Reflecting back on the first semester

12.28.2007The first semester of my freshmen year is officially over. I have mixed emotions about it coming to an end. On the positive note, my final exams are done, but then, a semester of college is already done. My college experience so far has been amazing. Yet when I step back, and look back on my life thus far, I realize that everything is changing at an unbelievable rate. The New Year is going to be here in a few short weeks, and it is hard for me to comprehend the idea that I graduated high school and finished my first semester of college. Time flies by, and I learned there is no time to waste.

I can remember moving into Stuart like it was yesterday. The excitement of the students being out on their own, and the sadness seen in the parents eyes as they leave their sons and daughters on their own for the first time in their life. That image of move in day remains engraved in my mind as a day that changed my life.

Going to UD has been one of the best choices I could have made in my life thus far. So many opportunities were offered and I expounded on a few of them. The academic and social aspect of UD is amazing as well. I would first like to explain my academic experience. As I might have said before, I like a challenge, and this first semester of class came with great challenges. College classes are harder than what I had expected. It requires more studying than I ever had to endure during high school, yet it is a good thing. If class was not a challenge, what is the point? Though I did not make all A?s like I was used to in high school, I am proud of myself for how I did considering the changes I went through. Enough with the academics, I think you guys get the point. My advice, study a week before tests, not the night before, it does not work out very well.

Though academics are important, the social aspect of college can affect you positively or negatively in regards to your academics. Since coming to UD my social life has become something that I cannot or would not want to lose. The people I have met, the new friends, the football and basketball games, cheerleading, etc, has created so many memories. And when I look back on those memories, all I can do is smile and say, This is my life, I love this!? The simple fact is that college is so much BETTER than high school. Though there are aspects of high school that I miss occasionally, college is the greatest experience thus far. But even greater are the friends I have made. Everybody says right before they graduate that they will visit each other and stay close friends. The truth is, unless you go to the same school as them, this rarely happens. The friends I have made here I know are the ones that are going to be there for the rest of my life. Who knows, a close friend in college may be the one you marry, or your best friend might end up being your brother-in-law because you marry his sister. Yeah that last part, random, but hey it can happen. But these are the times where you meet the people who mean the most in your life.

All I can say is that college is a great experience. Whether you choose UD or somewhere else, wherever you are, do not waste your time. Life is too short to be mad at someone or something. Time is going by for me faster that I could ever expect. And from what I hear, it only goes by faster. I hope everybody has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. God Bless, and remember, if you come to UD, you will not be disappointed.