Finishing off the year

My progression in classes has gone well since midterms. I have continued to keep up with my projects and homework. I’ve also adopted the planning strategy of having a calendar on my wall. It helps me organize all the things that I need to get done, and it creates more free time when I need it. As well as to see when all my assignments are and plan to make sure that I get them all in on time. One thing that I can still work on is attending my classes that don’t take attendance and participating more in those classes.

My progression in terms of school has gone well too. In my last blog, I talked about wanting to maintain my current grades and expanding and enhancing my friend group. I can say that both of those goals have become a success. I started a new job working for CAS, allowing me to meet new people and become friends with a few. I was also able to maintain my grades by budgeting my time and giving myself the proper environment to succeed. I go to the ISC if I am trying to study and the union if I am working on homework. It allows me to get rid of all the distractions in my room except for my phone. So far, this semester has gone great, and I can only hope for more.

Looking onto the final stretch of the semester, I hope to achieve a 90% attendance rate in all my classes. That was my goal at the start of the semester, and I have strayed from it. I want to get back on track with that goal and show up to class. Hopefully, this will result in me getting even better grades and a lot less studying on my own because I will be learning in class. I also want to get closer to my professors. I know it is a little bit late to want to create these relationships, but I feel it will benefit me in the long run. To do this, I think that I will need to participate in class more. If I do this, I feel like it will help a lot come finals time.

In terms of school in general, I would like to continue to meet new people. Missing a semester as a freshman, I am behind in the social aspect of college. I have one more semester before I move off-campus for good, and my social exposure will decrease significantly. I want to meet as many people as I can before that time comes. I would also like to join Greek life. I know that this semester, it’s already too late, but I am ready to try it out in the spring. I am extremely proud of what I have done this semester and am looking forward to what comes next.

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Progressing through the year

So far, this year has started a lot better than the last. Last year, my grades were teetering on the point of academic dismissal, and I was debating on whether college was for me. My family and friends told me to give it one more shot, so I did. Over the course of this semester, I have been on top of my schoolwork, and my grades are looking more and more like the student that I once was. I am having more fun on campus now that the stress of grades is no longer looming over my shoulder. It allows me to truly insert myself into college life.

When classes started, I genuinely didn’t know what to expect from being in-person and what the workload would be. The workload was slow initially, but eventually picked up as the semester went on as it should. The work continues to grow, so I learned how to budget my time so that I could get everything done and maintain my good grades. Classes have been getting more and more interesting as the semester has progressed. In the beginning, all classes were basic introductory knowledge to get you started in the subject. Now, classes have evolved into giving information that is new and exciting to me. At this point in the semester, projects are becoming more and more frequent. I love doing projects because it allows me to get hands-on with the information we learned in class. It also gives me a look into what real-world work I would be doing after receiving my degree.

I hope that the rest of the semester continues to grow the way it has so far. One thing that I wish for the rest of the semester is that I join a club. I hope to join the club lacrosse team after my surgery to play the sport that I love again. This will also give me a whole other social group that I can be a part of at Geneseo. I would also like to visit the library more often. I really haven’t taken full advantage of the library and its countless services, and if I do, it could enhance my education that much further. The only other thing that I can hope for is that my grades stay the same as they were for my mid-semester grades. I can accomplish this by sticking to my budgeted time and not procrastinating.

Classes have been excellent so far, but there are a couple of things that I can hope for. I hope that we get to do more interaction-based assignments rather than just doing some homework online. For example, something like a lab or project will allow me to have an activity, and then I reflect on what I accomplished. I also hope that in some of my larger classes, we incorporate more group discussions rather than the professor just giving a lecture. I feel as though that would keep me more engaged in the class. In terms of the workload, it is already pretty heavy, so I can only hope that it does not increase. If it does, I will have to make some changes to my schedule to allow more time for school. Overall, the year has started great, and one can only hope that it continues to improve and make my time here extraordinary.

A reflection of freshman year

I moved into Geneseo last year on the 28th of August 2020. This was my first time going back to an educational environment since Covid-19 hit in early March. I was extremely nervous to begin college, especially after practically doing close to no work for the past year. I was expecting a random roommate whose name was Randy. He ended up never coming to Geneseo, which left me in a double room with no roommate. I had both beds pushed together and honestly had a nice setup. On the flip side, the bad part about not having a roommate was that you really didn’t have anyone to keep you in check. There was no one to ask you to clean up your side of the room or ask you to go hang out with their friends. It was tough and honestly lonely.

I’m not saying that I blame not having a roommate for my lack of social interaction, but I didn’t have anyone to push me to go out and have fun. Especially with Covid and all online classes, meeting new people was harder than ever before. I made a good number of friends in Freshman Orientation, which really helped kick start my college experience. My advice to freshmen who just moved in is to be outgoing. The other students are in the exact same boat as you, and it took me a while to understand that. Everyone wants to find friends to hang out with, but no one ever wants to initiate the conversation.

About five days after I moved in, I had a group of friends and was starting to feel good about this whole college thing. Then I started to get homesick. I had made the decision to bring my car to college which in hindsight, was a mistake. I live in Rochester, which is only a 30-minute drive, and it allowed me to go home way too much and to use it as an escape. The trip would usually take an hour round trip every Tuesday which was a colossal waste of money and time that could have been spent on schoolwork and becoming more involved in the college atmosphere. I believe that no freshman should bring their car to college. I made that mistake, and because of that I went broke and became distant from college life.

I am a sophomore now, and I made the decision not to bring my car. It is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I don’t have to worry about gas, insurance, or car repairs and can have money to spend on what I want to spend it on. I also played on the lacrosse team my first year until I was injured. Lifting and tryouts started six days after I moved in last year. I highly recommend joining either a club, sports team, or even Greek life because lacrosse taught me time management. That, in my opinion, is the key skill any college student can learn. It helps you manage your stress and anxiety by having a plan and getting it done, so you don’t have to cram at the last minute. My first week was a roller coaster, but I got through it and made it through that entire year, so anyone else can make it too.

This year, my sophomore year, I am taking INTD-105 Theatre Therapy for Veterans. This is my second time taking an INTD-105 course. Now I know what you’re thinking, yes, I did fail my first INTD course. So, coming into this course, I had very low confidence in being able to do good work and pass the class. To my surprise, I have fallen in love with this course. The difference between this course and the other course that I had taken was this course has a theme. It gives me something to focus myself on rather than just writing assignments about whatever topic the article given is about. I feel as though given a theme to focus on allows me to refine my English skills and learn about a major part of our country at the same time. Taking this course with Professor Arena has opened my eyes about what being a veteran after serving really means. She has given me an insight on how PTSD can affect veterans as she is a veteran herself. We are only one month into the semester, but I am excited to see what the rest of this class has in store.