Now that I'm home from college for the summer, I'm finally getting a chance to slow down and reflect back on the last 10 or so months of my life- this journey of mine towards earning a degree and getting the "job of my dreams." My first year away at college was defintely not what I expected – in a good way though, sort of.
Instead of partying and making lots of friends every weekend, I worked to earn money for school. Had I not worked, I would not have been able to afford my tuition. As it was I barely managed to pay it off. How many college freshmen can say that they paid off a Syracuse University tuition (mostly) by themselves? Not many and I am definitely proud of that.
Instead of reading a ton of books like I wanted to, I found that I really didn't have that much free time between classes, assignments, and work. I packed so many books but ended up reading only a couple. Next year I know to pack a little lighter.
Instead of joining a bunch of clubs and organizations and utilizing the gym facilities on campus, I did almost nothing. I was too timid about things and I didn't make very many friends; none were willing to go to the gym or meetings with me. Soo, I was pretty much a veg all year. A homework-doing veg though.
Hopefully next semester will be better! I'm already looking forward to it. I signed up to take a literature class about Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy, two Russian authors. I started to read Anna Karenina last summer and failed miserably, but maybe this class will motivate me to finish it. I'm super excited.
Some of the english/writing classes I took this year were:
introductory writing course
English lit. 1789 to the present
Gender and lit. studies course
Reading Popular Culture
I have a love-hate relationship with English/writing classes. The essay prompts aren't always to my liking, and the professors are usually either very "out-there' (if you know what I mean) or extremely strict and of the grammar nazi variety. Not all, but most. I also don't like the criticism, but I suppose it will help in the long run.