Sunday, September 2, 2018

First Two Weeks

I just finished my first two weeks of school and they just flew by! I still can't believe how fast this semester is going. It has been such a great experience, and I wanted to share some thoughts on going back to school after graduating from college 14 years ago.

I placed into College Algebra with a very high score in both Elementary Algebra and College Math, so I was pretty disappointed with how overwhelmed I started to feel in College Algebra the second week of school. I was studying 30+ hours for this class, but I felt like I was drowning. There were a million formulas I had to memorize like, yesterday. The professor was going through everything much faster that I could keep up with. I knew I needed to do really well in this class, but I realized that I wasn't as prepared as I had thought (or as prepared as the Accuplacer thought). DARN IT. I don't want to barely pass anything so I decided to drop the class and take Intermediate Algebra first so I can do well in College Algebra. Unfortunately, after dropping College Algebra 1.5 weeks into the semester there were no open classes for Intermediate Algebra. So...I ended up adding Introduction to Philosophy since I need to take that eventually anyway.

Why do I mention this? I want to be honest in my journey to becoming a Pharmacist. I don't want to only share the good moments here. I'll be taking Intermediate Algebra next semester, and the silver lining to having to take more time to complete my prerequisites is that I have received the gift of TIME. I am in the perfect place to take all of the classes I didn't take in high school, and that makes me so ridiculously happy!

Some of my favorite things about college?

Learning - I'm learning something new in all of my classes and I love that.

Students - I thought I wouldn't fit in because I'm so much older than most of the students, but no one cares or notices at all. I'm really in awe of how smart these kids are and how big their dreams are. I've met students who already plan to get their Ph.D., and I'm just so impressed with that.

Professors - I don't have a bad one in the bunch. Each of them are so knowledgeable in their field, and I learn something interesting from each one in every class.

Campus - I LOVE the UNM campus. It's so large and sprawling that most of the students end up parking in satellite lots and taking a shuttle in. There are big trees and tons of flowers, cacti, and grassy areas. Landscaping is pretty uncommon here in New Mexico, so it really feels like a world of it's own. When I have a few minutes I like to go to the duck pond or the park where they always have something interesting going on like a Mariachi Band or singers or a violinist performing.

Each day when I step onto campus I always feel like the air is just full of possibility, and I'm one step closer to achieving my dream. College has been such a gift to me, and every single day I am so grateful that I get to do this.

"She was never quite ready. But she was brave. And the universe listens to brave." - Rebecca Ray

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