My first 3-week experience, on my own, occurred in the summer of 2009. It was inside the state of Texas, to some people this was not a big deal, but it meant my mission was accomplished when I received the consent of my parents to be on my own in another city. Let’s just say my parents are very overprotective with their progeny, so before the trip they were hesitant, it took a lot of persuasion on my behalf to assure them it would extremely safe on. I signed up for the GATE program at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, as a way to have fun and add this summer program to my resume, but it turned out to be a learning experience.
This opportunity away from home was eye-opening, with the college class I attended I noticed that my work ethic needs improvement. Everyday it would be a long time before we got out of a class, I would get restless as well but I still managed to learn. Even though the experience was dedicated for future teachers, I know it is not the profession for me, but I would like to work with people and travel. What I also noticed was that I had to make my own decisions because my parents were not behind my back every minute of the day. I received advice from them and I know that I am still able to act like a mature person, staying away from the wrong influences. However, what did not work as much as I wished was the liberty of doing what I pleased because the curfew was at 9:00 at night, and on top of that we needed to travel as groups, all the time, to class, to eat, to the restroom-everywhere, not kidding.
I could not stand being confined to a time restriction, so I did not find myself living the complete college experience as I expected. From situations like these, I learned about what characteristics I wished to find in potential universities. Because we were in an environment where the women to men ratio was about 9:1, I wish to attend a coed campus. Also, in comparison to other campuses it was not enormous, but when I am told to walk from one side to the other side of campus, I constantly wished for a bike or a scooter of some kind.
This opportunity had me going through stress, joy, boredom, and with this emotional roller coaster I had a taste of what college will be like. Even though I will have days where I will try and talk myself into getting out of bed, I am very excited for June 2010, which is when I graduate, and I am very anxious to step foot on campus in Fall of 2010. I am emotional because I will be leave my house to be on my own, and I will have to make my own decisions, and be a college student. Finally, after all the talk about getting ready for college, increasing my GPA, and other topics fluttering in my head, I am so close.
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