After a summer filled with the fun and excitement of getting ready for college, working, swimming, spending time with family, exercising, and one on one time with just myself, I don’t think I was truly prepared for what was ahead. Starting college as a freshman at OSU this past week has been filled with just about every emotion you could possibly experience. Learning to balance school, eating, homework, exercising, dorm room chores and sleeping was a lot to handle. Now that I have been made aware that everything I do has an impact on my surroundings I realize that I have to add one more thing to my list. My effect on the environment.
Prioritizing is something I’m learning very quickly. As I started in the four week course, Wicked Problems of Industrial Practice, I felt very overwhelmed, yet excited to see what it was all about. I didn’t know what to think of the name of the class when I saw it on my schedule or even when we began discussing the meaning of “wicked” at the beginning of the first class. Finding a solution to a “wicked problem” seemed impossible to me. The movie, The 11th hour, was very deep and I was just trying to take it all in and process everything. I finished my first homework assignment over the article, “A New Green History of the World”, and it was very difficult for me. It made me think of the environment I live in differently. After breaking the reading down, looking up the words I wasn’t familiar with, and highlighting important points to get a better idea of what I was reading, I began to feel that I would do well in this class. I will admit that this class is unlike any other class I have had in the past. Dr. Armstrong is great and will make it a very interesting course for us. The course is making me think and taking my mind to new places. After the second day of class, I decided that I was overthinking everything. Dr. Armstrong took time to explain the notes and discuss our reading assignment. I’m very afraid of not being able to keep up with the subject matter but am willing to challenge myself and determined to do my best.
I’ve realized that college will be much more challenging than high school. I started on my second reading early. I wanted to assure myself that I can fully understand the main subject and start my reading report feeling confident. From this article, I have been reminded that quiet time and meditation are crucial. Mindful meditation will help me stay in the present and help me concentrate on the task at hand. My key to success in college will be to work as hard as I can. I’m looking forward to being pushed and growing as a student and person at OSU. I will use all the tools available to me to get through school. I’m ready to expand my knowledge and study what I love. I’m ready to take on week two.