I haven't blogged since the end of August. Wow. There's so much that has happened in my first semester of college. On this Christmas Eve, I feel like blogging some thoughts. No one in the family is really doing anything right now.
It's also crazy to think I've been on this forum since seventh grade. Wow.
I took six classes this semester for a total of 17 credit hours. For those who don't understand credit hours, it's the amount of time you meet for class. My English class is 3 credit hours, meaning we meet for a total of 3 hours (in most colleges, 50 minutes per hour) per week. My English class met Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:05-9:55, where as some classes meet twice a week or all three hours in one day. Anyway, my final GPA for the first semester is a 3.804/4.000. I'm happy with that. My classes were awful, but I learned a lot. Calculus II and Intro to Hispanic Literature were the hardest. I'm also done with English for life. Of course, I'll continue to write papers, but no more English classes.
Socially, I am doing great. I live in the newest dorm on campus in a suite. I have one roommate, but we share a bathroom that connects to a double next to us, so four of us share a bathroom with our own respective space. It's nice. I don't think I'll be living there next year, although it's possible. I am going to apply to be a Residential Assistant and an Orientation Leader next semester. If I get both positions, I can't accept them both. Training days conflict. RA would be great. I would save $4,000 and even get a stipend, but there's a lot of responsibilities all the time. On the other hand, orientation leader is a new summer job, and it's tons of fun, and hard work. The work means a lot more to scared incoming freshman, too. I used to do it in high school, and I would love to do it in college. It's very competitive, so I need to rock my resume and application. I also need to decide if I want a roommate next year. I did not like having a roommate this year. He's great, but I like my own space. Being an RA solves all of that as you get your own room, too. I need to figure that out.
Besides dorm life and new applications coming up, I also joined a fraternity. Sigma Phi Epsilon. It's been a fantastic experience. I love Greek Life so much. Yeah, there are parties, but it's a lot more than that. I was really scared about excessive drinking and being forced into things, but that hasn't happened, and I know it won't. Everyone in college drinks. I honestly think the athletic teams party more than the fraternities here. It's the amount that matters most. I've consumed a little bit, and I clearly can function and rock my GPA. It's different when you're actually around it. You just see what happens when people know their limits and what happens when people don't want to remember what's currently going on. But overall, I've made legit friends who I really care about, and there is a love of brotherly love. I can't wait for the rest of the year to spend time with them.
I am also now the Secretary and Treasurer for the Interfraternity Council. It's pretty awesome, especially as a freshman. I get to work with all the chapters of Greek Life, and that makes me happy. I love my fraternity, but I want to make good relationships with other men of the other fraternities. It's important. I've joined the Spanish Club here, and it's pretty sweet. Not that active, but it keeps going. I also work as a student assistant and secretary for the foreign language department. I make copies and handle office chaos. It keeps be busy and I make money. Next semester, I get to be a course assistant for Spanish 202. It's the equivalent of Spanish 4 in high school.
So many great things have happened. I love college. If anyone reads this and currently hates high school, it gets way better. I say the same to anyone who currently loves high school. Pick the right college for you, get involved right away, and don't let anyone hold you back. Make a mark on whatever college you attend. Change it up. Be a force to reckon with. It makes life so much more fun.