Reflective Essay On College Experience

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Many people come into college feeling unprepared, nervous, and unconfident, and while being convinced that I was indeed prepared, I couldn’t help but feel some of these stressful emotions. Over the past month and a half, I have adapted to my new environment that is Pacific Lutheran University (PLU), and feel much more sure of myself as I continue through this semester. I have learned about what skills and mindsets can lead to a successful college experience, such as hope, grit, and resilience. I have also been able to reflect on myself as a person, and identify strengths, values, and abilities I possess that I can use to my advantage. Finally, I have learned about different resources I have surrounding me, and different aspects of PLU that …show more content…
Overall, I feel more prepared and eager to face new rewarding challenges that lay in store over the next four years. Some of the first things I learned about at PLU were hope, grit, and resilience, thanks to the first assigned video in the Education 287 class. Not only will these values help me in the future, but they have helped me through my transition to being successful so far this semester. Coming into PLU, I believe I already had a high amount of hope. However, I’ve learned to better use my hope and to strengthen it even more. For example, one trick I learned to help strengthen it is to imagine the specific results of completing a goal, such as imagining the people who are going to be at my graduation. Before, when making goals, I just thought about the vague idea of completing the goal being rewarding, versus being specific and creating more motivation and hope …show more content…
For example, after taking the Strengthsquest, I found that I am good at communication and activation. Both of these I had a feeling that I was good at before, but I definitely did not have conscious knowledge of it. After I took the quiz, I realized myself using those strengths more and more. I feel that these will come in especially handy when doing group projects, because I possess those strengths, they will come in handy when working on group projects, and giving speeches especially. I can get groups started, plan meeting times, and other sorts of things that are oftentimes are slow to start. I can also help communicate ideas once projects are started, allowing me to better contribute and learn over the next four years. Being aware of these strengths has even gotten me to think about switching around my majors to be able to minor in communication, which I feel I would be good at. I have also been able to identify some of my core values while at PLU as well, such as optimism and creativity. Optimism I believe easily ties into hope, in that being optimistic that something will work can lead to strong hope that it will work. Being able to see the glass half full will help me because even if I reach challenges that I fail to meet, my optimism will help me think that there is still a high possibility of things going well, which once again

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