All done with my first semester

Well, it only took about 3 months, 2 weeks, and 4 days, but I'm completely done with my first semester of college!

Overall, I think it was a very good experience.

I got to:
- meet new people
- discover my campus
- meet interesting professors
- see shows
- go out to parties
- get a tattoo
- see "odd" campus demonstrations
- bond with my floormates
- get midnight Pizza X
- go to football and basketball games
- see distinguished visiting speakers' presentations

This was definitely an experience unlike any other I've ever had. 
Coming to college, I thought I had an idea of what it was going to be like. I now know that hardly anything turns out like you expect it to be. For me, this is perfectly fine. I'm so happy to be a part of the Hoosier Nation. 

With one semester under my belt, I now know what not to do, as well as what to continue doing. For example, it's not really a good idea to what until 11pm to start on homework (I only did this a few times, don't worry). But it's also a good idea to find different spots on campus you'd like to study. I know for me, I didn't really want to go to Wells because it's pretty crowded. Instead, I found an alternative spot on campus, and now I go there every time I want to get some work done. During FInals Week, I also found another spot on campus that hardly anyone knows about (at least I hope). Whenever you get a chance, go out and explore, you may find a place you can call your own.

For spring semester, I'm going to try and stay out on campus more.
Last semester, I only had one morning class. The rest of my classes didn't start until late afternoon, so from about 10-3, I was all by myself. Most of the time, I just took naps and worked on busy work. This semester, I changed my schedule around so I don't have that luxury; I'm hoping by doing so, it'll motivate me to study more. Now, I have three classes each day, from about 9-3:30, with a maximum of a two hour break in between. During this time, I'm not going to resort to heading back to my room, I'm actually going to stay on campus and study. 

Although I believe each person has their own routine that works just for them, I thought I'd share my plans for next semester. I'm going to take what I've learned this semester and apply it to my future endeavours. 

For now, with 3 and 1/2 weeks of break, I'm going to fly home, watch Christmas movies, and catch up on my sleep.

Happy Holidays!

About The Author
Tori LawhornJournalism major

Hi! I'm Tori. I'm currently a sophomore majoring in journalism with specializations in public relations and digital and interactive media-journalism. I'm also pursuing two minors, one in communications and culture and one in psychology. I'm the spring General Assignments Editor for the Indiana Daily Student as well as one of the 2013-2014 Co-Directors of Programming for the IU Public Relations Student Society of America. I'm also the spring Public Relations Intern for Astonish Media Group, LLC. I'm a proud Ernie Pyle Scholar and Hutton Honors College mentor and host. I like pleasant weather, good books, movies, music, school, traveling, penguins, and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Go Hoosiers!