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This blog explain your personal experience. Talk about some of your highs and lows of this semester. Also include some goals for the end of this semester and next semester. Don’t forget to include some lessons learned this during the last few months. Topics can come from not only class topics but things learned outside of class as well.

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    • Courtneyandreamcwhorter
    • Posted November 19, 2009 at 10:15 pm
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    So far, the positive lessons learned here at Mercer definitely outweigh the bad. Upon applying, I never seriously considered Mercer as a choice school because of the false image I was painted. I was under the assumption that the school was heavily religious and conservative, and I swear, every time I came to visit, I never saw an accurate presentation of student life. Boy was I wrong! I love the creative events every weekend. Although I do not always attend these events, I still enjoy the opportunity. Special events like Halloween and Homecoming have been a blast and I cannot wait to see what exciting new food ideas the cafeteria will come up with next. Some lows about attending Mercer would defiantly be not getting into the classes that I desired. All of the good classes were filled before I could even register. Registration time was the most stressful of all. I was so nervous about getting waitlisted, but everything worked out for the best. My goal for this semester is to receive notification o my acceptance into Phi Eta Sigma. I have worked so hard all semester and I am just anxious to see my final GPA.

      • ceciliamvillagomez
      • Posted November 30, 2009 at 2:28 am
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      I have to agree with you about registration. It was definitely the most stressful time here. Although, unlike you, I was waitlisted for practically everything. I’m glad that you have enjoyed your experience here and that you enjoy the rest of the year to come!

        • avanidpatel
        • Posted November 30, 2009 at 4:56 am
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        Yes!! Oh my god registration! I think that was the most frustrating thing I have done all semester. It was really annoying because like Cecilia, I got waitlisted into all my classes too. And that too, after an hour and a half.

    • OMG registration has been one of the worst two hours of my life this semester. I was sitting at my computer at 5:45 waiting for six o’clock. It took me until 7:45 to register for classes and I was wait listed for everything. I was ready to cry. But hopefully I will get into all of them somehow.

    • ceciliamvillagomez
    • Posted November 30, 2009 at 3:17 am
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    This year has been more than I have ever expected it would be. At first I was nervous about not making friends beyond my friend from high school.I was told that I was fine and that I would make plenty of friends. I had befriended my hall mates and hung out with them sporadically. I finally found a stable group of friends who just happened to be in UNV. They have definitely been the greatest thing that has happened to me here so far. As far as academically, I love all of my classes and am saddened by the fact that I won’t get any of the same professors that I had this semester. I have enjoyed the weekends that I have spent here and the athletic events that I’ve participated in as well as being in the Pep Band. I have encountered a few hard times, but not many. The hardest thing was leaving home. I live really close by, but at times it feels like a million miles away. It has gotten easier, and I hope that it will become easier over the years.
    My overall Mercer experience has been way more than I expected it to be. I could not imagine myself at any other place.

    • I agree with Cecilia about friends. I, too, was afraid that I would not be able to find many friends that were interested in the same things I were, or who would understand me. However, having o-groups at the beginning of the year definitely helped, as this was where I met most of my best friends that I have today.
      I am also a little frustrated that I will have to have all new professors next semester, because I will have to go through the process of getting used to the different procedures that these professors require. The registration process was also frustrating, as I was wait-listed for 3 out of 5 of my classes. However, I agree with what both Courtney and Cecilia said: that my good experiences outweigh the bad ones. I truly cannot imagine myself at any other college. I knew within the first 10 minutes of my first tour that this was the place for me, and the experience thus far has been so worth it.

    • I agree, this year has definitely been more than I could have ever expected. The experience has been wonderful though. I love the opportunities Mercer provides us to grow as individuals. Time management has probably been my most difficult struggle this semester, and I’ve struggled a bit academically because of it. This spring, I hope to learn what worked and what didn’t this semester, and keep myself organized and less stressed. I enjoy my classes and I plan to spend more time getting more out of them for my own benefit. The people I’ve met have made my time here that much better. I love the new and diverse people I’ve met. Thanks to my friends, professors, and the support of my family, I feel confident that next semester will be even better than this one.

