Heat check

Following my midterms, I thought courses would slow down, but the exact opposite was in store. In a blink of an eye, school work has piled up, and free time has diminished. Once we reached this landmark in the first semester, each course upgraded its homework load and level of difficulty. Post-midterm, I had a bit of a laid-back approach, but continuing to think that some of my classes were a breeze was a big mistake. I ended up performing poorly on multiple assignments, and with this switch, an immediate change had to be made. I had to set my priorities straight again, putting school before social life. One thing I would recommend throughout your school year is never to stop giving the maximum effort in each class. By doing so, you will stay on top of your work and become a better student and person. Sticking with a daily routine helps with the organizational factors of everything school related. Being absent for a couple of classes due to illness allowed me to fall behind in the first couple of weeks after midterms, but since then, I’ve been back on track with the workload. I have enjoyed the readings and lessons we can pull out of them.

In my INTD class, one connection that I made to reading American Tet was when Danny and Angela were talking about Angela’s options with surgery after she returned from the military. In this scene, Angela asks Danny for a loaded gun, implying that Angela wants to commit suicide. Later in the act, Angela shoots herself, allowing Danny to freeze and panic about the problem. Even though I wasn’t put in this situation, I’ve helped by talking with one of my friends from home about the topic. Suicide is too common and tends to be used as an easy way out. When people with addictive personalities receive that thought, they must express their feelings. When I was a junior in high school, one of my close friends was having thoughts about suicide due to their at-home life and relationships. It was a lot thrown on the person at once, but luckily the person was smart enough to ask for help. Experiences like those don’t fade away and pay a mental toll on people because the thought of loss digs deep into the heart.

What do you hope for by the end of the semester, including finals? Almost everyone might answer this question by saying, “good grades,” but I hope to retain and thoroughly understand the information being taught. After the semester, a letter or number on your paper won’t determine your future. Grades are crucial for your future, but leaving the class with knowledge comes first. For my finals, I plan on studying the information on the exam and how I can use this information outside of the classroom. I’m aiming for my grades to be above eighty percent, so I have a “B-” or above. Right now, I’m doing well in most of my courses, but I have to push myself harder to receive better grades. Outside of class, one hope that I wish to achieve is figuring out the perfect schedule to incorporate school and working out. The balance has been challenging with the amount of homework I’ve received, but I hope to find a mix between both. At the end of the day, I realized that if I continue to work hard, good things will come as a result.

Just Getting started

Don’t procrastinate- the number one lesson displayed through the first half of my semester. Continuing to adjust to new norms of my everyday lifestyle, it’s vital to stay on top of all your work. Free time is hard to come by, but one thing that I’ve learned in my time here so far has been priorities. I recommend completing your schoolwork before going out on weekends; I learned the hard way. Even though it took me some time to understand what comes before a built-in schedule was stitched into my head: class, eat, get work done, eat, more work, sleep, repeat. Overall, the beginning of the first semester has been stressful due to deadlines, routine, and balance. Balance has been the key to enjoying activities outside of school and getting work done. Besides school work, I’ve continued to play club baseball and intramural flag football to keep myself active. Staying active is a crucial part of college life because you can find yourself not participating in any physical activity throughout the day. When you do get lazy, let the “freshman fifteen” motivate you to start moving.

I was shaken when I opened the canvas and saw “Reflection halfway through your first semester at Geneseo” I was shaken. Have we already been here half of the semester? The beginning half of the first semester has flown by. The only issue regarding the approach of the halfway point is midterms. So far, courses haven’t been too much for me to handle. Studying for midterms leads to waves of stress and anxiety. Around this point of the semester, work continues to pile up, allowing each course to take its toll on time. Time management is crucial for completing assignments and studying because time is challenging to come by. My two introductory classes are taking up the majority of my workload: financial accounting and microeconomics. Having assignments due once every week and a quiz (in class)every other week have been at the top of my list. While some courses are boring, and I can barely sit through the lecture, I enjoy coming to this class.

