February 22, 2024


The first three weeks of college are typically an overwhelming buzz. There are days spent trying to find classrooms, learning when the Timmie’s line is short and spending 15 minutes trying to find a parking spot. There are instructional plans handed out that show you exactly how daunting college can be, with assignments and tests laid out before you, though they seem so far away.

At some point in the semester, typically around week four, those assignments are looming. Your fellow classmates will start showing up in sweat pants and without brushing their hair. The halls become a chorus of “I don’t want to be here anymore” and “I’m dropping out. I need sleep.”

This is the time of the semester where your attitude can become a huge factor in how well you do. The stress and negative energy that begins forming can appear to be a doom-filled cloud blocking out any rays of hope. It is important to push through that and continue focusing on the small things that make it seem worth it.

“In order to remain positive I remember that everything that is tough now will make my future better,” said Jessica Smith, a second-year general arts and science health option student.

Smith’s sentiment is shared by many students at the college. Students are here for their future, to be a better version of who they currently are. Remaining positive throughout it all is what enables students to continue to push themselves, to continue to work for their futures.

“I am a mother and a student,” said Victoria Amorim, a recent graduate of the office admin – executive program. “I am here to make sure I can take care of my son. There have been many days where I couldn’t be bothered to focus on school. Remembering that I am here for my son and my family is what keeps me motivated. Every time I felt like I couldn’t do it that kid made me believe I can. I have to stay positive while I’m here so I can do all of this for him.”

As Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around you might miss it.”

So take a moment, appreciate where you are now and make memories.


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