  1. This first semester of college was definitely a change. The class material wasn’t necessarily harder, but the work load was a lot more. The biggest thing for me was time management. I came from a high school where we were given more homework than the other schools around us. So, thankfully, I was used to a large work load. However, I didn’t realize how much larger the workload would be in college. At the beginning of this semester, I was really frustrated with some of my grades, especially with chemistry. I worked so hard at chemistry, and studied the way I did in high school because that was what had worked for me for the last four years. However, I got a “poor” in chemistry on my first progress report. It was then that I realized that I needed to change my study habits; I realized that I could not rely solely on my high school habits to get me through college classes. On the other hand, I loved meeting new friends, as many of my college friends are some of the best friends I’ve ever had. They have helped me get through the frustrations and barriers of freshman year. For next semester, I will be taking more classes, which means more work. However, my goal is to have my time management under control. I also want to be able to do more extra-curricular things like intramural basketball.

  2. College has been like a roller coaster ride for me! This semester is coming to an end pretty fast, and I just cant seem to get a grasp on it. I was terrified when I first came to Mercer. I mean, i literally knew nobody here, being from New Jersey and all. It was a totally different experience for me, living in Georgia and at Mercer. I hated how everything is so far away. I guess I still do. I tried to make friends with different people, but the ones I made in UNV are the ones who have stuck with me till now. Academically, I felt that my classes were pretty easy. It wasnt like they were a burden to me or anything. I learned to make time for myself and have some fun while still focusing on school work. I hope that I will be able to keep up with my increased work load next semester like I have with this one. Taking UNV as a course was pretty helpful because it taught me more about the university itself and gave me more tips on surviving freshman year.

  3. Freshman year has been SO much more hectic than I expected. The work load is insane and I don’t know when we’ll EVER get a break! One of my highs is definitely that I’ve been able to make some amazing friends this semester. I’m so thankful for them. I truly don’t know how I would’ve made it through this semester if I had no one to turn to! My biggest low would definitely have to be registration! Apparently, getting off campus doesn’t help at all! That’s definitely one of the lessons I’ve learned. Another thing that I’ve kind of realized, and I’m not sure if this is good or bad, is that life doesn’t have to be as serious as we take it. I’m kinda starting to realize that sometimes, it’s okay to take a break. And it’s okay to skip a class when you have to. It’s just college and I think that I started out with the wrong mindset. I was stressing myself out over every single thing when really, it’s not that bad at all. I’m trying to lighten up a little as we forge our way into next semester. I’m actually kind of looking forward to it!

  4. This semester has been so crazy. I feel like I have been on a roller coster and holding on for dear life in parts of it. It has taken a lot to get used to having to study. I was one of those people that never had to study in high school and I learned very quickly that doesn’t work in college. Being away from my family and boyfriend have probably been the hardest thing for me so far. I have very close with them and I have never been away from them this much. My classes are not very hard, but I have learned to manage my time very well. I am going to need this for next semester since I will be taking more hours. I had a horrible roommate and that caused problems during the first half of the semester, but things are better now. I hope next semester goes alot smoother than this one did.

  5. And Avani, you’re so full of crap! She tells me all the time about how she’s stressing out about studying for different classes and how she hates having so much work! But I must say, taking UNV has definitely been one of the highlights of my first semester as well. It’s nice to come to a class once a week where everyone is close and we all know each others names and backgrounds. And it’s also nice to have a class that isn’t too terribly difficult to pass as long as you get the work done. It’s kind of like a sigh of relief. And I love Danielle! She makes that class so much fun.

