthermore, I am more confident about my classes. They have become easier to do and complete work in, guaranteed there are still those few that I continue to struggle. I keep up with my assignments for the most part and turn everything in on time, even if that entails cramming all the work for them in the night before. Now I know that isn’t the best strategy to complete work; However, I get it done. There will always be courses that are going to be more strenuous than others, and there always will be some that are preferred more than others. Yet, I still manage to push through and get done what needs to be done. I want to try and do better in certain classes. In addition to that, I’d like to figure out new techniques for helping me to study better and to complete assignments since I tend to procrastinate. How I do them now is no longer benefiting me as they did in high school. I want to push harder to get improved grades on my exams since I am certainly having difficulties with some of them. I need to realize when to ask for help and what techniques to use to strive in my studies. Along with that, I have learned approximately when to leave my dorm in order to make it to my lectures on time which is about fifteen minutes before they start. In the future, I need to work on my stamina since this university literally takes my breath away. Golf carts on campus are highly requested from us students.

I’d like to work on my own personal schedule next semester. I need to learn how to wake up without using five different alarms to do so. I also need to learn how to prioritize my assignments and write them down in order of due dates so I can physically see what needs to be completed and when it needs to be completed. I feel like it would be easier for me since the information would be right in front of me rather than having to go on my computer, which hardly works, and search for what is due this week. I prefer having things right in front of me on physical paper rather than online, which includes assignments.

Next semester I would additionally like to meet and hang out with more people. I tend to only stick to the few people I have already met and do not like to hang out with new people. I strongly feel that if I did hang out with people more, I would become more involved in activities that go on through the school, such as clubs and sports. I am hoping that next semester I can improve myself and my techniques to strive here in this new community that I call home.

My first month at SUNY Geneseo

Hi there! My name is Aurora, and it is my first year here at SUNY Geneseo. Never in my life was it in my plans to be going to college, let alone a college practically in my own backyard. I grew up in a small farming town called Perry, which is about fifteen minutes away. Growing up, I could never decide on one thing to do for the rest of my life, and why should I? It’s not like people, the world, or even life remains constant. We had to figure that out the hard way in 2020. When things around me persisted in the same old boring pattern, it bothered me. Change seemed livelier, and traveling would have been more pleasant in my mind. Waking up every day to something new outside your window, sign me up! Instead, I made an extremely last-minute decision to put in a college application. Now, it isn’t as gloomy as it sounds, although it was intimidating. While growing up, I had watched movies that portrayed the negative aspects of college: drugs, alcohol, inappropriate gestures and actions, and way more. My family was even terrified for me to leave the nest and venture into trying something new. While wearing my bravest face, I got into my car and drove here, ready to start my new chapter. God, that face was nothing more than a mask, a mask being worn under my COVID mask. My nerves were eating me alive; anxiety came flooding in, and all I wanted to do was back out and turn back home to where I knew everything and everyone. Needless to say, I did no such thing.

I made it up to my room, nervous as all hell, and saw my roommate for the first time. She was amazing and so beyond kind. We clicked almost instantly! We’ve both helped each other to grow and learn new things. As for classes, we have absolutely none together, so she can’t help me find mine. She managed to figure out any challenges right off the bat, whereas I was late to my first lecture on my very first day because I went to the wrong building. Embarrassing, I know. But I carried on to the rest of my courses (the correct ones this time). The following day I felt like things just wanted to keep going downhill. I received my first ever ticket, a parking ticket. My first week carried on, and by the end of it I had made multiple new friends, learned precisely where my classes were, where to park my car without receiving a ticket, and many more things that were just college. Courses were vastly different than the ones I was used to back in high school. The rooms were filled with far more people than were even in my graduating class, professors were more laid back than my previous teachers, and the rooms throughout campus seemed to be a more relaxed setting. I had thought that the professors would be intense, strict, and call you out in front of the whole class; there was almost no such thing. I have courses that I for sure favor more over others, but who doesn’t? I have also come to find out that science is definitely not my strong suit.

Even though college is about learning and excelling in your subjects, I made time to venture into other areas. I made sure to experiment and go to parties, but they were not what I had assumed. The people were extremely nice, and new people were constantly introducing themselves and hanging out with me. I was never pressured to do activities that I wasn’t comfortable with and was never put into a bad situation. People had told me about the worst possible scenarios for what happens at college parties. Still, after experiencing them for myself, I came to realize that most of what had been told to me were rumors or events that happened years before to the people who currently attend SUNY Geneseo. I would not change those experiences made at the parties for anything. They allow people who are generally shy and closed off to spread their wings a bit and not feel so judged.

When the time came for me to return to my small town and home for work and visit family, all I could think about was returning here, to college, to my new home with my new friends! College most definitely has aspects portrayed in movies or books, but everyone should experience it for themselves because not everything is as it seems.