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My (Fourth) First Day of College

Posted by on Thursday, January 28, 2016 in Academics, College Life, College of Arts and Science, Commons, Culture, Extracurriculars, Food, Freshman Life, General Information, Learning Style, Nashville, Professors, Student Life, Studying, Year in Review.

Reflecting on all of my first days of class at Vanderbilt, I’ve come to realize that no two beginnings of a semester are ever the same.

First semester freshman year prompted pencil pouches, pre-bought books, printed syllabi, and knowledge of each professor’s last name (not to mention whether or not he or she should be addressed as Doctor or Professor). I was overwhelmed by the workload to come, the lack of familiar faces in my lectures, and the trek from Commons to Main Campus. Plus, I still had major anxiety about how to use the meal plan correctly—no one explains the entrée and side deal.

As my second and third first days rolled around, I started to ease into the familiarity of Buttrick and Benson. I even pushed my departure from 30 minutes before class to 20 – living on the edge, I know.

As I embark on my second semester of sophomore year, my adjustment took a bit of a 180. I arrived from my winter break at 3:00 am the night before classes. In short, I’ve found that I have traded my nervousness and preparation for excitement and open-ended opportunities. While some may call my approach to the new semester a tad too laid back, I’ve become so much more comfortable on campus and entering classes I know nothing about or no one in. Although it takes some time to finalize your schedule, I’ve learned that it’s not the end of the world to move classes around.

I spent my fourth first day with no pencil pouch, trying out classes out of my comfort zone, learning the professors’ names as I go, and enjoying the uncertainty that the coming semester will bring.

Reflecting, I now know Vanderbilt is the place for me. The best part is that I still have four more first days to go.

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