    • Courtneyandreamcwhorter
    • Posted November 30, 2009 at 6:19 pm
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    So far, my freshman year has gone exceptionally well. I have met several new friends and I am learning more and more about who I really am and what my values are. I enjoyed my first Thanksgiving break in college, but it just seemed to go by too fast. Now that I am back t reality, I must buckle down and study extra hard in order to make that 3.5 GPA that I desire. Wow! I cannot believe that there are only three weeks left in school. Time sure does move fast. Looking back on my first semester, I believe that I have truly matured. I have learned how to balance work and pay, not to mention how to divide projects and papers along a timeline so as to not stress out. I am proud of myself and hope to keep up the good work into next semester.

  6. College has been quite an awakening! Although I have been trained to be responsible, I really had to step up to the plate since entering college. For I realized that “momma” isn’t always going to be here to solve every little problem. A definite high of the semester is having such an AWESOME roomate, she’s the best! We both said that we have to look at the sheet we filled out before entering, because they matched us up perfectly. I also love being able to have one on one sessions with my professors, having a relationship with them has been really rewarding. Unfortunately, I have learned that there are some cruel people in this world, for my car was broken into, about 3 weeks into college. As if thats not enough car trouble, I recieved an 560 dollar ticket!!! URGH, story of my life!

  7. I must agree with Michael, man I never had to study so it was definitely something that I had to adjust to! Hmmmm, I’m assuming you won’t be keeping your roommate! But I’m glad everything is cool now!

  8. Adjusting to life at college has been more difficult than I thought it would be, but that is probably because I underestimated how much family and friends mean. Academically I was ready for college, but otherwise it was a rougher transition than I expected. Although it has been tough, I have learned so much this semester about myself. I can already see a change in myself. I quickly had to take on the responsibility of living on my own and taking care of myself. Although it has only been one semester, I feel much different than when I came here. When I went home for Thanksgiving it was almost as if I wasn’t supposed to be there, like I didn’t belong there anymore. It was strange but in a good way. I am so excited to be on my way to starting this new part of my life and to take on what is in store for me.

  9. All in all, I am very grateful for UNV. It really did help clarify things that I wanted to know more about and it was a nice break from all the studying and homework that are required in other classes. It also helped by introducing me to more people who I know are in the same position as me. This class did a lot to make me feel more comfortable here at Mercer.

  10. The lessons i learned this semester are numerous and valuable. First off, I learned it is extremly important to never fall behind in a class, as it is much easier to keep up than to catch up. It also quickly became apparent that the relationship between students and professors is vital. But the best advice a freshman should follow is to find a balance between work and a social life.

    • Yes it is a lot easier to keep up then have to catch up. I to learned that

  11. This semester I have learn quite a lot that I know will end up helping me out in the long run. First off never be late to class or miss class just because you do not feel like going. You could end up missing something valuable. Along with never fall to sleep in class lol. The most important thing is to try to find balance between school work, social life, and sports. Playing sports is no joke in college….it leaves you with not much time to socialize unless it’s with your teammates or the press. But most of all enjoy college while you can and don’t drop out no matter how much you start to hate it. Because the really world will be hell.

  12. I agree with everyone that stated they never had to study until they came to college. In high school I had it so easy because I played ball and I was one of the star players of my school. The teachers let me get away with everything. I regret the fact that they did that because now I’m starting to pay for it now.

  13. It’s certainly difficult here at Mercer, but it’s a private institution, and it’s been considered part of the “Southern Ivy League” for a reason. However, I made a lot of mistakes my first semester here, and I went from being one of the top students in my high school to being one of the lowest students at Mercer. Of course, I’m going to improve next semester, but the damage has already been done and I wish that I was more organized in the beginning of the year, so that I wouldn’t have to worry about improvement. Can’t wait for next semester!

  14. College is different from high school and just takes some time getting use to. Everything has been good. Well almost everything has been good. I had some trouble but got all of that fixed. Driving twenty-five minutes to school can be a problem but can be done. The weather is another thing I wont forget. Its been like a rain forrest here . Its rained like almost once every week. Sometimes all week. Signing up for classes was also not that great. Maybe next time it will be better. All we can do is just hope for the best.


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