There should always be time in your life to evaluate yourself. It is time to evaluate myself, as I get ready to graduate and finish College. For many, College is the period in their lives where they change the most and discover themselves. The people you meet, and the professors you take lead you through a learning experience like no other. For me personally, College has had a profound impact on me, but not to the extreme measures of a life changing experience.
To fully examine my growth through college, it’s only fitting to retrace my steps and look at the reasons why I came to college in the first place. I decided to come to college because it was to me personally, the best way to be ensured I will get a successful job in the future. College is the building block that helps you become prepared for the real world. After high school, we remain under developed, and immature, without the knowledge a young adult has in order to survive on their own. That is what College is for; to make that transition. I was expecting College in Whitewater to be very welcoming, and not too overwhelming, due to the size of the city. I felt choosing a division 3 school like Whitewater was a safer bet than Madison, which would be very overwhelming. I also felt with big lecture halls, it’s hard to make the necessary connections with students and teachers.
After surviving Whitewater, my expectations for the most part lived up to being true. Whitewater is a very welcoming community, making it easy to make close relationships. Even though you don’t know everyone, you feel like you’re a part of a family. One expectation that didn’t live up unfortunately was the eating facilities. I expected the food to be way more up to par than what it turned out to be. I never got excited to eat at the dining halls when I lived in the dorms. The hype surrounding college eating facilities was high for me, considering the quality of high school food. But other than UNO’S, I was underwhelmed by the choices of food on campus. Regarding the lectures, I was satisfied for the most part with my professors. They were all very knowledgeable about their studies. The communication barrier between a few professors was muddled simply due to their foreign accents, but that is a part of the growing up process. You have to adjust to that kind of learning environment where you have to communicate with all walks of life.
After a year or so, I found so much appreciation for the profession of Journalism, finding myself being immersed in this world. I would still like to take my Journalism major and incorporate it with film somehow. But I’ve also enjoyed learning how to write news stories, covering a variety of topics. It also made me aware of the impact of social media and how I can use those outlets to further my career in whatever field I choose.
Overall the biggest change that College has given me is the development of my personality. I have become way more personal with my relationships. Ever since grade school, I recognized I was always a shy individual, and still remain so. But my personal connections with people have grown. I try to take more time to talk with people, and come off as more of an insightful individual interested in their lives. In the past, I’ve also noticed I’m not easily approachable, simply because I rarely ever smile and never carry myself with tons of energy. That can be disarming for people want to get to know you. I learned that the most important character trait you should develop in order to be noticed by people is to always have a positive outlook on life. It may sound cliché, but if you can show your personable side, and force yourself to be engaging with others, you will gain more relationships. I will always be an introvert and enjoy my alone time on occasion, but in order to get your name out there in order to reach your goals, its critical to connect with as my people as possible. The more people you connect with in your field of work, the higher of a percentage you will get a good paying job.
As I say said earlier, College was a great learning experience for me personally, but I’m still insecure about my future. I know something eventually will come around my corner, but right now, I’m nervous to get my feet wet. College didn’t give me a concrete answer of what I want to do with the rest of my life. But it gave me a platform to feel confident enough to start hunting for opportunities. There is a lot of second guessing that I do with myself on a daily basis. The biggest question is whether or not I made the right decision with my major, and chose the right school to attend for College. If I would’ve started all over, I would try even harder to associate myself with the campus. I would start way earlier to explore job opportunities and internships. I would basically do everything with more of a competitive nature. But all in all I am satisfied with my Journey through college. I feel confident that I made the right choices, and am very anxious to get on with my future.