Reflection for 12/10/2015
As one of the assignments for the Becoming Globally Engaged class, students are expected to respond to reflection prompts on a weekly basis. Here is the prompt and my response for the week of December 10, 2015.
Congratulations on being almost finished with your first semester at OU!! How do you feel it went (both in this class and overall?) What did you enjoy the most? The least? In what ways have you changed or grown since arriving at OU? How do you feel about that? What are your goals for next semester and the rest of your time at OU?
Being almost finished with my first semester of college is a strange feeling! It is both joyful and an ode to how quickly time passes. I never imagined how much my life would change in 18 weeks. There are things that I had planned that haven’t come to pass, challenges that I’ve faced and overcome that I never thought I would encounter, and friends and relationships that have been reinforced and made anew. For the most part, though, it went smoothly. I was able to find a job, finishing with mostly good grades, and have grown closer to myself.
In this class, I’ve been introduced to a lot of new and sometimes overwhelming things. I’ve learned that there a lot of different points of view in the world, numerous different stories to be told, and that there a sure of a heck a lot of steps involved in studying abroad. I’ve also had the pleasure of looking into many different options for studying abroad, and it has encouraged me to go somewhere I hadn’t thought I would. Not studying abroad this following summer is a bit scary, but ultimately it will give me time to save money and find myself.
Since arriving at OU, I’ve become more hardy and more patient. I’ve also become more comfortable in where my life is heading. Taking the initiative and talking to who I need to talk to to get things done has been a skill I’ve acquired this first semester. As a long time procrastinator, this semester has definitely taught me a lesson in getting things done. Going day to day, I’ve learned to simply grab a coffee and make myself a better person.
My goals for next semester, and more so the first semester of my sophomore year, are to become more involved. I really missed out on that at the beginning of this year as I thought that, coming from Norman, I wouldn’t need to reach out and socialize. My main goal is to become a better, kinder, more self-disciplined person.