It’s hard to believe that finals are over, which means my freshman year is officially done! Looking back, it seems like it all passed by so quickly. I learned a lot of things this year, from life lessons to physics to ways to find excuses to procrastinate and more! Out of the seemingly countless things I learned this year, I thought I’d share a few of them.
1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
Up until college, school came very naturally to me and I rarely had to ask for help. At Mines, though, things changed. Asking for help became the norm for me, and the more I embraced that, the easier it was for me to finish my homework and the less frustrated with myself I was. Mines is a difficult school, so don’t make it harder on yourself by not asking for help! The professors and TA’s are all extremely helpful and will do their best to help you.
2. Get out and have some fun!
Sure, Mines requires a lot of studying. But if all I ever did was study, I know I’d probably go crazy! Golden is so close to both Denver and nature at the same time, so whether you like hiking, shopping, going to movies, or more, there’s certainly time for that, and you deserve that time with all the work you put in!
3. Don’t procrastinate.
Ah, procrastination. I was a professional procrastinator in high school, able to write a paper in one night with no problem or cram for a test in a few hours and to get an A on it just as easily. At Mines, it’s a different story. A lot more is expected of you, and while the workload is definitely doable, it also requires a lot more planning. If you plan ahead and start studying in advance, it’s really quite plausible for you to both achieve good grades as well as to have time for fun!
4. Try new things!
I’ve got to say, I’ve had a lot of new experiences during this year alone. To celebrate the fact that finals were over, some friends and I went to a Rockies game, and it was my first baseball game! I also saw my first hockey game and enjoyed it immensely. Between those, sunrise hikes, movie premieres, and more, it’s definitely been a year of firsts. So don’t be afraid to try new things- you’ll gain awesome stories to tell as well as pretty awesome experiences!
5. Believe in yourself.
Mines is a challenging school, as many people know. So when you do poorly on a test (it happens to most everyone at one time or another), it’s easy to get frustrated with yourself or to lose confidence. If you got into college, you certainly have the power to make it through! One bad test won’t kill your grades. You have to know you can do it and to believe that you can, and that will certainly give you confidence. And when I know I can do something, it’s a lot easier for me to do so than if I’m uncertain of my capabilities. So just believe in yourself, work hard, and you’ll make it through!
Now that my freshman year is officially done, and I’m sitting in the Denver airport waiting to go home, I still can’t really believe it’s over. Between sorority events, events with my floor, and all the crazy adventures and laughs I’ve had, I can’t wait to see what next year brings!