A few tips can help you get prepared for even the most difficult exams. If you’d like to learn more about the Learning Commons, check out this link: http://www.bgsu.edu/offices/learningcommons/.
I had a wide range of interests and I was completely clueless. The pressure freaked me out, and I avoided thinking about college completely.
The summer before my senior year, I considered photography, pharmacy, event planning, pediatrics and so many other things.
None of those ideas really stood out to me as what I would want to do for the rest of my life.
One day, while volunteering in my church nursery, someone told me I would be a great teacher. I thought about that for a moment and realized teaching is something I never considered.
Teaching runs in my family. My grandmother was a substitute teacher, my aunt is currently teaching, my cousin is studying special education and my mother works at a daycare.
I started working at my church nursery at around 12 years old, worked at a daycare for two summers and always helped with our Summer Youth Program.
I wondered why I didn’t think of teaching in the first place! I love working with children and helping them learn. Early Childhood Education sounded like the perfect major for me.
I felt such relief having a solid answer when everyone asked me what I would be studying. However, I got nervous when people started saying how often college students change majors.
I am not someone who likes uncertainty and hearing that made me start to doubt.
However, when I got to BGSU, I fell in love with everything about the education program.
My freshman year was focused on getting me into the classroom to make sure this was what I wanted to do, and taking BG perspective courses to expose me to other options.
I really enjoyed my marine biology class, as well as sociology, but nothing compared to my education classes.
BG does such a great job of giving students exposure to a variety of fields, to help them make the best decision in choosing a major.
Coming to college undecided is completely understandable. It’s a big decision to make, and it is OK not to know when you arrive freshman year.
College is a time to discover yourself, explore and try new things. Taking a variety of classes and getting involved on campus is a fantastic way to find your passion and decide what you want your major to be.
I made many mistakes my freshman year! The top three are:
1. Ordering books
2. Managing my meal plan
3. Overextending myself.
The first year of college is definitely a learning experience and everyone is different.
I am the oldest in my family so I had no siblings to help me figure out what to do or not do. Having to be independent and learn from my mistakes was a huge growing experience.
Ordering books was something I was definitely worried about. My freshman year, I ordered every book it looked like I would need.
Unfortunately, when I got to school and looked at my syllabi, I realized not every professor requires the book. Some did not use it at all!
I was so frustrated for wasting my time and money in searching for and buying these books. However, I learned from my mistakes, and now I check the syllabi to see if the book is required or recommended.
If I need it, I find the cheapest website to rent from. If the book is recommended but not required, I usually just borrow a friend’s if I need it to study.
Managing Falcon Dollars was trickier than I anticipated! Starbucks and Pinkberry got the best of me, and I was seriously struggling by the end of the semester.
Take into consideration the amount of Falcon Dollars/swipes you have in your meal plan, and plan the semester accordingly. It is not fun to be out of meal plan with three weeks left to go in the semester. Trust me, I know from experience.
The third mistake I would consider as significant is overextending myself. College in itself is a challenge, and as a freshman, it is a huge transition.
Taking classes, working, getting involved in organizations and making new friends is a lot to put on your plate. It is much better to ease into things and adjust to college life before committing to too many things.
Being involved is a wonderful thing! However, when you’re too involved, it gets difficult to do your best in everything you do.
College is a learning experience! We live and we learn, growing and maturing. Making mistakes is a part of life. We just have to make sure we learn from them.
There are all kinds of intramural sports at BGSU. Intramurals offer students a way to let off some steam after classes. To sign up, follow this link: http://www.bgsu.edu/offices/sa/recwell/intramurals/page32571.html
My freshman year I only knew a handful of people going to BG.
I wanted to room with someone who I did not already know, but I was definitely worried about living with a random.
Instead of relying on the survey you take when signing up for housing, I took matters into my own hands.
I went on Facebook, and began talking with girls who were also on the BGSU Class of 2015 page.
Facebook is a huge help in roommate situations! After many conversations with many different girls, I found one that seemed to be a good fit for me.
To make sure of this, we decided to have lunch while we were both visiting BG on Presidents Day. After hanging out with our parents, and shopping in the bookstore together, we decided we were the perfect fit.
The rest of the summer, we used Facebook to continue getting to know each other and plan who would bring what to the room.
The first few weeks were great, but BG was not the perfect fit for her. She ended up transferring, and I had a random roommate to fill her spot.
I was absolutely terrified when I found out that I would have to have a random roommate! However, she ended up being an even more fantastic roommate than my first.
We were great friends, talked about our days before we went to bed and hung out at least once a month. Other than that, we had our own friend groups and did our own thing.
My experience from roommates went from being great to absolutely wonderful.
However, that is not always the case.
Roommate issues are common and definitely healthy. It helps develop confrontational skills, compromise and communication skills. If this is a struggle, your RA would be more than willing to assist with mediating conflict. If you have an absolutely horrific experience, it is possible to change rooms.
I believe that learning to live with a roommate is an important aspect of college. It teaches you important skills that you don’t learn in the classroom.
On May 4 I’ll be graduating from the wonderful Bowling Green State University.
I’m getting out in four years, which is a pretty cool thing, according to my parents.
I’m very lucky because I already have a job lined up for after I graduate, so that takes a lot of pressure off me (which is extremely helpful).
But I can’t help but feel somber about the fact that I’m leaving this university where I’ve made so many great friends and have so many memories.
A lot of people told me that high school would be the best four years of my life. Now that I’ve had four years of college, I would have to disagree with them completely.
These past four years at BGSU have been the best years of my life so far! I have countless stories to tell (some of which I cannot share in this blog, ha!).
I have really enjoyed my college experience here at BGSU, and I am really going to miss everything about this college and this town!
I can still remember being a senior in high school and taking my very first tour at BGSU. I actually came here with a friend of mine who was interested in BG at that time.
After the tour, he said that he hated it and that there was no way he was coming to school here. I, however, absolutely loved it here!
There was something about BGSU that made me feel excited and I couldn’t wait to start my college career here!
There have been a lot of great times, and there have been a lot of bad times.
After going through all of my experiences here at BGSU, I have honestly grown as a person.
Looking back on when I was a freshman, I was really young and now I feel much older and much more mature.
I think the best part of my four years at BGSU is all of the friends I have made and the people I have met.
My first day here at BGSU, I knew one other person so I was terribly nervous about making new friends.
But just like everyone told me, I was myself and I made of ton of new friends and met a ton of people; all of which are going to help me in the future!
My advice to all the other students in college is to enjoy it here! This is going to be a great time in life, and don’t let it pass you by! Go out and meet people, and enjoy everything that BGSU has to offer. Because trust me, I have learned that it has a lot to offer! ROLL ALONG!
BGSU has two different radio programs. Here’s information about WFAL Falcon Radio and WBGU-FM. Visit falconradio.org for WFAL information. For WBGU-FM information, click here: http://wbgufm.com/want-to-be-a-dj.
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