A Rough Start To A New Beginning




One of the turning-point events in my life occurred when I started college.  I was very excited to start a new chapter in my life.  I was looking forward to meeting new people, my classes, and the freedom that comes with it.  College was the main topic in many conversations all though my senior year of high school.  Every one of my classmates that year was anxious to be done with high school and start anew.  Both of my parents, friends, and teacher’s in high school said that I would do great in college because of my outstanding work ethic and willingness to learn. 

            Prior to going to college, I spend a lot of time with my best friend, Lauren, who was going to a different college.  We had been friends since 1st grade, so it was difficult to go on different paths.  I also spent a lot of time deciding what I was going to take with me.  First, I sorted though my closet and room many times trying to decide what to keep and what to give away.  Then, I decided what to bring with me.  I also got a few school supplies; I had to make sure I was fully prepared. 

            I arrived at school a week before the other freshman because I participated in the Accelerate program.  This program was designed for incoming freshman to get to know the campus and meet new people prior to classes starting.  Besides attending the freshman orientation, this was my chance to start over and make new friends.  However, the main purpose was for us to help other freshman move into their dorm on move-in day.  Since I live in Woodworth Complex, I helped other freshman living there move in.  That was a crazy day, so I am glad we made it easier.

            I had a busy schedule my first semester of college.  I was taking 16 credit hours worth of classes and participated in small activities required for my minor.  Having five classes on Mondays and Wednesdays made my schedule a little more difficult to manage. 

Three weeks after classes started, I was diagnosed with mononucleosis, which, unfortunately, included strep throat that made me unable to talk clearly.  At that point, I thought it was the end of the world.  I am the type of person who gets stresses easily, which is what caused me to get mono.  Knowing that you have to rest all day and pretty much do nothing for about six weeks made me even more stressed.  I kept wondering how I was going to get all of my work done and if I was even going to make it through the semester.

I was out of class for one week, but my illness lasted about four weeks.  Even though I needed to rest, I pushed myself to go back to class after the first week.  At that point, I was obviously still sick.  I could barely talk and was tired much of the time.  I even had to give my first speech at 7:30 in the morning during the week I came back because I missed my original speech day.  I also took two of my first exams while I was still sick, which were for Biology and History.  I did not do very well on these exams because of the circumstances.  That was when I knew I had to get back up from there and raise my grades.  I really wish I did not take those exams at that time.  The problems was, I knew that if I did not try to keep up with my schoolwork, I would be even more behind.  I should have let myself heal longer before getting back into the swing of things.  That probably would have made a big difference in my grades.

Because of where I was at that point, I had to work extra hard, harder than I already was working.  I was even encouraged to drop my hardest class, which was History, and take it in the next semester or during the summer.  But I said, “No, I am going to finish this semester and pass all of my classes.” 

The reason why History was my hardest course to pass was because it was only graded on exams, which includes a few reports.  I was lucky that my professors, my History professor in particular, spent a lot of time with me discussing my exams, giving me advice about how to study, and answering any questions I had.  What is funny is that the more time I spent studying for my History class, the more interesting it became.  My professor was also very enthusiastic about the subject, which made it enjoyable for me to listen to.

By the end of the semester, I was definitely proud of myself for accomplishing my goal, which was to not only pass my History class, but to pass all of my other classes as well.  After this event, I realized that I can achieve something if I put my mind to it, despite having a rough start.

I learned that constantly worrying is not going to get me anywhere, especially when worrying about unimportant.  My mom always tells me that everything will always work out.  Those words have helped me through some very stressful and frustrating situations.  It is sometimes hard for me to relax and not stress when I know I have something important and nerve-racking coming up.  In fact, my New Years resolution was to not stress.  I think I have been keeping up with that very well.  Of course, everyone if going to have tough situations were all they can think to do is stress.  However, you just have to learn how to let some problems work out on their own and just move on and know that it will all work out some how.