I can easily say that my first semester at OSU wasn’t the easiest thing I’ve had to deal with in my life, but it also wasn’t the hardest. Every freshman has to face some trials to get acquainted with college life, but I was given plenty of opportunity before this semester to grow as a person and to become better equipped to deal with not only college, but also adult life. I’ve faced every new situation as best as I can, and while I’m still at the beginning of my college experience, I think I’ve learned a lot about myself and that the next three years will go by smoothly now that everything’s been set up for me here at the Ohio State University. Of course, no matter what, there will always be some problems, but having made it through this semester I know I can face whatever life throws at me.
This semester, as is to be expected of a new college student, I tried many new things. Having taken college classes before, at the other college I went to I always wanted to join student organizations on campus. I tried out a singing group originally, Scarlet Script, and looked into various charity and volunteer organizations. Coming into college, I was also interested in sororities. Amazingly, every last one of these activities and plans fell through. It’s not so much that I became over involved, as I tend to do, but I simply wasn’t able to be involved period. I discovered the true depth of my mental illness, depression, that began almost a year ago. Through this trial and error, I discovered that I should wait to be more involved and instead focus on my mental health instead of trying to attach myself to student organizations. After all, I can’t truly help others and participate if I can’t even help myself.
As was previously mentioned, I was well-equipped for college and adult life coming into this semester. Despite my aforementioned mental illness, I was able to handle myself well in my first semester. Since I was very young I’ve been tried by life numerous times. I’d like to think that these situations have turned me into a more responsible, mature individual. Additionally, my parents, mainly my father, made sure that I always had some degree of independence. I started college at 15, and his trust in my allowed me to excel and grow academically and in maturity. I learned how to study effectively and how to properly time manage, both of these being essential for a successful college career. Because my parents allowed me to grow as a person before I was thrust into adulthood, I was able to come into my freshmen year with many essential skills that I learned my classmates around me didn’t even have. I was especially concerned and surprised by the amount of people that didn’t know how to do their own laundry. More importantly, I knew how to make responsible decisions. I’ve already been hanging around with intelligent and interesting people, and while I would like to party, I’m responsible enough to not go out on a weekday and waste my academic career.
I would like to point out one more piece of success that I’ve had coming into college that I was most worried about upon entering. I knew that I would find friends as everyone here is very friendly, but I’ve managed to find someone that I connect with mentally on many levels. It’s amazing luck that was afforded to me by being in the Buckeye’s First program for first generation college students. This new friend of mine has helped me in many situations throughout my first semester, and I have helped her get adjusted to college life, as well. We have great conversations, and can always manage to goof around and make each other laugh. She’s even gotten me into a Dungeons and Dragons podcast, which we’ve bonded over even more than before. I’m eternally grateful to have her as a compatriot, and know that we’ll remain good friends for a long time.
All in all, despite some problems with myself, the Ohio State University has amazing resources and people all over campus. I couldn’t be happier with where I chose to go to school. I honestly love this university so much. I know that my next four years will be full of successes, both big and small, that will make any problems I have worth it. I will continue to grow as a person, and when I graduate I know that I will better for having gone to this university. Go Bucks!