Chapter 5

In this chapter I learned the importance of setting goals before you go out and do something new. Coming to GSU was something that happened out of nowhere. I was originally supposed to be going to University of Alabama, but things fell through so when I found out I was going to be attending GSU my mom and I ran through some goals that would allow me to succeed at GSU. My mom told me to write my goals down in the ‘notes’ section on my phone and glance at it every now and again so that is what I did. I compiled together a list of short term goals and long term goals. Here is a list of some that I wrote down.

-Try to obtain at least a 3.6 gpa

-Try to pick out a definite major

-Find a good internship

-Make some new friends

-Familiarize myself with what the campus has to offer

Chapter 2

What I have learned in this chapter is to use the resources that are provided to me by Georgia State. To list some they provide academic coaching, tutors at the Commons, and a library for students to study at. This chapter has also given information on finding the necessary help you need where ever you are on campus. Whether you need to speak with your academic adviser, go to the financial aid office, or you need to visit the health services department this chapter has made  it important to jot down some of these phone numbers and email addresses just in case you need them one day. It is also not a bad thing to get involved in the campus life. Georgia state offers many opportunities for you to meet people, exercise, and find jobs.

Chapter 1

What I have learned while reading this chapter is that it is important to set a good image for myself. College is a lot different than high school so I have to make the necessary adjustments to make sure that I am able to be successful. Some of the adjustments I can make is getting familiar with D2L, turning off my cell phone during class, and really looking over the syllabus. During my first week of college I have already found that note taking is a HUGE part of me being successful. In high school I would always take notes on my computer and I have found that just writing them on paper is a better way of retaining the information.

List one high you had from your first week of college. List one low you had from your first week of college. What did you learn?

1. College has been an awesome experience so far. What I have enjoyed the most is the amount of freedom I have. I feel very independent and that makes me feel like a man. One high I have experienced during my first week is getting to meet new people. Going to grade school for 12 years made it easy for me to make friends because I was always in a position where I knew everyone, but now having to make new friends is a new thing for me and I like it. One low that I have had is that I have gotten lost a couple times on my way to class. I’m slowly getting better with the directions, but these streets have me all confused.  What I have learned is I don’t need to be afraid to try new things. I could easily take the easy way out and not try to branch out and just be a loner or I could easily just hop on a bus all the time instead of navigating my way through the city, but life is about taking chances and doing new things. My motto is ” Go the hard way”.

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