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This semester has been one full of surprises. I ended up switching majors, which I am incredibly excited about. I was a social work major at the beginning of this year, but my heart has always been with music education. After much convincing with my parents, I auditioned for and made it into the music education major. For some people, this might have led to a lack of much care about their current classes this semester. However, a lot of the classes I was taking counted as gen Ed’s for the music education major, and I still wanted to keep my GPA high, so I persisted and stayed focused and dedicated in all of my classes. Though I had a decent amount of frustrating teachers, I stayed on top of my study habits and found several groups of friends to de stress with. Even if I don’t stay friends with some of those who were in my classes and no longer will be next semester, I know that I still have the ability to make new friends easily in college. I’ve loved this semester so much and I am very much looking forward to my upcoming semesters at Ohio State in the major that I was born to be in.
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Welcome Week was definitely full of tons of different activities every single day; it was nearly impossible to walk through campus and not find some sort of activity going on. On one hand, it was a fantastic way to get involved on campus right away and meet with a bunch of people who are interested in the same things that I am, but on the other hand, there were so many activities going on every single day that it was a little difficult to find time to get completely settled and situated. However, I did love the Activities Fair, as it was an amazing (and incredibly organized) way to help me navigate my way to find the topics of clubs that I am interested in and want to be a part of.
I believe I am adjusting to life at Ohio State pretty well. I’ve been ready to leave my home for a while, and college at OSU is a perfect fit for me. My new schedule is much different than it was in high school, which is to be expected. Though I don’t have any classes on Wednesday’s, I have almost twelve and a half hours straight of classes on Thursday. It’s worth it to me, though, because I am able to take all of the classes that I want to take, which never happened in high school. I also have much more overall freedom here in college than I ever did at home, which is also an incredibly nice change that I believe I’ve been ready for.
Before leaving for college, I expected the first week to be pretty silent social-wise – I thought it would probably take me a few weeks, if not months, to make any good friends. I also thought that my classes would be more rigorous than they actually are. However, my classes so far are very manageable, and I’ve made dozens of friends already, to the point where I’m almost constantly with at least two friends if I’m not walking to class.
I am from South Elgin, Illinois, which is about an hour northwest of Chicago, and I graduated from St. Charles North High school. I am currently a Social Work major and a Music and Spanish double-minor, but I hope to soon be a Music Education major instead. I play viola as my main instrument, and I also play piano, violin, and trumpet fairly regularly. I’m also currently attempting to teach myself guitar, ukulele, and cello. I also love to travel – I’ve been to Europe twice (first time was England and Germany, second time was England, Germany, Italy, Austria, and Czechia), Mexico once, and Canada four times, and I’d love to go to Italy again as well as Spain, Greece, India, and Thailand.