Four Weeks, Three Big Changes

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Happy Monday! I moved into my dorm four weeks from Sunday, which is pretty crazy to think about. I feel like my first month has gone by pretty quickly, and it’s weird to think about how much I’ve changed so far. The changes aren’t bad – I just never would have expected myself to be this way before I got here.

  1. I’m becoming a neat freak! I think this is mainly because I spend a lot more time in my dorm room than I ever did in my bedroom at home. Here, I can’t really avoid the mess, and because my room is so small, it sort of magnifies the problem. I find myself cleaning all the time, which I NEVER did before! And I feel antsy whenever I see things not in their places. The weird thing is that I’m only sensitive to my space. My roommate doesn’t always have her side of the room super clean and I’m oddly not bothered by it. At this point, I’m convinced I may have a heart attack the next time I see my room at home. I can’t remember exactly how I left it, but knowing how I was before I left, it probably won’t live up to my new standards.
  2. I like waking up early. This is another big shock to me. I have class at 8:30 everyday, and even on the weekends I wake up at a decent time. I feel like I’m able to be more productive when I get up earlier. I try to get a lot of my work done during the day so I have time to relax at night and not have to stress out about things. One thing I’ve noticed is that a lot of people like to sleep in on the weekends, so Saturday and Sunday mornings are the best times to do laundry.
  3. I’m not afraid to ask for help. I was always a little hesitant to ask for help in high school. However, college classes definitely go at a much quicker pace and I’ve realized that it’s really easy to fall behind. I’m not taking any chances! If I have a question, I make sure I clear it up fast! There are so many academic resources on campus; it’s silly not to take advantage of them. I’ve used the Math Lab a couple of times already for questions I have about my Calculus homework. It works out really well because I’m able to go at times that fit my schedule and the tutors are really helpful! I also like to go to office hours for my chemistry class for extra help and so I can get to know my professor. Asking for help doesn’t mean you’re dumb. It’s the SMART thing to do! At the end of the day, it can make a huge difference, especially when it comes to how well you do on an exam.

I have a very busy week ahead of me! I have my first chemistry exam on Thursday night, and a major paper to write for my rhetoric class. Hopefully all goes well!