My first expectation coming to college was it was to be the best time of my life. I went to a high school where everyone knew everyone, in Anaheim Hills, California. I was used to seeing the same people over the years and now it has all changed. I left my comfort zone and flew across country to Boston, Massachusetts. The transition from a high school senior to a college freshman was different from what I was told. I came into college knowing no one and nothing about Boston. Throughout my first semester of college at MCPHS, I had to develop new study skills and learn how to be independent.
I also had to learn to cope with the distance away from home. In high school studying for me was reviewing my notes for an hour and possibly making flash cards. On the other hand, here I have had to study days in advance for exams. In addition to getting a decent grade, I have had to attend tutoring and skipping classes is not an option. During my high school courses, I could doze off in class and still manage an A. Even so, college requires me to stay focused and prioritize my time. The level of difficulty I have experienced in my college courses was a huge shock to me.
Getting along with my roommate and suitemates was also a new task, since I have never had to share a room with someone before. When I came to MCPHS, I was so worried that my roommate and I would not get along. Along with that, she was not going to be nice and would be a slob. After getting to know her, I realized that she and I are more similar than I expected. After coming to college, I realized how much responsibility one person has to have to live with roommates and be independent. Living with three people is difficult. You have to make sure to pick your fights.
You cannot argue about every disagreement you have. I have noticed this because we have learned to let go of some things that bother us. I went from having someone telling me what to do to recognizing things about myself that I have to fix. In high school if you missed a class, the teacher would tell you what you missed, but here you have to know for yourself. The professor is not responsible for telling you what to do. Here at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, I have a larger workload and less free time.
Also instead of having my groceries bought for me by my parents, I have to do it myself. In fact, I have had to learn to do simple tasks by myself. If I were to look back a year or two, I would not have imagined myself having the capability to live thousands of miles away from home and alone. College has changed my perspective on many things; I now realize what it takes to progress. During my time here, my memorization skills have improved. I have learned tactics to help me memorize quickly. In addition, I have learned to focus around large amounts of people and prioritize.
At MCPHS, prioritizing your work is necessary. Some assignments need little attention compared to others. Throughout my time here, I have gained the knowledge to choose what is more important to me. To keep my mind busy off the distance from home, I have involved myself in rushing for the Lambda Kappa Sigma fraternity. This has helped me socialize with upper classmen and from being home sick. My education plays a huge part in my life, but sometimes the desire for being in my cozy home in California overtakes everything. In order for me to stay focused, I keep myself busy with friends.
When I left California, I was worried that I would not be able to fit in and make my new group of friends. Since I was friends with people from back home ever since kindergarten, I thought I did not know how to make friends. I thought I would miss my home friends and want to go back. After moving here, I recognized that I have made a close-knit group of friends here, too. Some struggles I have had to cope with this past semester were getting along with all my roommates, managing my time, and setting my priorities. All my roommates are genuinely nice, but one of them has to be told what to do constantly.
She will not remove the trash unless she is told to do so. Apart from a few differences living with three people, we have built a strong bond between each other. While living with a few other people, managing time can get difficult. When you want to do homework, someone may be watching T. V, playing loud music, or even talking. With all these fun activities going around you, you get distracted. When you get distracted, you have set your priorities straight. My roommate is in the nursing program; her classes are all begin later.
She and I constantly plan “roomie bonding” days, but the times tend to clash with my class schedule. I have to ask myself repeatedly what is more important to me. My future goals are to improve my study habits and raise my GPA. In order for me to meet my goals, I will have to begin studying earlier and focus more on my weak points. I will need to differentiate from the materials I know most to least. This first semester of college has taught me what I need to work on and my strengths. If it were not for my big move from California to Boston, I would have never learned how to be independent.