The main purpose of students going to school is for them to succeed in life as they enter the walls of colleges with the hope that they will be able to step up the ladder of success. Firstly, students hope to get good grades because this surely helps them build a good foundation for their future employment. Personally, I looked forward to gaining good grades in order for me to be admissible in the job market. I know that the demands of college are difficult and so I braced myself when I first entered college and decided to do my best in order for me achieve this goal. Although there have been so many changes that I have had to adjust to, I think that after almost eight weeks in college, I could say that I have managed pretty well to cope with the challenges of college education in order for me to get good grades. I know I can perform very well in my coursework and therefore I hope and trust that I will improve my grades and impress myself and if possible, my professors as well. Gaining good grades is essential for me because this will make my professors proud and make them know that I am up to the task and that I am a serious student. Besides that, I would really want to work hard for my own good and also to show my caregivers that I am worth of their support.
Secondly, I look forward to having good professors who will not only inform me but will also guide me through the difficulties I will be facing in regard to my academics and social life in college. I know that professors are valuable persons in my learning and so I cross my fingers about this issue that I will have a good relationship with them throughout my college education. Thankfully, I could say that my professors have been wonderful this far. I appreciate them because they show genuine concern towards me and my education. They take time to assist me with my requirements so I have learnt a lot during my few weeks of stay at the university. I am quite satisfied with what I have gained so far. However, it is my wish that for the rest of my college career, I will be able to meet more incredible and brilliant professors who will develop further my understanding of the lessons in school and also in life. I strongly desire this because I know that it will affect my grades in many ways in the long run. I know my class performances and relationships with my professors will determine how well I can socialize not only in the classroom or the university but outside the school, too.
Lastly, I also hoped that when I enter college, I would be able to make new good friends. Acquaintances are important in life and I strongly believe they are, more so in college because while in college, strong bonds can be formed due to the need of being assured that one is not alone in the troubles of college life that they are facing. Fortunately, I have formed wonderful bonds with a number of students. There may still be some kind of barriers between us however I guess that is understandable for new friends. For the rest of my stay in the university, I hope to expand my circle of friends and also to gain some who will become faithful friends for the rest of my life, standing by me in good times and bad times and opening their lives for me to be there for them as well. After mentioning my hopes, it may seem impossible to think that I have fears but interestingly, I have a few.
Contrary to the positive outlook about college life as mentioned earlier, there are also fears that I know I must face. Perhaps the first fear that college students ever face is the mention of the word failure. On my part, although I want to succeed in my studies, I still have fears that I might fail in some courses which may prove difficult to understand. Also, I am afraid that I may not be able to cope with the demands of college life. I am terrified at the thought that the requirements might be more challenging than I expected them to be. However, I must admit that after a few weeks in college, this fear has diminished because I have found out that I am able to manage despite my anxieties.
Taking on a similar pattern as other student’s hopes in college, I also fear that I will have strict professors who will make my life miserable. As mentioned earlier, professors are important role players in students’ lives however; the fact that there are professors who make their students uncomfortable instills fear in me. Luckily, as far as I am concerned and with my experiences with my current professors, I can say that my fears have been tamed and I am now more at peace. I still have a long way to go so I am being optimistic that all will be pretty well with my future professors, too.
Finally, there is also the fear of not getting along well with other people in this whole new world that students are entering. Just imagine the conglomeration of many students from different backgrounds with different upbringings, likes, dislikes, characteristics, temperaments and beliefs. The thought could be devastating. Indeed, for me, this is quite overwhelming and sometimes I cannot imagine what I am supposed to do. I can still remember the first day I entered my classes. I was not sure of what I was supposed to do in a new environment with a lot of strangers. I could still see myself trying hard to get rid of my wild imaginations about what might happen to me. I worked really hard to convince myself that things will turn out right. Thankfully, they did. There were those who made the first move to befriend me and I was really glad about it. I reckon that I am going to survive making new acquaintances in the future and have more wonderful people around me because of the very good experiences in the school. Of course, there were a number of undesirable encounters with other students but I can say that they are nothing compared to my positive affairs.