Archive | December, 2012

Final reflections

5 Dec

Since I have been a student here at Georgia College a lot of simple things have changed. For Example my sleeping habits have definitely changed before I would go to bed before twelve now I don’t go to bed until sometime after. But this extra time isn’t for nothing I am usually up working on something whether it is reading for a class or writing a paper. I also work on the stuff throughout the day if I have a free hour between classes I will sit and read for another class so I can get work done. Another thing that has changed is that because I have friends that live right down the hall or right up stairs I spend more time with them than I normally would. This happens simply because I can.  In high school I almost never studied but here I at least read over my notes before a test.

Also a big difference I have noticed since I have been here which may have come about because of the sleep and studying is I drink coffee and lots of it. This is partially because I like the taste of it because it usually is some kind of flavored coffee but also the need to keep myself awake and alert. One of the social differences is now at meals if I see someone I know sitting alone I either ask to join them or if I am with someone I ask them to join us. Also I have just talked a lot more in general whether it is socially or just interacting in class joining in on the discussions. I find if funny that I still have managed to have a scheduled meal time for the most part like I usually eat breakfast at 10 a.m., lunch at 1 p.m., and then dinner at 6 p.m. generally I stick to theses times. The only time I don’t is on Fridays I eat breakfast at 8 if I am hungry because I have class at 10 a.m. on Fridays. I have had a few issues since I have been here but luckily I have some one that I could trust to talk to. As the semester has gone on I have realized that I definitely chose the right school because everyone is friendly and there are a bunch of people that have things in common with me. One thing that I like is that there are a good number of Christians all around campus which is great compared to most colleges.

Since the beginning of the semester I have definitely made a lot of decisions academically that I wasn’t sure of before meaning I know I really do want to be an English major. A major thing I have decided is after I finish my undergraduate I want to go for my masters in secondary education to teach English at the high school level. This was a major decision for me that I didn’t expect to make but I believe it is the right one. Something that I thought was weird was I told my senior English teacher from high school about my decision and he told me he wasn’t surprised. That surprised me because I didn’t even know until a few weeks ago.

So this semester has been a roller coaster of change, adjustments and becoming an adult. Part of my adjustment is just being on my own with no one to tell me what to do, where to go and when I have to do something or go somewhere. Also not telling me what not to do and where I can’t go. Now it’s ultimately my decision and it’s up to me to make the right choices. This is harder than I realized because there are a lot of times where I have wanted to do something social when I needed to work on a paper so I had to give up social time to do work that I needed to do. One of the other things I did this semester was I finally released something that I wrote for people to see which was a big step for me. It was a review on a book that was written by a student here and since I know the girl I got to watch her read it which any writer knows is a nerve racking experience. Thank goodness the girl liked it and was thankful to me for writing it. So I have learned a lot about responsibilities like getting up on time, going to class, and working on stuff when I am supposed to do it.

I think I have done a pretty good job at this because I have only ever missed one day and that was because I was sick, and I have never been late to a class. So my first semester here at Georgia College has been a learning experience but I think it was made easier. This is because I had a lot of good professors and also my CA as well as some of the other CA’s in my building (Napier) have been very helpful. For example 2 of the CA’s held something the morning of registration to help us with it when neither of them had to be up that early. So over the course of the semester I have learned valuable lessons and picked up a few new habits.