With finals quickly approaching, it’s time to reflect on how my first semester at Rider has gone. If I could go back in time, there are certainly a few things I would have wanted to know for my first day on campus.
I wish I hadn’t worried about making friends so much. I did not meet many people I clicked with at orientation and feared that I was destined to remain friendless for my time at Rider, which wasn’t the case at all. I made friends from my classes, and rekindled friendships with old high school classmates who also attend Rider.
I would tell the girl who is entering college for the first time that, while classes are more challenging, they are not impossible. I was disappointed in my performance towards the beginning of the semester. However, after adjusting my study habits from a high school level to the college level, my grades greatly improved. I am now thrilled to say that I am leaving this first semester with grades that I am proud of.
I discovered that it is possible to have fun and be a good student at the same time, as long as time management is taken into consideration. Every day, I feel as though I get the best of both worlds by having time to enjoy lunch with my friends as well as cutting out some time in the afternoon to complete my assignments. I take time to do my work both during the day, as well as at night to ensure that I never feel overwhelmed. Managing your time does not mean that it will be all work and no play — in fact, using good time management skills leaves time for more fun. Life is far more relaxing when I know I have fulfilled my responsibilities for my classes rather than having to dread completing tasks late at night.
While this may sound cliché, I would tell anyone who is entering Rider for the first time that, if you take charge of your life everything in college will truly fall into place. As long as you make intelligent decisions and maintain a balance of having fun and doing your assignments, you will start off your college career in a very positive way.
Journalism and American Studies Major