Victoria     Featured     Collaborate     Disclosure     Contact   Study Abroad                

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The First Semester

It's pretty crazy to think that my first semester of college has already come and gone.

It wasn't the easiest semester. I'm going to be honest, even though it may be dorky - this semester was very, very difficult, for several reasons. The first of which was being thrown into a whole new environment. No family, no prior friends. I had always gone to school with people I knew. I went through life with pretty much the same group of people from preschool through high school, so going somewhere where I didn't know a single person was terrifying. However, I will say that it has been nice to know that no one gives a crap about how nerdy you were in high school. They don't know you, you don't know them - you can be anybody. In turn, that also comes with uncertainty - who are you going to be friends with?! Luckily, joining a sorority and being on a team helped with that.

School was also more challenging. I expected this, but as I was struggling through computer science, it really hit me how much harder school was going to be from now on. One of the main reasons I wanted to go to a small school was so that I could have a relationship with my professors. I wanted to feel comfortable enough to go and get help from them, and as the semester went on, that certainly happened. Moral of the story - small schools rock.

In terms of swimming, I have found this to be the most difficult part of my new life at Rhodes. Again with the blatant honesty - college athletics are NOT high school. I don't know what I was expecting, but college swimming was more or less the opposite. And it put me in a very bad mood. I'm not one of those people who does well when things don't go to plan. I mean, hello, have you seen the amount of planners I have? (For the record, I have 3...) Whatever went wrong between expectations and reality made me really resent the program. It made me unhappy with my coach because I felt like he lied to me, and it frustrated me because I felt trapped by my swimming schedule - practice here, a meet this weekend, a team function then too, you get the idea. It's a really, really, busy lifestyle. In addition to this, my shoulders have flared up again too. I promised my family that if they got really bad again, that this was the last time, and that my swimming career would be over. My doctors have told me to quit 4 times now, and for those of you who have endured a sports injury, it can be rather grueling.

When I do have some free time, I get to go to KD events. I've really enjoyed being a member of a sorority so far. I was so anxious during rush because I knew how badly I wanted KD and was terrified I wouldn't get in! I'm also grateful that we don't haze. I know a lot of bigger schools have serious hazing issues, and I am so glad that I don't have to endure humiliating or scary tasks just to prove I belong somewhere. I'm really hoping to get more involved after the swim season ends!

Last but not least, blogging has had its fair share of ups and downs this semester too. There were days, especially at the start of the semester, where I really questioned why I blog. It was taking up a lot of time, time that I didn't have, and I found myself really stumped to come up with creative content. After fall break, I got to reset a little - our practice schedule changed and it made life so much better. My grades improved and so did my overall happiness. Life wasn't quite as stressful and I was finally able to get my life together.

All in all, I'd say this first semester was a bunch of trial-and-error. I learned just how little sleep I can survive on, how much I need coffee, how much my shoulder can take in the pool, and what I need to remain sane. It's been a big "me" semester, and I'm looking forward to seeing what I can do now that I'm a little more settled in.

PS - don't forget to enter! The giveaway ends Monday the 29th.
 a Rafflecopter giveaway

xx, Victoria

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thoughts? I want to read them!
xx, Victoria