In my time as a college student, I have learned a lot. I want to take a moment to reflect on these last four years of my life. I will never be able to experience my undergrad years ever again and I want to remember it all.
I will be graduating in May 2018.
That is about two months from today.
I’m finally G R A D U A T I N G.
I will be a first-generation college graduate. I have four older siblings some who went to college and others who had to drop out to make ends meet. I come from a middle-class family who did everything they could for me.
I never had it easy and I don’t believe anyone ever does. We all have problems and different circumstances that shape us into what we become.
I started off at a community college never understanding why I didn’t push myself in high school; nevertheless, I found myself there lost and unmotivated.
I remember taking AP test that I never studied for. I dismissed any test that would’ve given me the chance to attend a four year university and therefore community college was where I started off and pretty much my only option.
To be completely honest I don’t ever recall even applying to a college or having anyone pushing me to do so.
My time at a community college served as a learning experience. I took classes I didn’t need to but it gave me the opportunity to dip my feet into classes I would never have been able to afford at a four-year university
College is a learning experience and I definitely figured things out along the way it was the best of times.
I figured out the plan I had to follow to transfer to a university without the help of any counselor ( I don’t recommend going this route). I’m not sure if I wanted to prove something or if I just honestly did not care how long it would take me to get out of there. For the most part, I felt like a small fish in a big tank of water. I wanted to swim but I didn’t want anyone to teach me. I learned a lot of lessons the hard way and I’m sure a lot of you guys can relate.
Community college also taught me what real loss was like. That first year of college I lost my Dad.
I remember having to go to school to take my finals the day after my Dad passed away. That was hard.
I think that was the moment when everything changed for me.
I had always sold myself short, you can read a little more about my time in community college here.
I ended up transferring to a four-year university by the fall of 2014. I got accepted as a History major to a school where only 34 percent of students who apply get in. I have been there for the last four years and they have been the best years of my life.
My First Day At California State University of Long Beach
I started off my college experience much later than most. I was 23 at that time but when I think back I feel like even though I was older than most I still had nothing figured out. As some of you may know I was also accepted into Kansas University while I had my mind made up that I wanted to attend and enroll there I ended up withdrawing due to the out of state tuition cost.
I never knew that my second choice would be my favorite choice.
I met Jeremy in 2014 a little after I had already started college. I can recall the first time we ever saw each other again it was on campus during finals week. I was walking towards the library to study and he came out of one of the buildings wearing sweats and a beanie waving me down with a smile.
He changed my life. I don’t know what college would have looked like without him there.
I spent all of my college years after that in a relationship with Jeremy. My last two semesters I had to endure college alone.
The transition sucked!
For any girls who are in college with a military significant other . . . I know your pain. . .
I know that this last semester has been an adjustment and really hard at times. I have had to work through papers, group projects, and midterms while my significant other is 2, 184 miles away 🙁
Ever since I was little I knew that I was meant to go to college and graduate. It was never a maybe thing. I just didn’t know how long it would take me. I know that before I get to build my life with Jeremy there are a few things I want to make sure I do on my own. Graduating college is number one on that list.
I want to make sure I have that degree.
I want to prove to myself that I did something great for myself.
My second priority is making sure that I complete the credential program. This is probably a 1 1/2 -2 year program depending on how many classes I take at a time. I want to make sure that this summer I use it to mentally prepare myself for it.
It’s going to be challenging.
College for me has always been more about furthering my education rather than the social aspect. I have met great people along the way.
I have panicked, cried, and stressed out over college to the point I have pulled all nighters.
There was this one time where Jeremy and I got breakfast at 5 am in the morning after studying all night in the school’s library.
It was seriously one of my favorite memories.
College will be a lot of ups and downs especially when it comes to the education part of it but I managed to make it the best years of my life.
where did you go to college and do you have any graduating advice?