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New year, many more to learn

Posted on: 29 November 2018 BY: SSagran

Freshman year was a year of adjustment into the college life. My primary focus was to be able to live independently and to get to know people around campus to make a life time connection. As the new year began and as I transitioned into the sophomore year I’ve become confident living independently however, there are many more I have to learn to be efficient academically.

As classes are getting more challenging I become more aware of the benefit of setting a good daily habit. I am more aware of the amount of sleep I need and the food I eat as well as getting enough exercises to stay healthy and eventually maximize studying. During the first year, late night studying sessions in the library helped me get through the semester however as workload increased this year, I realized getting enough rest is a way to be effective. I also make sure I get at least an hour of exercise everyday and have a balanced diet. It definitely took me through many obstacles as a student to come into conclusion of what kinds of habit need to be put into practice.

Aside from physical health, I have come to realize the amount of sources available on campus that provide help for students. These sources are to be taken advantaged of as much as possible. Library tutoring is my number one source of help as well as dorm tutoring, they have helped me understand classes materials in the most effortless ways possible. I have also learnt that communicating and discussing with the professors about grades towards the midterm is also beyond helpful, to which the professors will come to know the struggles their students go through and come with alternatives to help the students obtain the best grades they deserve.

Assistance and guidance in college can be found anywhere in every corner of the campus. There are no rooms for complaints when faced difficulty but only rooms for improvements.