Ah, it’s over. It’s aaalll over.
What a strange feeling it was to have over the holidays. The feeling that you don’t have to do anything. No homework, no assignments, no studying. Just whatever you feel like doing. It honestly felt as though I wasn’t being productive enough and I that I should have gone to review my notes or finish an assignment. Instead I watched movies all day, played a new game that I got, Starbound, and went skating. What a great ending to a fun term. Don’t get me wrong, it was super tough, but in the end it was very satisfying when I finished all of my exams and didn’t have to worry about it anymore.
The first term of university was amazing. Frustrating and stressful at times, but still a really great experience that I do not regret even one bit. You know how as the years go on, it seems as though the semesters/terms/years go on it just goes by quicker and quicker? Well 1A felt as if only one month passed as opposed to four, and in that time they crammed so much more material than I was expecting. It’s quite a leap from high school to university. High school students need to realize that it won’t be easy. It may not even be at fun at times when stressful situations arise and deadlines are to be met. But if you truly are interested in the topic that you are studying, then in the end it’ll feel worth it.
I think the thing I liked least that I’ve encountered was the classmates who were always so negative about everything. The ones who blamed the profs, who got angry when the TAs weren’t marking fast enough, that the midterms were too hard, etc. I definitely was not confident in my marks either just like most of my other classmates, but keeping a positive attitude is important. University definitely is what you make of it, nobody is going to hold your hand through it and make it easier for you. You need to work a bit to keep a positive attitude.
If you go into university and you’re used to acing everything in high school, it will be a big shot to your ego. You WILL feel as if you have failed, even multiple times throughout the term. You WILL be severely disappointing at times when you realize that you’re not getting the marks that you have been getting before. But the thing you need to remember is that you’re surrounded by other smart people who are just as in shock about their marks as you are, and all you really need to do your best relative to others. The grades you get in university don’t reflect your understanding or “smartness” in the same way that they did in high school.
Just remember: Try your hardest, don’t give up on the first sign of not doing as well as you’d hope. Keep going and don’t get discouraged, but mainly have as much fun as you can! You’re in your program (hopefully) because you’re interested in that topic. Enjoy it!
1A Computer Engineering
University of Waterloo