Last week has been a special one. There have been many events throughout these six days that have opened my eyes, lifted me up, kept me focused, and surprisingly, submersed me deep in water.
Last week was the first “official” week at the College—everything is working on a (somewhat of a) normal schedule. This is where we are learning to move with the new rhythms that life has given us, and sooner (and hopefully NOT later), we shall be able to follow these unique rhythms, and even add our own variations to them, such as knowing the perfect time to get yourself up, ready and in class on time, when to eat, when you have free time, and for some, the classes that you can skip and the ones that are crucial to attend.
For me, I have a special and unique rhythm that I have to learn to follow. Although I’m used to being here at the College, there’s much I have to get accustomed to now that I have returned. I’m balancing academics with a social life. I’m learning how to be on my own again. Plus, there is a lot of newness that is occurring around CofC, and I’m trying to catch myself up to speed with it all. This process for me isn’t really hard, but at the same time it isn’t really easy either. Now that I’m a sophomore, I’m kind of used to all of this college stuff.
Being a sophomore means that I’m not a bright-eyed-bushy-tailed freshman anymore; there is more solidarity. I know what I need to do as a student, a friend, and a person. I know my way around campus, I know my resources, I know who my friends are and aren’t, and I’m slowly but surely walking on this journey to “know[ing] myself.”
But even though I am in the right and positive direction, I have something to look out for—the “Sophomore Slump.” What is this you ask? Sometimes we have a rough first year (like I had), or we are becoming too comfortable with our new lives, lacking the motivation and the spirit that is needed to excel. College has become real to us, it has lots its magic and wonder, it just becomes normal business. This is the “Sophomore Slump.” This year, my initiative is to not reach this “slump” and be even more successful than I was last year.
One of the first things I am preventing this year is procrastination. Last year I held off important things that I needed to tend to as soon I was presented them and it put me in a world of trouble. I am taking new methods to remind myself of homework that I have to do, projects that I have to construct, and quizzes and tests that I have to study for.
Another tactic I am using is keeping a balance between all the activities I’m involved in and school. Although I love being involved on campus, I have to remind myself that I’m a student first. So far it has been working out nicely, but we shall see as the semester goes on. My last tactic is to make sure I am mentally healthy. I want to participate in things that take my mind off of the stresses of school and whatever else is frustrating me. For me, music is a great stress-reliever and I’m participating in the Gospel Choir here because I always walk away with a great feeling after I sing with them.
So here’s my challenge for you guys: write down everything that hindered you from having a great college experience last year. Whether it’s something academically, socially, or otherwise, identify these things. For each hinderance, write down something that will positively counteract them. It’s better to attack these things now so they don’t hurt us (again) later.
This year I will document my progress of staying out of the “slump” and my journey to becoming the successful student, family member, and friend that I can be.
As always, “Please believe that things are good with me, and even when they’re not, they will be soon enough.”
Have a great week!
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