Goal is getting back on track

It’s my second and final year here at Minneapolis Community and Technical College which means I’ll be graduating this spring and moving on to hopefully a 4-year college. However, judging from how I’ve been doing lately will I be able to graduate? So far I’m struggling a bit in a few of my classes where it has gotten me off track. Either sometimes I get confused because there are so much overwhelming instructions for homework assignments, or the fact that the deadlines are shorter for homework assignments that usually take longer than a couple of weeks. I would sometimes take a break to let my brain breathe and process the information I’ve read about, but sometimes taking too much breaks has often got me off track instead of prioritizing my time.

I’ve been overwhelming myself with a lot of tasks where I forget to look at my class’ schedules for due dates, and one of my classes we had a test this past Monday where I forgot to look at the schedule as things went south. I did try my best to answer the questions at the best of my ability even if I didn’t remember a few concepts. Now since that’s out of the way I can become more constructive and aware of what I have to do to excel in all of my classes as there is plenty of time remaining in the semester to get back on track.

I’m going to talk about my introductory computer programming class because this class is the class I’m struggling in the most early. I’ve been meeting with my instructor where I’ve been asking questions and getting help, but my execution hasn’t been there on my first homework assignment along with my understanding where things could’ve been better. In result, I got a 56% on my first homework assignment along with me getting a 65% on my first quiz. I’ll admit I did feel a little discourage, but at the same time I knew that I’m capable of doing anything I set my mind to. So I shook off this first assignment and quiz. The second homework assignment was a little more complicated than the first one as the assignments will get more complicated as the semester progresses.

While this occurred I asked for more help. My professor is a nice and genuine teacher who will do anything to help me out, but it’s also my job to make sure I execute what my professor has taught me. I found myself going to my professor’s office hours too much as I could sense a little irritation, and in myself as well. So I started to read my textbook that is really benefiting me now and I’m getting better at writing programs, and learning a lot more. On my second quiz I got a 95%. So there are things to still hope for this semester. 

I’ve been trying to prioritize my time better, and my brain is also getting me back into that focused mindset. I can really see that things will get more complicated, but I really need to try better to take care of myself and stop trying to do everything all at once because it’s pretty impossible. No one’s perfect, and it’s fine to make mistakes. There’s nothing with starting with a bit a time, and also taking advantage of the available resources that’s been provided from my classes. All-in-all, I think I’ll be alright.

 

Trying to make it

My first year of college is winding down as I’ve encountered new experiences and of course tons of obstacles. College can be a once in a lifetime experiences as you go through growing pains and significant changes within yourself as a person. I can just say that when this first year ends, I can truly be relieved! My first semester was the beginning of my experience as things went pretty well. However, my second semester has been pretty tough to the point that I had a nervous breakdown. Trying to balancing school out along with other things such as taking care of your grandmother, dealing with grief,  and dealing with emotional distress and mental imbalance. These factors have been really a burden on my shoulders to the point where I feel empty. As these things have affected me, my grades have slipped a bit. But with finally talking about what’s going on with me such as talking with family members, therapists, and school counselors, I truly believe that I can still make it our of my first year of college from my determination.

Schoolwork and exams have been really though for me because they’ve been coming left and right for the majority. It gets pretty frustrating because my grandmother needs me every single second of the day. It’s been very tough since my grandfather passed because my grandmother will need me to be with her to the point that I can’t do homework until later. The serious problem is when I don’t have time to cook myself anything to eat where I sometimes like to snack on food. Since I’ve been entirely stressed it’s caused me to gain some weight and my hair to break out. Everyday would be a very depressing day because sometimes I can’t figure out what’s wrong with me. I would try to suck it up and try my best to do my work, but it seems that my energy and confidence would run out. It took me a while to tell everybody about what’s going on with me before things got worse. Frankly, I feel a lot better after I talked about it.

I went to visit my advisor after I told my 2nd semester English teacher what’s going on with me mentally and academically. She made the appointment for me which I appreciated. My mother also made me a doctor’s appointment. Anyway when I visited my advisor I had to tell her how I really feel and how I’m trying to cope with my problems. Everything was hard to get out, but at the end of the day I’m happy that I did speak. My advisor was really supportive and was very encouraging at the same time. Since I have a few weeks remaining in the school year she tried her best to persuade me to not give up and make myself proud, and also my family. She did persuade me and she also told me that I can come by her office if I still feel distressed.

After the talk I had with my advisor, I seriously feel rejuvenated and back to my old self. I’m getting more sleep at night, and I’m trying the best I can to let my grandmother know that I have to attend to my schoolwork. Getting on a healthy diet is helping me to gain my endurance level back. I feel confident that I’m going to make it. Even if everything’s not like they used to be, I just want to take care of myself first! I just try to make a better life for myself and my healthy especially.

College life is alright!

I’m in the middle of my 2nd college semester, and already I feel different. Since college is a higher level learning facility than high school I was pretty intimidated about going to college since it was coming by so fast while I was in high school. I gotta say college isn’t as bad as people might think it is. Actually, the experience is going quite well for me. I’m more comfortable navigating through campus and talking to advisors about my problems.

