Freshmen Struggles

It has been few weeks since college started and honestly, it hasn’t sunk in my mind that I am in college now. Furthermore, despite of being a good student back in high school. I had to make a lot of adjustments right now. These things are the struggles I have been facing for a while.

Time management. Although I have a good time management system(atleast I could say), there are still problems rising no matter how hard I try to organize my time. I had to pull many all nighters to get things done and most probably, I’ll be sleepy in the morning class. And living in a dorm, I can’t allot all my time for academics.

Finances. Yeah, finances… It was a lot harder than what I thought. I can be a thrifty person whenever I have to but right now, budgeting is hardly applicable. Basing it on my course(architecture) , I have to allot a big part of my allowance for the tools needed. But then, there’ll be immediate needs to be bought suddenly and my budgeting will be like nothing.

Courage. I have mixed emotions about this one. Part of me laughs at myself and part of me shames myself.  Just like what they say, “Someone is better than you at college”, there were times I lose hope even when I am just starting college. Sometimes, I do feel like the dumbest person in the world. And with these hurtful things, I just tell to myself that it won’t be the same in future. It’ll all pass and it will get better.

These are the three major struggles I’ve been facing but I know I just gotta be strong. I just gotta fight my way through and believe.

Things I’ve learned in highschool

My high school days are still fresh in my mind ’cause I am still adjusting in freshman college life. And I can definitely say, high school is way easier than college. Back in high school, I didn’t had to worry about financial and academics. My social aspect was fine as well since we’re only few in our batch compared to college. Now, at college, I have to think about financial status, my academics and I am facing a big adjustment in my social aspect. You can really feel the diversity of people during college. But my high school days were easier but lesser challenges. So these are the 10 lessons I have learned during my high school years:

  • Focus on your academics
  • Have extracurricular activities
  • Never ever forget you non-academic skills
  • Save money
  • Learn to prioritize
  • It’s okay to be different
  • Be yourself
  • Destructive criticisms are ignored
  • You don’t have to do what the “cool kids” are doing(smoking, getting drunk, drugs and etc..)
  • Know yourself and love yourself

So far..

My dorm life has taught me two things about life so far..

  • Your home gives the best comfort.
  • No matter how much you hate your family, you will certainly miss them.

Dorm life requires sacrifice but the struggles will strengthen and prepare a student for future challenges. Independence and self-reliance will also be developed.