My First Semester Of College Essay

958 Words Nov 30th, 2016 4 Pages
Four months ago as the summer was coming to an end, and the upcoming school year was lurking in the air like an unwanted smell, I had a fleeting, very unwelcome feeling of freshman year. No longer would I be a high school student living in my parent’s house in the small town of Parker, Colorado. I instead, would be traveling 1,145 miles to Oxford, Mississippi, and attending school with 23,000 other students. I clung to my mom at orientation like a child hiding behind their mother’s skirt because I was terrified of the unknown. I did not know what to expect of college, the south or this new, and exciting experience. However, 106 days have now passed since that day, and I can now safely say I survived my first semester of college. This is due to many lessons I have been taught by The University of Mississippi which are reflected weekly in my commonplace book. Many of the posts follow themes of my learnings of discipline, perseverance, and commitment. All which will hold me in good stead as I move forward with my college experience.
When I first wandered onto this campus in August I assumed, like many other peers, that college meant freedom. Freedom to be who you are, freedom to stay out late, and do whatever I wanted to do. What I did not consider was the fact that I was here to learn. My parents were not dishing out 40,000 so that I could drink “black out buckets” all night at the Levee, and neglect my studies. Thankfully this realization came sooner rather than later, and I…

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