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Sometimes I wake up, and I think, “Thank you God for blessing me to be here.”
I am so very happy to be a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League school located in West Philadelphia. Penn is such an amazing place. I am surrounded by so much intellectual vitality, wisdom and resources to help me change the world. I did not know I would be this happy here, but it has been a very pleasant surprise.
The fall of one’s senior year is a crucial, confusing time period. It seems as if everyone and their mother has a plan for what they want to do with the rest of their lives, a game plan for what it’s going to take to set themselves up for these opportunities and a substantial drive in even the most unmotivated students to enact that game plan.
Many have been getting involved in their future fields for years Ñ making connections, gaining experience. They’re all ready to take the plunge in either the collegiate or working world. Everyone, that is it seems, except for you.
Since high school is over, there are always things graduates feel they should have done differently. Whether it is making better grades, or how they dealt with the people and situations that surrounded them, there’s always something they wish to change.
Looking back on your past there are also questions you wish you had the answers to. Like making the right choices after high school such as whether to get a job and start late so you can afford college or start right on time.
In this article I hope I can help you make the right choices for yourself by sharing my experiences.
Reflecting back on my choice of college, I can’t help but consider how things would have been different if I had chosen a different school. To be honest, this is mostly for superficial reasons Ð after breaking my foot last winter, I have considered how much easier my freshman year would have been if I hadn’t been on crutches for the majority of my second semester!
However, there are other things I have considered: after seeing so many of my high school friends pledging sororities, I wonder what my life would have been like had I chosen a school with an active Greek life. Or post-visiting my good friend at school in New York City, I dream about my life at college in the middle of a big city.
All things considered though, I am happy with my choice to attend Georgetown. I think that it was the best choice for me at the time, and that it is a choice that will serve me well in years to come.
Deciding what you want to do after high school is a big decision. A really big decision. And, if your high school is anything like mine was, you have pressure being put on you from every angle, pushing you to decide what you want to do with the rest of your life.
But not to worry, because despite what every adult in your life seems to be telling you, you have more time than you think. Allow me to explain.
Until you get perfect grades on everything, there’s always room to improve as a student. If you’re hoping to improve on the things you accomplished last year, the tips here might help you make the strides you’re looking for.
Younger siblings have the challenge of always being compared to older brothers and sisters.