The part I benefit from most is the group discussions. Working in a group setting has always been my strong point because it involves two basic skills: listening and responding. It sounds easy, right? But, most people struggle with taking in the information the other individual is saying. Focus is required to actively listen and respond accordingly. In The Theater of War by Brian Doerries, Prometheus gets put into solitary confinement due to stealing fire and giving it to humans. In prison, Prometheus feels like there’s no way out because the individual is chained up with no escape. In other words, people can have negative responses when they cannot do something based on their circumstances. I could relate to this because in my junior year of high school, I tore my labrum playing baseball and ended up needing surgery that brought my season to a close. Knowing there was nothing I could do about it drove my spirit down. This time was a challenge, but it takes time to consume hardships. The main lesson I received from my injury was to always have a positive mindset.

Where do you expect to be by the end of the semester? Besides the basic answer: I would like to accomplish the “A” to “B” range grades in all my classes. That’s a question that I have no clue how to answer. Some people might have set schedules or goals they want to achieve in the short term.I’m going with the flow and seeing where that takes me. Even though it’s important to have goals, you never know where you will end up. Goals are key to pushing through obstacles that interfere in your everyday life; therefore, there’s something that makes you want to keep fighting.

Fresh Start

Hello and welcome! My name’s Ethan Levine, and I’m a first-year business administration student attending SUNY Geneseo. I’m from Ardsley, New York, a small Westchester County town located about twenty minutes north of New York City. Being the stereotypical middle child in my household, I grew up independent, competitive, and constantly trying to fit in. The competitive factor that stuck with me throughout my athletic career was playing baseball, basketball, and football. Not only did I enjoy sports for the actual games, but for the lessons and relationships, they brought with them. Since the transition from middle school to high school, I’ve had the same friend group. Growing up together as teammates in multiple sports, we merged immediately. While I acquired long–term friendships, I was ready to leave my town and explore the college atmosphere.

Adjusting to this new living style has had its ups and downs. The challenge that has affected me most has been sleeping in the heat without air conditioning. My roommate and I prefer sleeping in the cold, so we have been experimenting with different sleeping conditions. Mid-way through the second week, we figured out the perfect system, allowing us to sleep throughout the night. Overcoming our first obstacle, our friendship was heading in the right direction. The biggest positive of my time here so far has been my suitemate dynamics. Not personally knowing who I was living with before move-in day frightened me, but a few days into the semester, we were practically all best friends. Getting meals together, walking to classes, and watching sporting events immediately bonded the six of us. Finding my hobbies has been a vital part of entering my new life at college. Before coming to school, I knew I needed to stay active by participating in athletics on campus; therefore, I proceeded to sign up for club baseball, intramural flag football, and pickup basketball games. As expected, the first few weeks of classes have started slow, but I have gotten into a routine with my new schedule. To my surprise, I don’t have any professors that I dislike or don’t have any classes with more than thirty people. A learning environment without many students is crucial to me because it allows me to focus better during the actual lecture. One of my top experiences at college so far occurred on the first day of class. Randomly selecting my seat, I didn’t know that the person next to me would become one of my closest friends. This demonstrates the student body’s friendly and outgoing environment at SUNY Geneseo. The balance between schoolwork and clubs is hard to level out, but it’s always more important to finish all of your work before doing other events.

As a business major, it’s required to take the courses: introduction to financial accounting and microeconomics. Both of my professors have efficient teaching methods and post a recording of their lectures online which is beneficial just in case you miss something. That brings me to why I’m in this specific theater class. Honestly, I have no idea. Seeing a theater class on my schedule initially threw me off. Still, after reviewing the syllabus, I realized I have a personal connection with the main point of discussion: post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). My mother was born in Israel, forcing her to serve in the military for two years when she was eighteen. Even though she wasn’t on the front lines of warfare, her experience provided her with scaring memories and stories that never disappear. Learning about the effects of PTSD and my experiences in finding a possible cure drew me into the subject, allowing me to enjoy doing work on the topic. In the prologue to The Theater of War by Brian Doerries, the author discusses the principle of morale boosts’ by sharing stories of past groups of soldiers that have gone through similar situations. Doerries’ goal is to provide the soldiers with enough confidence to move forward. The ideology of a morale boost has stuck with me outside of the classroom, helping me grow in the club baseball organization. Because we’re new to the team, field time is hard to come by for all first-years.