Personal Life vs. College

Often times I find myself trying to find the perfect balance between my personal life, and college. By personal life I mean everything from me time, family time, friend time, tv time, sleep, etc. Sometimes I find myself having to chose between going out with my boyfriend for the night, or using that night as extra study time before a test.

I am very sure that I am not the only college student who has to make these choices!

Today I had a struggle with this exact thing. Last night I noticed there was some blood in my Chinchillas cage, and after looking over both of my Chinchillas I could see that the blood was coming from one of their ears! I completely freaked out, and became hysterical. I immediately thought the worst. I had an essay that I knew I had to begin writing, but I was so worried about my chinchilla I simply could not concentrate. When I woke up this morning I called the Vet to schedule an appointment for my Chinchilla. I made the appointment for 3:00pm after my classes were finished. However, I had an awful feeling in my stomach. I knew that there could be something seriously wrong with my chinchilla, and I did not want to risk taking her to the Vet.

Long story short, I made the decision to get here the earliest appointment that I could, which meant I was going to miss both of my classes for the day. When in college you can miss an immense amount of material by missing just one day. Your grade can drop from missing class. And I felt that it was a tough decision, but I made it. I am very happy with the decision that I made.

I feel that us college students need to work on finding a balance between school, and personal life. Yes, college is extremely important, and yes, having a high GPA is extremely important. But sometimes, there are more important things than college. My pets just so happen to be one of those things. They mean the world to me!

Always remember that its okay to put college to the side for a day, or two. As soon as you let your personal life go down hill, all aspects of your life will begin to go down hill. If I would have decided to go to class today I would have been so distracted, and worried that I would not have even paid attention. In order to succeed in college, I need to also succeed in every other aspect of my life! I have finally realized that!

 

College Visits & Expectations

On Friday, October 19th I went on two college visits with CCBC. The first college I went to was Stevenson University, and the second was Goucher College. I know what  you’re probably thinking. Private schools? They are way too much money! Yes both of the schools are private schools, and yes they are significantly more than many other colleges/universities. That is the very thing that made me not even want to visit the colleges, however; I did, and I am so happy about that.
Owings Mills Campus Tour

I went to Stevenson University fully expecting not to like it. I basically went because I had to in order to go see Goucher. However, I was completely shocked at everything I saw, and heard. Goucher automatically gives scholarships to every student based on their GPA, which is an immediate help! And then they give an extra two-thousand dollars just for being in an honors program, which is also a huge help for me! Those two automatic scholarships takes the huge cost of a private school down by a lot, and I couldn’t have been more excited! Never mind all of the scholarship talk, the setting of the school was absolutely beautiful. Stevenson has two campuses, and the newer one is completely modern, and everything is updated. I really liked being able to go from a beautiful new campus, to an older one set in the middle of the woods. Lets just say that I am in love with Stevenson University!

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The second school I went to was Goucher College. I was totally expecting to love Goucher, and I had already been planning on applying there when I transfer. Goucher is in the heart of Towson, which is one of my favorite places to go. I thought that Goucher would be the perfect school because it has everything that I love around it; shopping, food, etc. However, I did not love it like I thought I would. I actually barely even liked it. This is not to bash Goucher in anyway, or say that it is a bad school. I just don’t feel like Goucher is for me. They require every student to study abroad, which just isn’t for me. And the student population is about half of my high school population, which seems so strange to me.

The moral of this story is that college visits are so important! I had certain expectations for both of these colleges that were completely turned around once I actually got there to see everything for myself. You can read about what colleges have to offer online, and you can hear it from your friends, but nothing compares to seeing it for yourself. That is the only way to really know if you will like something. I was also rather disappointed that I didn’t like Goucher, but it is okay! It was a good lesson to learn. Not everything is going to turn out like you expect it to in life! It’s more about how you learn to work with what you have.