Hello world! I am so sorry I missed a couple days of Blogmas – I had posts in my drafts prepared, but some personal things came up so I have been unable to finish writing and posting them until now. I’ll be posting four days work of Blogmas posts today, hope you don’t mind!
Today, Friday, marks the official end of classes for Fall Quarter. And wow, that was fast.
I knew the quarter system would fly by – after all, we only spend 10 weeks learning an entire college course. But while I was initially worried and on edge that I would be overwhelmed, to be completely honest with you, I liked the quarter system a lot.
Many of my peers often complained about the rigorous nature of the quarter system and how it moved far too fast for their liking, but I enjoyed how quickly the time passed. It always kept me on my toes and motivated me to work harder than I ever have before – I think I spent more hours studying and doing work this quarter than I did my entire senior year of high school.
I don’t know if I’ll always feel this way; after all, I got lucky this quarter and only took 14 units, with all my classes meeting between 8-2 PM from Mondays to Thursdays. I got stressed out and overwhelmed the first week of school, but eventually I fell into a pattern and was able to efficiently manage my time. If I was productive and didn’t mess around too much, I was usually able to be in bed by midnight.
This quarter I tried to reinvent my studying methods and get rid of the bad habits I developed in high school. I forced myself to do homework the day it was assigned, walking to the library immediately after class and starting it then. I actually did the class reading, and took notes on it, even when I knew we weren’t going to be quizzed on the material. I also would write my notes not one, but three times: I would write out my notes hastily in a composition notebook, type it up on my OneNote, and then rewrite it neatly and put it into a binder. It helped me retain the information for long-term memory. I changed from a notorious procrastinator into a responsible student in a single quarter.
While in the midst of my studies, I also managed to get a job as a desk assistant in one of the residential halls. This helped me get work done, as it gave me an environment to do work without being distracted by social media and other devices. I also found a home in the Pilipino Cultural Exchange, a cultural club on campus. I devoted all the other free time I had to the club. I looked forward to our weekly meetings on Wednesday nights and practically lived in the first floor of the library, where I would socialize and study with other members of the club.
I will admit, I did slip a bit. Even though I was putting hours of work into my education, I didn’t always get the results I wanted. The first midterm grade I got back was for my statistics class and I scored a 71% on it. I wanted to cry, because I studied for hours and I thought that because I changed my old ways I would start getting better grades. But college doesn’t always work that way. I learned that I wouldn’t get everything handed to me like high school, and that I had to work even harder to get the results I desired. And sometimes, I couldn’t obtain those desired results, and that’s okay. As long as I continued to put in the work (and go to class, something I need to work on for future quarters), I would be fine.
Overall, the past ten weeks have been nothing short of busy. But I kind of liked it. I can’t imagine my life without the quarter system.
Here’s to a successful finals week and future quarters to come.
Thanks for reading! See you soon.