Coltrane Leport - Hobart & William Smith College

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In all honesty, this first semester was rather hard for me. The biggest challenges I faced were living away from home and being put in charge of my own decisions, not having a parent or guardian to be there to provide assistance.

At the start of the semester, I was constantly afraid of oversleeping and missing my early classes. This was because I had classes at 10:10 AM and 8:30 AM, and there wasn’t anyone who could wake me up if I slept through my alarm. While I did learn that I wouldn’t sleep past 6:00 AM on weekdays, there was always the fear that it could happen. I also found that managing my own time is easier said than done when no one is there to provide assistance. I would sometimes sit down to talk with a friend or go hang out in the library, then check the time and learn it was midnight.

Those challenges made it much harder in the beginning of the semester, but as I continued onwards, I did learn what I should do. While it seems obvious, a routine is very important. For example, I later would wake up at 6:00 AM, take a shower, go get dressed, and either relax or go over any work that was due later that day before going to breakfast at 8:00 AM. By sticking to this routine, I would start out the day awake, energized and prepared. I also learned that sometimes, even if it is embarrassing, that it’s okay to ask for help. I made the mistake of not asking for help, but I later learned that on campus, there are professors that wanted to help. This first semester was difficult, but now that I’ve adjusted, the hardest challenges are behind me.