My second year of college will live in my memory for a very long time. At the beginning of the year I began a job as a lifeguard at the university pool, marking the first time that I had ever held a job while in school. Working brought the fun challenge of learning how to manage my time with classes. This year was also the first year that I lived off-campus which brought my level of adult way up. I did not think that I would miss dining hall food but I had misjudged how convenient the dining halls were. During the fall semester I began the search for a research position on campus. Around Thanksgiving Break I was accepted to shadow in a lab and right before Winter Break I was accepted into the lab. Being accepted into the lab was one of the happiest moments of my life. Spring semester began with little noise and I settled into the paces. I was excited for spring semester because most of my courses were pre-requisites for other courses and I was excited to move on. Looking back on when I packed my bag to go home for Spring Break it is almost laughable to think of what was waiting around the corner. It was over Spring Break that the university suspended in person classes and moved everything online. The transition to the virtual classroom also meant that I was not allowed to go to my research position. Not being able to go to my research position was the most upsetting for me because I was finally being given more solo tasks. My lamenting was cut short however as the reality of the pandemic and other course work filled the void. For me, the greatest lesson I have learned from the worldwide shutdown is that we are all important and can have a big impact on our fellow man. I have also learned to roll with the punches and to not waste this time that has been gifted.
This might be cliche but I made it through my first year! I have grown a lot over the past few months. I learned that studying the way I did in high school is not good enough. The biggest thing that I learned about studying is that you can never start too early. I also learned that if I am smart I can manage my time. There were only a few times where I felt rushed. I am also proud that I was able to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night. There are no glamourous summer jobs or research opportunities ahead for me. I am hoping to get involved in research next summer. This summer I am going to start looking into medical school requirements and my future in general. One of my roommates moved out today and it made me realize that the semester really is over. I think I made the right choice with choosing Ohio State. I cannot imagine my first year of college happening anywhere else. Go bucks!
The first semester of my college experience is coming to a close. I can already tell that I have changed a lot. I do my own laundry, clean my own bathroom, and take care of my own meals. I am now realizing how spoiled I was at home. The transition to college was not as difficult as I thought it would be. I accepted the changes and moved forward. One of the biggest changes that I had to deal with was the rigor of the coursework. Everyone knows about the infamous chemistry department at Ohio State but I was not ready to have to spend time on one class every day. It has definitely helped improve my time management. For one, when I just want to watch Netflix or play around on my phone I have to be honest with myself and ask if it is a good idea. I know that I never want to let all of my chemistry work pile up. Another way I have changed is that I know it is okay to get a bad grade here and there. In high school I never got bad grades so it was a wake up call. Just because you do poorly on one thing does not mean your college career is over. Pick yourself up and try not to repeat past mistakes. Everything in college is a learning experience!