Another thing that’s great to the college life is that you’re basically your “own boss” because you get to choose how many hours of classes they want to take, or what day they would want to take them. In high school there was a lot of demands, but in college you earn the right to freedom but with responsibility. Even if I have all the freedom in the world I still choose to attend class and manage to show up everyday.

Homework and assignments are not generally hard to do if you put your time into it because college is time-consuming even though it’s worth it in the end when it’s time to take an exam. I generally spend more than 6 hours on homework or studying. In my chemistry class I passed my first exam getting a pretty good grade, and I earned it thanks to self-discipline studying and being a quick learner. Not everyone learns at the same speed, but if you take the time and find a studying technique than studying will become useful.

It’s also useful to be in classes with people who are old enough to be your parents because you can learn from them. In my english class there’s this one woman named Terese, Tess for short, and already we are good friends along with some other older adults. She’s also a mother who can also be one in the classroom. When I was sick one day she would tell me to take some Dayquil and tell me to get some rest. Even though I took my own cold medicine and went to sleep it’s good to have a parent figure around.

The college life is also better for me because I can have a balanced and good breakfast this 2nd semester opposed to my 1st semester since I would eat cookies, drink soda, and eat other junk food to start my day. This semester in the morning I make myself a bagel breakfast sandwich with some orange juice which is very nutritious. I’m able to focus a lot better and be energized. Not to mention that I get more sleep this semester too.

My first year of college is finishing pretty fast, and already high school is becoming a distant memory. The adaption had been big and life learning. This experience will prepare me when I get older and start to do work, internships, etc. If you’re a soon to become Class of 2016 graduate worrying about college then don’t stress yourself about college because it’ll be the best experience that you will ever endure. I assure you.

December Blog: 1st College Semester Over!

My first college semester is over where I’ve enjoyed a much needed break. There were some roller coasters during the semester, but at the end of the day I passes all of my courses that I’m ready to face more challenges. I really thought that everything was going to be difficult, and trust me it will be once I get deeper into my college experience. However, nothing’s too hard if you work hard and smart. That’s what I plan to do next semester. To work smarter by seeking more help from available resources because I know the type of courses I’ll be taking will be difficult.

I’ve had a good time this first semester where I got to learn more about myself from doing a lot of assignments. I learned that I can make it in this world if I stay consistent. I would always go the MCTC Library to relax my brain while I do one assignment at a time. It seemed that the more organized and steady work I did the better results I got opposing to doing everything all at once. Taking my finals weren’t really a huge concern because I organized my study sessions where I was able to cover everything to get prepared. More importantly I believed in myself.

I knew I tend to get into habits as I study because hard work isn’t going to be completed in one attempt. It took me several times to actually get what I’m working on that I kept practicing my brain to the point where studying got more easier. It’s definitely not easy, but the more you do the less stressed you’ll be. People say that working alone isn’t always good, but it’s a great benefactor that people should try because there’s more focus so the brain can perform one task for success.

College is basically the best time to learn due to the fact that no one cares if you fail. It doesn’t matter if you take different types of classes. College is the time where it’s good to be different because you never know if you’re going to expect which is a good thing. I also realized that the decisions you make do have a greater impact for the rest of your life. I believe the decisions I made based on my studying did impact my life where I should expect my studying skills to get better.

 

November Blog: Health Is Important

The month of December has reached its peak as my first college semester will soon end. There’s been a lot of interesting things that have happened to me in this first semester but I want to share the most important thing and that is health and sleep. Having a good night’s rest while eating a good source of good is the recipe to learning better and success. Though I’m doing quite well in my first semester I find myself tired, hungry, and at times having migraines. In this blog I’ll be talking about the situations towards my unhealthy 1st semester, and the solutions for a better 2nd semester and a better life beyond college.
The days where I have the worst times are Mondays and Wednesdays. The reason why these days are my worst days is because I always have to wake up at 6am where I have to get ready and leave at 6:30am to catch the bus at 6:51. My class starts at 8:00 where I’m already fatigue even if I eat something before I get to MCTC. This is an unhealthy habit that’s been going on with me ever since the semester started. In the mornings I would go to Super America to get some cookies and a soda can to go along with it. I know it’s unhealthy to begin with but the main reason why I buy them is because they are cheap. Budgeting in college is sure a hard thing to do and I’m trying my best I can to save. I know I’m consuming a lot of sugar with the cookies and soda as it creates a cause towards fatigue. Things get worse when I have to stay at school to attend my 2:30 math class since it ends at 4:45. In between my English and Math class I get to study, do homework, or get something to eat. However, I have so little money where most of my lunch comes from the vending machine which is also another unhealthy source. I either eat chips or candy. When I’m in Math class I just want the clock to go faster so I can go home and eat a real meal! This habit is kind of leading to depression and stress.
I’ve been looking for plenty of solutions, but it’s been pretty difficult. The solutions I scope are fixing my breakfast and lunch before I go to bed, getting my homework done immediately so I can make time to go to sleep, and more importantly making better food choices. I plan to find any leftovers in the fridge and fix it together so it can be ready for tomorrow that I don’t have to be rushing in the mornings. I know I wake up at 6am on Mondays and Wednesdays but it seems that I need to find a way to get my homework done quicker. I plan to go to the Library more often so I can have piece and quiet to complete my work without distractions. I plan to go on a nutritional diet as well so I can get the proper nutrients and not eat junk food for breakfast. If I follow these solutions I can have a better 2nd semester.
College is a great experience for any young adult to endure, but follow a healthy nutritional diet is the key to being active on a daily basis. And most importantly, you won’t get sick!

