Posted on September 11, 2017
After experiencing my first week here at Stony Brook, I can honestly say it was amazing and I’ve learned so much. Coming here at Stony Brook was definitely not easy for me, as I had to learn to accept the fact that I will have responsibilities. Sometimes I wish I’m 5 years old, getting spoiled by my parents with a bunch of goodies, and having them to take me to random places. At the same time, I have to remind myself that I’m in college now. Being away from my parents can be nerve wracking. Although I’m still getting adjusted to this new transition, I am really happy with my classes and enjoy going everyday to learn new things. So far in this experience, I am aware of what my priorities should be. Most of time, I do my homework and other assignments online. I keep my student planner with me to keep track of all of the things I need to get it done for the day. The hardest part about college is time management. I must admit I do struggle with it but I’m learning step by step. To keep track of my class schedule, I use the Google Calendar app. I set a reminder for each class 45 minutes before it starts so that way, I can prepare myself the materials needed. I’m currently taking 5 classes and at first, I was frustrated coming up with a way to organize myself for all of the upcoming tests and a way to study them.
Here are the following tips I provide for myself:
-Review the syllabus and familiarize yourself with the expectations/grading criteria
-Have a planner or notebook to organize your notes
-After each lecture, review your notes and UNDERSTAND the concepts
-Keep up with the readings
-Don’t ever hesitate to ask for help (this is something I’m struggling with but I’m learning!)
My goal for the semester AND for life, is to be positive and to accept that mistakes happen because that’s the way you’d learn. I know I am not the only one who struggles with the new experiences of being a college student but I’m gonna say it to myself: I got this. I’m going to go through this and struggle a little bit but that’s okay. I’m going to learn and enhance my knowledge. I’m going to take advantage of every opportunity that is offered. I’m going to meet new people with different goals and perspectives. I got this.
Cheers to a fresh start, this is just the beginning 🎉