by Julia Borst
The first week of classes (and almost the second week too! Where does the time go??), and I think I am just starting to get in the swing of things. Oh, sure, there was that one assignment in that one class that made me freak out, but other than that, I'd say that the week went pretty well.
What classes do you think you'll love?
I'm starting to get a feel for my classes and professors, and while I've only had my classes a few times each (or even less than that), I think I've got a good idea of which classes I'm going to enjoy most. My English class, for example, seems to be discussion-oriented, and I absolutely LOVE those types of classes, so I think I'm really going to like this one. In fact, I already do.
What classes are you worried about?
Some of my classes I'm not really worried about at all. I mean, yes, there is work I have to do for them and I'll have to stay on top of it, but I am confident I'll be able to do so.
There are other classes, however, I do worry about. I'm worried about my Spanish class because I'm the only freshman and it's an advanced class. I feel like I'm prepared for the class, and I think I'm capable of handling whatever my professor throws at me, but it's kind of a daunting task -- I wonder if I'll be able to do everything the upperclassmen can do and if I will keep up.
The only other class I'm kind of worried about is public speaking. I'm not worried about the work load, but I don't really like public speaking. Naturally, it's something that causes me a bit of worry.
What words would you use to describe AC?
Driven, welcoming and fun. AC knows how to combine work with fun and it knows how to make students feel welcome on campus.
You've been here for a while...what questions do you have?
It's pretty easy to find any answers to questions you may have, but if I had any questions so far about AC, I think they would mostly be about campus life. How can I get involved with a volunteering group? How can i get in contact with people who are of the same religion as me so that I can find someone to go to church with? Is there going to be a day when we get to see all of the different clubs and organizations on campus?
How would you describe college life?
College is often referred to as "the best four years of your life." I can't count how manytimes someone has said that to me. Now that I've been here for a couple weeks, I have to say that the description is true -- with a couple of caveats.
College definitely has the potential to be the best four years of your life -- there's no questioning that. But in order for your years here to really be the best, you have to make them be the best. You can't just sit around and wait for life to present itself on a silver platter. You have to grab it. If you spend your college years doing your homework and studying with the occasional night out, you're probably going to get tired of it pretty quickly. You have to learn how to mix the fun with the work. Join a couple of clubs/organizations that won't conflict with your classes! Get involved! If you do this, you'll have something to look forward to. Hopefully you will like your classes, but you want something stress-free that you can enjoy. For it to be the best four years, there has to be a balance.
I have met a lot of new people in the past two weeks and I honestly think that all of them are great. AC has great people, great programs and great entertainment (like the hypnotist during Welcome Week!).
I think if I can follow my own advice, my years at AC will be the best four years of my life.