Fall Semester Reflections — 2019
It’s my last Fall semester as an undergraduate student and it is truly blowing my mind. This is going to be a reflection on my semester. I’m feeling exceptionally reflective today so let’s see what I end up writing…
Every semester of college for me has been different. Every semester I learn something new and every semester goes by faster than the one before it. By now, I feel like I should be a wise saint of college advice, but to be honest, I still have so much to learn. Here are a couple of bullet points I jotted down at the end of the semester.
I’ve finally understood what kind of routine I like and what kind of routine I can stick with.
After 7 semesters of school, I can finally say that I have mastered the college routine. Yes, I wish this had happened sooner, but I’m glad I figured it out. More than a “college routine”, I think I’ve truly figured out what my working style is and what actually motivates me to do something.
College is ending pretty quickly and I sometimes feel like I don’t have enough time to do all the things I really want to do.
I feel like I’m not alone in this thought, because almost every single person I talk to who is graduating is mildly freaking out about this. I think I came to college with a lot of expectations of what I thought I was going to do. Then I actually came to college and those expectations changed. I had a year or so of freaking out about not knowing what I wanted to do, and now that I’ve kind of figured it out, I have a huge list of all the things I really want to do. But now, it feels like it’s too late. I think I’m going to try my best to do as much as I can, and accept the fact that I have a lot more time on this Earth to do all the things I want to do. College is only the beginning.
Reaching out to people, especially people I haven’t seen in a while can be kind of intimidating, but it is almost always worth it.
I’ve never been the best at reaching out to people I haven’t seen in a while, but I feel like I am getting a little bit better every time I do it. There are definitely texts I haven’t sent because I’m nervous what someone might think, but I feel like every one of the texts I do send ends up in a good conversation. In college, it is pretty easy to get comfortable with a group of people and forget about the rest of the world. When you do talk to the rest of the world, you realize how much people are doing and how wonderful those people are. This is something I want to continue doing in my spring semester, because I don’t have a lot of time to be in such close proximity to all of my friends.
The job search really has to be treated like its own class. It is a lot of work and a lot of rejections.
The job search. is. hard. I am so incredibly grateful for all of the job searches I’ve had to do in the past, because it made my full time job search a lot easier. However, it is still one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. The full time job search is essentially you staring at your laptop screen alone sending resumes into a void, hoping that one gets a response. Half the time the void doesn’t respond. The other half is mostly rejections, and a tiny little percent that might call you to get to know you a little bit better. I’ve learned that it is all worth it. It is worth putting in the time and effort to figure out what you are interested in. It is worth all of the rejections, and ultimately it can be very rewarding.
Professors are people too.
I’ve definitely always known this, but this was the first semester where it really hit me. After one very difficult group project, meeting with our professor gave us a chance to redeem ourselves and explain our project. For the first time in my life, I felt like a professor truly empathized with me and gave me the help I needed in a time when it was really necessary. I will forever appreciate this and would like to continue meeting more professors face to face.
I love writing, and writing every day has really helped me.
At the end of June, I decided that I would write one medium article a week. I felt like I had a lot of thoughts, and I really needed to get them out there. I’ve stuck to writing weekly and it has really helped me. I feel like I can better express my thoughts, and hold myself accountable for things I want to do. For the past two months, I’ve also been writing daily. Sometimes I just write a sentence, but it helps me figure out what actually happened in a day and what I felt. My mind feels clearer and I think I am happier. This is another thing I would like to continue doing in 2020.
I invite you to reflect on your fall semester, or 2019 as a whole. I think reflection is really important for growth. It is also just fun to look back on later in your life.