Alright, volume 3 on the adulting chronicles. Usually we have adulting successes and failures. However, this time I have a situation with a little bit of both.
Soon I will be finishing up my first year of college. Yep, that’s right. My freshman year will be over and it’s back to the lake for me. But this year was not smooth sailing. It was full of bumps, bruises and cringy eyes looking at my grades going “whaattt??”.
This year alone, I failed a class, dropped a class, changed my major, and passed the rest. So it’s been one hell of a roller coaster ride. I thought this topic would be fun to discuss, because I think it’s something a lot of my readers would relate to.
Firstly, I want to say that my college experience is NOTHING like my high school experience. In high school, I could do the bare minimum and wow, maintain an A. In college, you should really read your chapters like the syllabus says. High school made me lazy, because I got really good at conning my teachers into thinking I knew exactly what I was talking about. In college, there’s only a lot of tests and a bunch on homework, and just a computer to give you your grades. No face to nod at like “I totally get this.” Just an emotionless computer.
I went into college thinking it was going to be easier. Less days on campus. Only 4 classes. A breeze. WRONG! College kicked my booty this year, and hopefully sharing what I went through this year will help you not make the same mistakes I did. And if you already have, we can just laugh about them together.
Myth: Online classes are simple and easy.
Online classes are my worst enemy. I took say 4 online classes and every time has been somewhat of a disaster. My history classes were all online, and I barely made it through. I tried really hard to keep up with the deadlines and homework, but it was one of those classes where I’d spend hours doing the homework, but hated it. Then, I took an online Speech class, thinking that’d be a blast. Laugh all you want at me for taking a speech class online, because it was such a stupid idea. My professor put the due dates as a day in May. So this 8 week class all had due dates 2 months away. So my procrastinating self decided to do all the easy stuff and then wait to finish the hard stuff. Turns out that no, those assignments weren’t due in May. They were due at the end of the 8 week class. Suddenly I had an F and a bad taste in my mouth. Now I’m taking a business class online (I switched my major to Business) and Im hoping 3rd time’s a charm. I’ve done really well keeping up with deadlines and doing my work. My teacher won’t make the grades available yet, so I have no idea what my average is, so pray for me.
Myth: Blow off classes can help maintain a good average.
When I was switching my major and applying for classes, my advisor and I had the idea to put me in an easy science class. Science won’t really be important to me, so I should take a fun one, right? Well turns out my professor knew his class was a blow off class. So he didn’t take any of it seriously. The class he was teaching wasn’t even his specialty. He’d spend more time holding private conversations with one student during lecture about video games than teaching the material. I decided that waking up at 7:00 to get to campus at 8:00, to listen to my teacher’s personal life and history until 9:30, was not worth it. Maybe if it was a night class and I wasn’t forced to wake up early, it wouldn’t be a big deal. Or maybe if the teacher didn’t humiliate a sleeping student in the back for not being awake while he talked on and on about his political views instead of the subject we paid for, I may have stayed. Confusing. The world may never know.
Despite my hiccups, there have been classes I passed and things I’ve learned. They are good teachers that really do want to see their students succeed and do a lot outside of the classroom to help. I’m going to make sure when scheduling my new classes this upcoming Fall semester, there are a few things I’m going to do.
- Take an in person speech class.
- Never ever ever ever take an 8 a.m. class again.
- Keep better track of my deadlines.
- Have more notebooks than just one.
- Bring a jacket to class or something because it’s gets so cold.
My first year of college didn’t go nearly as planned. I’m hoping my next one will go a lot smoother. Tell me some advice you might have, or some funny stories from your college experiences in the comments.
Thanks for reading. Life sure is a funny thing isn’t? There will be a lot more stories to tell as I keep getting older so stay tuned.