October Blog

The first semester is quickly winding down as I’ve realized there’s more opportunities waiting for me to pursuit them. I never knew that there could be more things that I can actually find myself thriving in. I’m of course talking about my major. There’s been representatives from Career Services at MCTC informing me about the great opportunities and assistance you can get from enrolling yourself into Career Services where you can talk about the type of majors you’re interested in. There’s majors I have an interest in such as medicine, mathematics, and even business. However, I’ve strongly opened my heart to computer science.

To be completely honest, I have no clue why I wanted to gain my interest in computer science. I have always thought it was a pretty good occupation to be in, yet I really wanted nothing to do with it. Coming to college has really made me become more open-minded and aware of the different varieties in business. I find it quite fun and astonishing. Since technology is increasing in society, computing is actually part of everything we do! Whether it involves watching a movie, TV, driving, or playing video games. Understanding different elements of computing is necessary for the 21st century.

The more I’m learning about computer science from talking to advisers and doing research, this may be the first time I’ve had an interest in science! Some details about computer science in general is that it’s disciplinary involving problem solving skills and practice. Also computer scientists must have hands-on experience. It’s good that this major requires communication skills since that’s a weakness for me. Luckily there’s a lot of mathematical skills and thinking. At the University of Minnesota I’ve read that the U has a very great computer science program as the student rate is skyrocketing. An impressive stat is that the U of M’s Science and Engineering department has received more than $35 million in new research funding, which was very intriguing.

The things that really excite me about this major is that there’s project work groups to better your communication, designing, team working, and management skills. So there’s flexibility within the computer science field. Then there’s also the fact that mentors really prepare students for competitive career positions, and academic positions. I’ve always would want to face a challenge. Every major program at any college would want to admit an incoming student who genuinely wants to attend a particular program. Furthermore, there’s software development and engineering that also requires vigorous mental skills.
Computer science is one of the fields where it’s basically impossible to predict the next outcome.

This is the reason we can’t begin to visualize the ways you can contribute to the world and make your life’s work exciting and concrete!

What I’ve learned in my classes so far in college

So far at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, I’ve managed to stay in the zone. Unlike high school, college gives you an opportunity to feel independent where you can feel some freedom away from your parents, until you need money. There’s more responsibility for yourself, which makes college more challenging so you can become more proactive. MCTC has opened doors for me where I feel confident due to supportive resources such as my professors, who’ve expected highly of me each day, and learning to be more methodical when homework is given immediately. The things I’ve liked and learned in my classes so far are that my professors are indeed approachable, and learning that homework shouldn’t be placed aside despite having a flexible weekly schedule.

I was feeling tense before starting college due to some stories I’ve heard about professors; but in reality they’re just mentors who want you to succeed. Usually I’m close-minded when it comes to intimidating instructors. I would rather do things on my own than seeking help. Then there’s the fact that I’m naturally shy. During my first week of college, the professors I have are very enthusiastic, and show passion where they encourage students to learn. For instance, my Algebra Professor, who’s name is Liu Lianfang, does a lot to make sure we get the content she’s teaching. She would go over anything we would need help with in detail. Also we have this class page called MyMathLab, from Pearson, where we can get additional help from instructor videos and use PowerPoint’s. Though there’s many sources involving my Algebra class website I still manage to meet with my Professor at her office hour so I can get the chance to know her more, and get some help on a couple of things the videos don’t cover. She was willing to help me anyway she can. I also asked more questions from the textbook where we really got to know each other. I was very happy when I met with her because we had a test later the 3rd week of school where I scored a 92% on my test, which was the highest in the class. After knowing my Professor, I don’t have any fears visiting my professors during their office hours.

College homework has been very thorough where I have provided a lot of time for myself to complete it. Getting a good grade might seem simple, but it really depends on how well you do your homework and assignments. Knowledge is power. I always go to the MCTC Library to finish up any assignments, and read my textbooks or review any handouts for lectures. It’s very refreshing that I learn so much when I start on my assignments sooner rather than later since I’m able to understand what my professors are talking about in lectures. I’ve been placing my brain into practice where I’m more open-minded, and participate in class. I’ve been avoiding the dangers of skipping homework since it’ll place me into a bad position. So far I’m passing all of my classes.

College has been insightful and great. I’ve learned a lot more about myself where I’m more driven. This is just the beginning. I’m really starting to think about my future in the business world where I’m on the lookout for role models and always being more open to my professors. During high school I really thought that I was stressed, until I came to college. I’ve learned to manage my stress by taking advantage of the times I don’t have class so I can do homework where doing it at home won’t be so difficult. Hopefully I’ll maintain my current pace since I’m entering the middle of the semester where things will get harder.