What I’ve Learned This Year - Sharayah

By Sharayah Le Leux on September 13, 2013
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The road is ever widening. There will be twists, turns and obstacles you will have to jump over along the way. But no one said going to college would be easy.

Now, as I am so close to finishing my sophomore year of college, I cannot help but look upon the decisions I have made thus far. There have been good and bad ones, but I always ended up learning something. Bad things will happen, but it is how you let them affect you that really matters.

I always try to look on the bright side of things no matter how terrible something is. There were quite a few times this year I felt like things really could not get any worse, but then there were times where I could not be happier. Here are just a few things I’ve learned this year that you can learn from, too.

Don’t take all general education classes in one semester.

Rather, take an even mixture of major and general education ones. There needs to be play time along with work time, and I consider my major classes as my play time. This coincides with what I want to do with my life, and if I wasn’t enjoying it, I should be reanalyzing my desires.

The harder I work in the classes I need for my major, the easier I find it is to define what I want to further achieve. Taking interesting general education classes helped me develop my likes and dislikes and skills I did not even know I had.

There is such a thing as being too involved.

I have learned that although it is great to be involved with college, especially since I commute, when you are constantly go, go, go, it is hard to find time for anything unless you are a super-organized, time-managing expert. Which in that case, I envy you greatly. But regardless, having an even balance maintains one’s sanity.

Taking a class with your best friend is distracting.

Though it may be really cool to take that class with your best friend, it can get annoying. If you do choose to take a class with a friend, sharing textbooks is not a good idea. Yes, it cuts the costs, but it also cuts your accessibility to said textbook, which can be frustrating.

Ratemyprofessors.com is an excellent website.

Due to its guidance, I have been led to amazing professors that challenge my abilities and avoided professors that would have put me to sleep. Although, before I found out about it, I did the work myself by asking my upperclassmen friends.

Outside-of-school scholarships are not impossible to obtain.

Regardless of how unrealistic something seems, you should always put 100 percent into it because it could very well surprise you and become a reality.

Overall, the ups and downs of this year are what helped make the year exciting, and I would not have it any other way. 

Check out the following videos where our writers share their most
important piece of advice to their fellow students:

¥ Sharayah Le Leux: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9qvMYFOogA

¥ Ariel Benjamin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idSlfYUCq_s

¥ Jordan Sweigart: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CV_J9zjRVo

¥ Megan Lynch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUDIvjeadS0

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