How to keep the drive alive

Starting out as a freshman here at Ferris, I was an eager student who was ready to take on my classes with no hesitation. I was 19 years old, excited to be leaving my parents’ house, and ready to start my life and get my degree.

I took the basic classes, including FSUS, Math 110 and two other 100 level classes. I did not understand why it was required to start with such low-level, uninteresting classes, and that I had to pay for a class to teach me how to be a student. However, I got through those courses without crying myself to sleep at night.

Little did I know that this was the start of what was to be a long, stressful five years of my life. I would have to say, however, that it did not start to really hit me that classes were becoming difficult until my junior year. I feel as though, personally, the first two years of college are just the beginning.

By my second year of college, I still felt like my eager, peppy self and was excited to continue to my junior year. If I could go back and relive those first two years, I would enjoy every moment of it. I was just about to peak over the top of that rollercoaster to plummet into an unknown life of anxiety and stress. I only wish I had someone in my life who could have told me to take my next three years as slow as I could because I feel as though I’ve been on autopilot this whole time.

Unfortunately, I still felt all the pain of the assignments that never seemed to stop pilling up, the due dates that seemed to be on the same days and the test that never seemed to get easier. However, now I am 23 years old, and here at the finish line of my rollercoaster and I only wish it could go faster.

I am tired and worn from my years as a college student. Senioritis is real and it exists. I feel as though I am having to give all my effort to continue going to class, to turn in my assignments on time, and to buckle down and study for my test. If there are any non-believers of this concept, my advice to you is to just wait until you’re at the end. You will believe.

To the freshman who is just ending their first year here at Ferris, please keep in mind that these are your beginning years that will fly by in a breeze. As you continue your college career, take your classes seriously and give them your all. To those who are nearing the end, I only wish I had advice to get you through your last semesters. I have yet to find my own.