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If I had to look back at freshman year and compare it to this year as a sophomore, for starters I would say that I am a heck of a lot busier this year.  As a freshman I was mainly confused as to what was going on since it was my first time in college just like everyone else around me.  I had to learn the ropes and the flow to the campus like how the semester was and such.  Sure I made mistakes and learned from those mistakes especially in terms of planning my time.  Now that I know the mistakes I have taken what I know and thought of plans to avoid them again.  I plan my time out as best as I can and make sure to seek help when things seem to become too overwhelming before it is too late.

My homework load as a freshman was not that bad I would say, since I was making sure to take enough credit hours that I could handle primarily.  So homework was never too much but also not too little.  Usually I always had something to do each night unless I was free and worked ahead on some courses.  This year I can say that I have a lot more homework since I am also balancing a practicum for the first time.  So far I know that I am doing well because my grades are still high, but once I finish an assignment, I always have another one just waiting for me to complete before the dead line.  Now I can say that I have not been waiting till the last minute to begin an assignment, though sometimes I have my little moments.  I mean we all do.

Last year I was not a part of any clubs or groups as much as I am now.  Just the other day I had a few classmates say “Sarah you are really involved and on campus practically all the time.”  Well I guess I can take that as a compliment because I like to know that people may think I am involved or see me a lot.  I know I see a list of friends at least once every day and if not then definitely the next day.  I am not saying that I don’t like being involved, but when a person is involved I believe that they really become a part of the campus.  That very person is actively giving a part of his or her time and talent into the university, whether it be by giving tours as an ambassador or being an officer in a club.  It doesn’t matter what exactly the person is doing on campus but just that they are giving of their time.

 

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Tim

The New Year

by Tim on September 20, 2013

in College Life

I was excited for this school year. It is my second year here, and I have become vice president of the Residential Housing Association. My schedule didn’t look too bad. I am glad that I have no Friday classes. My favorite class so far is my introduction to secondary teaching. This is a more hands on class. I have a co operating teacher that I work with. I get to do a lot from grading papers to teaching a lesson. Both of my hardest classes I have friends that can help me out with what I am not understanding.

I have met a lot of new faces. They all seem like a good group of friends for me. The international students are great too. One of them taught me a Brazilian card game. It was confusing at first, but once i got the hang of it, I enjoyed it. My best friends have introduced me to some freshmen that are pretty cool in my book.

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Three weeks have come and gone, and it feels like we never even had a summer break. It’s so natural and easy to fall back into step here at Fontbonne — back in the same routines with classes, work, homework, and hanging out with friends. Although it feels like we never had a summer break, I have certainly noticed the course load difference between freshman and sophomore year. I have much more homework, and my class schedule is completely different as well. On Mondays I have 4 classes, and on Tuesdays I have 2, one of which is 2 hours and 45 minutes, and we meet at Brentwood Middle School. Wednesdays I have 3, but then on Thursday and Friday I only have one which makes it easy to relax at the end of the week.

Although the work load is harder, I am still really excited about this semester. The class on Tuesday that meets at Brentwood is a lot of fun, and is teaching me much more than I imagined. It’s my first real education course I have taken, and it is making it very clear to me that teaching is what I want to go into. This course also requires 30 hours of observation, so I am spending 3-4 hours a week in a 7th grade, math classroom. I have already gone once, and I absolutely loved it! The kids are so energetic, and it is so much fun to see how they try to figure out problems. Observing, and helping in a classroom opened my eyes much more than I thought it would. I never looked at the classroom from the teacher’s point of view, so that was really cool to get to do.

Along with balancing work, classes, and a social life, I am trying to be more involved this year. I am going to more FAB events (Fontbonne Activities Board) as well as trying to help out with Campus Ministry more. So far, these three weeks have been great! I couldn’t be happier to be back, and to not be the lowest on the food chain anymore :)

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