I am going to be talking about something not may people know about other than my family and a few friends regarding my past academic performance. I am currently a senior in college ( credit wise ), what I mean by that is I am a junior in my major but have enough credits to be a senior in the college.
As I talked about in a previous post as a freshman I was in the Apparel Program and switched to Cross-Media Graphics Management. My first semester in college was a rough one, I worked really hard but I put more work into my major classes than my generals and ended up on academic probation. Basically if I didn’t get my GPA up to a 2.0 in my next semester I would no longer be able to attend the college.
I do want to say before I continue I worked really hard my first semester, to the point I had so much anxiety I was very sick. Now the big question is how did I In one semester get an award? ( I got an award freshman year and this year).
How did I do it?
- Switched to a major that fit me better
- Avoided procrastination as much as possible
- Ask for help when needed
- Study sessions
- Plenty of sleep and eating healthy
- Attended class
These may seem like simple changes but they really weren’t, I had to set aside time outside of class to meet with my professors when they were available. I spent a lot of time getting help from my professors and on campus tutors and that took a lot of time but was worth it in the end. I also had to break bad habits such as procrastination and that was not easy at all, I really had to a set a schedule and plan out when I would complete assignments and ordered them by due date.
At the end of my second semester I received an academic award (Chancellors’s Award) and brought up my GPA past a 2.0. As I look back and see how far I have come since then I cant help but smile, I have officially brought my GPA up past a 3.0. Thats not all, my dad sent me a a picture of another academic award that I received for my performance in the Fall 2016 semester.
I couldn’t have done this without the support of my family, Alex, the Gieseke family and my friends! Thank you all for your support and love the past 3 years.
If I could give one piece of advice, do not give up and work hard. You will achieve and succeed in whatever you dream if you do those two things!