I’ve missed this blog A LOT! Lots have been happening over the last what- FOUR months?! I guess adapting to uni life does take a lot of time even though I’ve been in the States for the past two years. I was considering on writing a blog post on my birthday, as I always do, but you know what, I feel like writing NOW. Before I start ranting (I just finished writing and it ended up longer that what I usually write so feel free to leave if you’re in a rush, but do come back later haha), here are some photos, which some of you may have seen, of the hopefully last snowstorm here in Minnesota last Saturday.
east bank, umn
west bank, umn
you’re supposed to see a river but you can’t 😦
one car or two? hmm
the next morning after the snowstorm
collected snow. bigger than me woah
i think we had around 17″ of snow :O
Even though I mentioned that ‘lots have been happening’, it’s more of me trying to emotionally understand what’s going around. Oh and also about me trying to cope academically. I’m taking a couple, well four to be exact, classes that are pretty heavy with materials to understand. Since last semester didn’t put me in so much pressure (except for that ONE class), I started this semester expecting the same (I was still aware of the classes that I was about to take but I didn’t expect the same workload).
*sighs* I was definitely wrong.
Okay so, I consider myself, as a student, who usually can understand what I learn in class and during lectures. Therefore, I wouldn’t put in a lot of effort in studying outside of class unless it was two to three days before an exam because I was assuming I understood the subject. I guess I have changed. Now, I feel sad and disappointed at myself for being like this but I can barely understand my lectures. Also, I forgot to mention, that I got a part-time job earlier this semester and I work a couple hours during the weekdays so that drains some energy out of me.
So for the past four months, I was basically trying to balance myself between the classes that I was taking. At one instance, I’d do well in an exam for this particular subject and at another, I’d have trouble doing well. It becomes worse when there’s two exams in one week plus a lab report that would be due on the same week. I can remember the days that I cried because I was too stressed out. I’m also still figuring out what ways are the best to study for me.
I just finished two midterms this week (with one more coming next Wednesday) and by far, this is the first time I felt confident doing both the exams (If I feel confident, it usually for one subject, not both). *cue inspirational music* I think a little over a week ago, I realized that I shouldn’t be leaving myself like this. My grades at that time were honestly not good (in my interpretation). Looking at my class schedule, I finish class at 3:20 pm and typically, I would go straight home because of my introversion. I sometimes ‘plan’ to study or whatnot when I get home, but it NEVER works. I’d end up wasting time and start studying/doing homework etc at night.
When I noticed those two exams were coming up, I decided to change my studying habits a bit. I did this by spending 2-3 hours after class at the library for studying. The old me would think that 2-3 hours isn’t a lot and you wouldn’t accomplish that much but that’s not true, old me. I definitely accomplished something. I would be able to finish one chapter of a subject, with thorough understanding (again, I still have parts that I don’t understand but it’s better than nothing).
I guess some of you may have realized this studying habit sooner than I did, but you and I have different paces. We’re all learning though. If you got something from this, then that’s cool. Anyways, I’d really like to keep up this habit for the upcoming exams and for future semester. So that’s a lesson learned for me 🙂
Before I go, I wanted to put up some pictures of when I went to a hippo campus concert two (two already??) months ago. I still look at these pictures and videos sometimes because I miss it so much haha. They’re pretty quiet after their tour ended and now I’m patiently waiting for their new music to come out….
That’s all my friendsss. Thank you for reading this far. I appreciate it very much!
p/s recently found a musician + youtuber. i like his style of music. check him out 😀