It’s gotten to the point of the school year where everything gets extremely crazy. Spring break gave me a chance to breathe while getting the wonderful opportunity of doing service work in Washington, DC and when I came back, I was ready to jump into the second half of the semester. This seemed like a great plan, but as a college freshman, I had no idea how busy this time of the year really is. In the midst of chemistry exams, labs, education fieldwork, research papers, picking out classes for next semester, and being a part of a choir that performs every day of Easter weekend, I quickly realized that this is a time many students dread and I often thought to myself, “Nobody ever talked about this when I was getting ready to come to college! What on earth have I gotten myself into?”
While all of this has seemed quite overwhelming, I have worked my way through the semester and even though it feels like I haven’t made much progress, I know that I honestly have. Chem labs are still daunting sometimes, but I am much better at working in the lab than I was at the beginning of the year. There is still a big honors college research paper to work on for the semester, but I survived the Friday night papers that I had to work on before. Starting my first part of education fieldwork observations made me pretty nervous, but it is so great to be working in a classroom. It has definitely reinforced the fact that I want to be a teacher and help me see that I may be interested in working with middle school students. And even though my schoolwork has kept me busy, I have still made time to stay involved with the student organizations that I enjoy and have worked on becoming a leader in some of them.
So although handling everything during my first year of college has been difficult sometimes, especially during stressful times, many good things have happened during my time at Valpo so far and there are a lot of things to look forward to. I love being a part of a choir again and am excited for our performances coming up. Also, many of the MSEEDers will be staying on campus over the summer to work on research and it has been interesting to plan and figure out what I am working on when I am here during the summer. Overall, while college can be stressful, it is best to look for the positive parts and power through the difficult ones. So instead of worrying about things that may have gone wrong, treasure the wonderful memories that you will be able to look back on!
Good luck with the end of the semester!