Photo: Yes, Homework is a Part of College!!

Yes, Homework is a Part of College!!

First-Year Reflections


Thursday, January 18, 2018

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Freshman year of college is weird, especially the first couple weeks. You start off with orientation that makes you feel like you’re at a church camp and then the first day of classes suddenly start and WHAM! Calculus 1 slaps you in the face. Well, at least that’s how it was for me. Orientation was a great experience for me. I loved getting to know people and making a lot of my friends, but it did not prep me for when real college life started. As an Engineering major, I knew I was going to have it tougher than most students, but I wasn’t ready for all that was in store for me.

It was nice that the first week of classes was only three days, so I had a weekend to help me catch up on my sudden load of homework. Older kids talked about having syllabus shock the first couple days of school, but personally I had homework shock. I was so used to public high school starting out with some days to settle back into the groove of school, but college is unforgiving, especially every class related to engineering. I was fortunate enough to have some decent amount of open time during each day that I could set aside for working on my homework. The first thing I learned with my homework is that distractions are everywhere. Don’t study in your dorm if at all possible, every fifteen seconds I was distracted by something. So, naturally, I went to the great study area provided by the honors college.

Now, studying and working on homework takes a lot of concentration. It was so easy for me to start by setting goals like “finish these two calculus questions, then check phone for 5 minutes.” Yeah, that didn’t work very well. I quickly re-strategized and came up with the plan that probably would mortify most high schoolers. I turned my phone on silent and set it about 10 feet away from me. I then sat down and worked through each assignment, not starting the next until the one I was on was finished. I finished all my homework in about an hour and a half. I’ve stuck with this strategy, and I hardly ever have to stay up late doing my homework.

When the first full week of classes started I had a hard time keeping up with the work. I was constantly feeling overloaded. The problem was I wasn’t taking it one step at a time. Time management is extremely hard as a college student, but my second week of classes has been fantastic! I hardly stress over homework, and I feel like I have a rhythm that could last all semester. One of the best decisions I’ve made is that, if I can, I try to take just a little bit of time during the day to relax. Amid all the stress of classes, just 5-10 minutes of relaxation helps me refocus and hone in on the tasks that I need to complete. I am excited to see what the rest of the semester has in store for me, and I am ready to face the challenges that come my way.

Blog HomePosted By: Josiah Heikes - 1/18/18 10:00 AM



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