I can’t believe I’ve already finished my first two semesters of university. They say that time flies when you’re having fun, and I truly was. I found joy in going to class every day, I found energy in being surrounded by my peers, and I found passion in opening my mind to learning new things.
Although for some people university can be an overwhelming and emotional experience (and it was for me at times as well), I found it to be a creative hub and a comfortable home. I loved the energy that came from a campus full of young, intelligent people, I loved the connections that could be made between teacher and student, and I loved the ever-present atmosphere of learning.
I think the reason that I enjoyed my first year of university so much was because I was doing something that I could put my heart into, something that I really loved. I crossed paths with many other students who were feeling burnt-out or lacking motivation to complete their school work, and, I won’t lie, I wasn’t always excited to write papers and complete assignment, but I couldn’t help but question what was different between myself and them? Why did they dread class, when that was the thing I looked forward to every day?
Amidst all the other things that I learned in my first year, my biggest takeaway is that in order to succeed, I have to love what I’m doing. For some people that might be different, they might find fulfillment in activities outside of academia, but, for me, I have to love being a Renaissance College student.
Hopefully in two short years, my love for what I’m learning will result in a fancy piece of paper, but even if it doesn’t, oh well, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there. What matters right now is that year-one is over, and I’m looking with eager excitement to year-two.