Growing up, for most people, going to college is not an option- its an expectation. In our society, going to college has become a fundamental part of our education, becoming an adult, and for most people just simply part of our lives. However, as people grow up and experience reality, the realization hits that college may not be as simple as once thought. As much as attending college is expected from the majority of young people, dropping out of college is not. Even with the idealization of the college experience, some students are forced to cut their education short due to a plethora of issues.
I remember being in third grade and doing my homework sitting on the floor because we lacked furniture, and I slept on the same sordid floor in a tiny room shared by three other people. The internet was a rare asset I was only able to access at school or in a public library. Food was hard to come by, and when we did have food, it was cheap and highly processed. When I was in fourth grade, my head sprouted grey hairs as a result of either malnutrition or stress, or both. I grew up poor but still excelled in school because I told getting good grades and being a good student would eventually make my life better.
College is full of experience and to get that experience students need to get involved in campus and use all the resources that their campus offer. For my first semester at university I learned lots of information that helped me go through my first semester and I will keep using this resources until I graduate. and these resources are not just for school but also for my personal life. The first thing I have learned in college is how to manage my time and it's important to know that skill so that I would not waste time doing nothing and get schoolwork done and it won’t make me stressful because I have many assignment and project to do. and to always get done with my priority first which is my school work.
Last semester I faced employment challenges which, like a domino effect, led to personal challenges. I worked as a pharmacy technician at CVS pharmacy which allowed me to get much needed experience in the health field, however the demands of my job often crowded my life so much that I barely had time to sleep, hang out with friends and even perform well academically. As the most recent hire, I felt a bit intimidated. I did not want to seem too demanding and high maintenance with a limited schedule. Although I emphasized that I was a full-time student, I would still find myself getting scheduled 20+ hours a week, way over the 12 hours and below I had initially requested.
If San Jacinto Christen Academy has not prepared me in any other way I am glad that I am prepared to stay strong in who I am as a person. I am not prepared for college. My school has not prepared me in the typical ways that you think of when you ask "Has your high school prepared you well for college classes?". If you offered me a chance to go back and be prepared for college in the typical way I would have to decline. I love the fact that I know no matter what who I am and what I believe in.
I remember my freshman year walking onto campus on the first day of school. Right from the get-go I knew this was where I was going to become the person who I would essentially be for the rest of my life. I grew up as a very quiet kid, I was never the kind of person to be with the “loud crowd”. I was also very shy but really into music, little did I know that music would completely reshape me into a new person.
If anyone looked at me they would think I am an ordinary college student. I wake up every morning wishing to get a couple more seconds of sleep. I make my way to school I listen, I learn, I make my way back home and I study, or depending on the day I go to work. Some days are as simple and relaxing as these, but some are not.
According to the Web site collegeresults.org, only 23.6 % of the students attending Old Dominion University are graduating in four years. This rate of graduation is demoralizing because I have a plan to succeed and graduate from ODU. From these results, I understand that I have to work hard and take my studies very seriously in each subject of every semester. Because a college education offers many benefits, I will be a successful student by obtaining expert advice, by developing effective strategies, and by overcoming my challenges. Psychology Professor Robert S. Feldman explains the benefits of a college education in my ENF textbook (29-31).
College represents something different to everyone. The student will be accountable for attending class, navigating around campus, and obtaining help when needed. When young people leave home for the academic world, they embark on a new journey that includes independence, adventure, and uncovering their individuality. Most students are not prepared for the trials of academe and end up feeling overwhelmed. College life can be a hard adjustment.
For the past three years I have dedicated myself to my education, making sure to attend every lecture regardless of the weather, my health, or my ever growing exhaustion level. I have become consumed with the concept of success, and failure is just not an option. Although things have not always been this way for me personally. I am passionate about school because I discovered social work, a blessing in disguise.
I am writing to inform you of my experiences from my first semester of my W-131 class. Coming into college I was very scared. I wasn’t so much scared of new things, because we experience new things every day. I feared failure, what I mean by that is I have a lot of people counting on me to graduate and to do good. At times is stressful because I think of scenarios of what will happen if I don’t graduate.
At ten years old, I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I proudly responded, “I want to be a lawyer.” To this day I have worked hard to familiarize myself with the law and since then my interest in helping people grew and grew. I decided to enroll myself in the only law magnet in the district. This was a tough experience; not only was I starting at a school that I was not zoned too, but this school was far more advanced than I was accustomed too. I noticed there was a diversity issue at my new school between students in advanced classes and regular classes.
Being the executive secretary my freshman year, class secretary my sophomore year, and class vice president my junior year as well as being involved with Friends of Rachel and FCCLA clubs has taught me how to be dedicated and handle many tasks at once. Throughout high school, there have been very few days where I have been able to just go home after school. I am always very busy, and I have learned how to manage my time well, meaning that I can handle many things thrown my way. The money granted to me would not be
However, one semester into the program, he realized it was too difficult and dropped out. He is now 50 years old and in possession of an associate degree. James talked about how his experience at college taught him many things he still uses today. He relaxedly says, “I got a lot of new responsibilities when I went to college.
Preconceived College Before entering college, many students hold certain assumptions about “college life.” The majority of the time, the things people assume about college tend to be false or not what they were expecting. For many students, this could be a large let down, seeing as how they might have been expecting to constantly party. However, for some it could be a sigh of relief due to the pressure of trying to fit in might be overwhelming.