Freshman makes adjustments as October come to close

(Devon Nitz | The Oswegonian)
(Devon Nitz | The Oswegonian)

Well here we are, another month gone by here at Oswego State. If I thought that the first month of my freshmen year of college was an experience, my second month was a whole different thing. The second month of college, in my opinion, is a time where you really get to get a feel for your classes and see if your major is the right one for you. It is also a time to make important decisions and keep yourself healthy. Unfortunately, I had to learn that the hard way.

There are always rumors going around before you get to college that you will most likely get really sick. Since I didn’t get sick right away, I thought I was in the clear. It wasn’t until the second week of October that I started feeling under the weather. I went to Mary Walker and was told that I only had a cold, but that turned into me taking a visit to the ER and discovering that I had mono. One important thing that I learned this month is that it is really great to have friends that will constantly take care of you, regardless of if they get sick or not. That is the most important thing I think I have learned so far in college: the importance of friends that will help you no matter what because they care about you that much.

Another thing I learned in my second month of college was that getting used to college level classes is not easy. As a journalism major, I am taking a couple of media classes which involve being online a lot, writing several papers, and doing a lot of projects. As a freshman, all the work you are not used to can get really stressful. You never know how long it will take you to get used to college work, but you can always get help by going for tutoring, talking to your adviser, and taking the time to study. At one point, I was thinking about dropping out and going home. I thought I couldn’t handle it. However, I decided to stick it out and try and do my best, which is what every college student should do.

With all these things that have happened to me during the month of October, all I want to do is say farewell to October. It was a very stressful month, but I found ways to get through it. The hardest part of freshman year is over, from my point of view. Now that I know what college is really like, I can say goodbye to October and hello to November.