Loving college -- hard work and all

By Samantha Ickes on December 12, 2013
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I know that I have chosen the best post-secondary path for me. This semester has made that clear to me. I love my college, Kent State University. The campus is beautiful, especially now that the leaves are changing.

I decided to go to KSU because it felt like home to me. Of course it will never replace my hometown -- Uhrichsville will always have a special place in my heart --  but I could easily see myself living in Kent for four years.

I love the atmosphere and the scenery. It’s so peaceful here, and the new addition to downtown Kent is beautiful. The journalism program is amazing as well. Kent just seemed like the perfect fit for me, and I’m glad I made the decision to come here.

Secure in career choice
Being here has made me realize that I am absolutely sure I want to be a journalist, and I think that’s exactly what your post-secondary path should do. If you’re unsure of what you want to do after your first semester, you may want to think about other possible career choices. Find something you are passionate about.

So far I’ve had to create my own interviews and conduct them, research sources for articles and write multiple articles. This has proven to me that I am on the right post-secondary path because I loved doing the interviews, research and writing. I am passionate about writing and the work I’ve been doing as a journalism student.

Though I’ve loved my academic experiences so far, I’ve realized college is tougher than I expected. Movies depict college as one giant party. It isn’t that simple. I expected to have fun with friends every night, with movie nights or concerts or whatever was going on during that week. But that’s not case.

College is amazing – and it’s a lot of work

I’m constantly busy balancing 17 credit hours with two honors courses and a part-time job. I go to class, work on homework, and then go to work. I get homesick quite often. Life was so much easier in high school.

Don’t get me wrong, college has been an amazing experience so far. I’ve made new friends, and I’m doing what I love. It has been fun, but it’s a lot more work than I expected.

My point is that college is the big transition. You’re on your own. No one is there to tell you to study or do your homework. You have to remember to finish your assignments on time, go to class every day, study, do laundry, go to bed early enough, etc.

Though it has been a big transition, I don’t think I would do anything differently if I had the chance. College has been a huge change. This semester has been tough, but I’m happy to report that I received all A’s on my midterm.

I’ve worked hard, and it’s getting easier as the semester goes on. I have more free time because my time-management skills are getting better. I’m doing well in my classes as well.

Find the right fit, and hang in there!

My advice to you as you go through your decision for a post-secondary path is that if you have any doubt in a certain university, keep looking. Don’t settle! There are so many universities out there, and one is the perfect fit for you. Choose a place where you feel at home, a place you can see yourself thriving as you pursue higher education.

Also, if the first semester is tough, keep your head up. It will get better! College is a big transition. The course load is harder and heavier than it was in high school. But, if you’re doing what you love, it will be worth it. Keep that in mind as you go through your first semester.

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