Hello fellow bloggers,
I invite you, once again to check out Rebbeca Ruiz’s blog, http://thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com/.
This week featured a post that caught my eye. It was a post by a guest author and current student studying journalism at New York University, Samantha Wilson. Wilson’s blog was focused on firsthand advice for college transfer students. This caught my eye, because as we enter the second half of our first semester in college, I have noticed reality is starting to catch up with some people. The transfer student advice got me thinking about how many college students make it through their freshman year and return for their sophomore. Midterm grades are here so we are forced to evaluate ourselves as students. I have witnessed many withdrawl forms being filled out and plenty of students shocked by the unsatisfactory grade they have received. On top of the academic pressure most of us are feeling, there is homesickness and financial struggles to consider too.
Wilson’s article gave me a sense of relief. It reminded me that it is okay to change our minds, our majors, even our school. We may feel locked into our decision, but really we have the option to do whatever we please. In no way whatsoever am I suggesting you drop out of school, more so I am curious as to why college has become such a hard decision to stick with. There are the obvious theories that come to mind, academic success has become more challenging and more expensive; but I believe it is more than that. I believe we are being pressured too early on and this constant stress has put us in the entirely wrong mind set to make conclusive decisions because we always doubt ourselves. Therefore once we arrive at the college of our choosing, a whole new reality sets in that it is no longer just a plan. So I ask you, what you see within yourself and your peers as the biggest issue to overcome as a new student?
Check out Samantha Wilson’s post here ->>> http://thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/24/senior-transfer/