June 29, 2017
GUEST BLOG: A Look Back on the Past Two Years
As many of you prepare to begin your college career in just a few short months, take some “cheesy” advice from an entering junior at USC. For those applying to college this year, consider Clare’s experiences when exploring different schools. She just finished her sophomore year and has some friendly words of wisdom.
For some reason this is the cheesiest song of all time, so play it while you ready this also cheesy blog post, and also look at the photo of cheese every once and awhile to remind yourself of the ~cheesiness~.
It’s weird to think that this is my last week of sophomore year. I feel like just yesterday I was moving into my dorm building, ready for a new year of growth and learning. As I look back on the last two years I think of how much has changed. Appearances aside, I’ve also grown so much both academically and emotionally, that I barely recognize that part of myself. As I sit here on the brink of leaving my teens and becoming an upperclassman, I feel the need to impart some advice, and hopefully after the next two years, I’ll have learned even more. So, here are some things I wish I had known in August 2015 when I started college.
- Don’t be dead set on one major or the other. Come in with some general things you like and see what fits. I am now a major I had never even heard of when I came to college, so you never know what will happen.
- That being said, don’t give up your academic interests. Pursue the minor and take the class, even if it doesn’t have anything to do with your major. One of my biggest regrets is not starting my minor soon enough because I thought it wouldn’t be useful.
- Go to the party, go to dinner with your friends. There is a time to study, and sometimes one bad grade is worth the lifelong memories you can make with your best friends.
- Study hard, but accept your limits. Sometimes, things that come easy to others won’t come easy to you. Go to office hours, talk your TA, and google everything.
- Invest in Chegg, but don’t use it to just do your homework. It can teach you all the necessary skills needed to complete tough math and science problems.
- Go to class, even if it isn’t mandatory.
- Go to Math SI sessions. You’ll learn what those are when you come to USC, but just know now that you should go to all of them.
- Use Sunday mornings to sleep in.
- It is okay if you don’t still talk to all the people you met your first week freshman year, but do say hi to them every once and awhile. They were the first people who made USC feel like home.
- Call home, post photos, and tell your parents how you did on tests. These things mean more than you think, and sometimes your family is the only group of people who can make you feel better.
Well, that is about the best advice I can give, and don’t you worry, I am still learning everyday. I can’t wait to look back in two years and see how much I’ve changed just from this one blog post. I’ve posted a gallery of some of my favorite memories these past years, so I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. As always guys, fight on!
BY: Clare Sargent ’19
Major: Industrial and Systems Engineering
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