It’s extremely hard to start college with no prior experience. What do the professors expect? What’s class like? How can I still manage to get ‘okay’ grades?
So I thought I’d share the experience I had (while I still remembered it).
My class lineup for my first semester of freshman year is pretty simple. I have Comparative Politics with Mattiace, Political Biographies (FS) with Callen, Chemistry 120 with Guldan, and Calculus 160 with Lo Bello.
This is a regular run of classes for first semester frosh. It’s got a few of the pre-recs I need for my majors (I know it’s going to contain biology, but heck if I know what else is involved – I might end up in pre-med!), and my FS class. Freshman Seminars are just another part of your introduction to ‘Gheny – they help show you what workload is like, introduce you to speeches and opinionated writing, and overall, teach you what it is to be a college student.
Now, the first days of class are always stressful. They especially were for me; I’m a perfectionist, I want to enjoy my classes, and I had NO idea if I would be able to get through chem and calc which would decide if I could go into a chemistry-heavy major. So I nervously took my seat those first few days, waiting for the professor to speak, trying to make a few friends.
Turns out, I didn’t have anything to worry about. Professor Guldan was and is a fantastic instructor. And honestly? The rest of my professors are amazing as well. They all have their unique quirks, and of course there are little problems you need to adjust to or begin to appreciate.
Lo Bello is an extremely hard grader, it’s easy to lose points on his tests. But you’ll never make those mistakes again, and you’ll know the topics like the back of your hand. Mattiace covers yards of material, but her vibrancy and excitement about being a political scientist helps you enjoy it, too. Callen’s FS certainly has a lot of reading, but it’s beyond interesting and the class discussions make the work worth it. And last but not least, Guldan’s chemistry class whisks through topics, but she’s always sweet and approachable when it comes to office hour reviews and asking questions. Not to mention how well she explains the more difficult subjects!
The thing about college is it’s not all a piece of cake. It can be hard, stressful, and you might want to pull your hair out from time to time. But in the end, it’s worth it. There’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.
…Even if that light is just more than 5 hours of sleep one night.