As the first semester of my first year in college comes to an end, I have already seen myself grow in so many ways. Ignoring how cliche the last statement sounded, college really is a reality check. I came into college with the ignorant, and slightly conceited, viewpoint that I would be fine on my own as I excelled so well in high school. And yeah, that didn’t happen. I struggled with chemistry laboratory and dropped a math class, risking my full-time student status. But I have pushed myself into situations that I would never have in high school: going to office hours and pushing myself to get a research opportunity. The chemistry advising office has become my half home because I go there almost every week, talking to my advisor or networking with another professor.
I am not the person I was in high school and that’s not a bad thing. I’m finally starting to figure things out, and I’m looking forward to what the Ohio State University has to offer me next.