My Sister, the College Freshman

October 21, 2005  Friday

Hey Nicole!

I haven’t heard very much from you recently, Sis.  I hope everything is going well.  Well, only two more months and your first college semester will be over.  I don’t know how you are doing, so I am going to cover it all and hope I hit on something that can help.  Alright, I’m going to assume first that you are doing well in a few classes, but perhaps struggling in one or two.  That’s okay right now, it’s a common thing when you first get to school.  Perhaps I am saying this because it is how my first semester went- but don’t use that as an excuse!  OK, my first semester I wasn’t doing so hot in history when I should have been blowing it out of the water.

What I should have done is gone in and talked to the instructor, told her I was having difficulty adjusting to college life, whatever needs to be said.  She would have helped me out now, instead of later at the time of finals.  Any class you might be have problems in, this is the time to talk to your professor they will help you!!  I really wish now I had done more, I finding it hard to get into graduate  school.  I wish I could do it all over again, and probably will.  I mean that I will most likely be going to school next year for a different degree entirely, getting my recommendations now (that’s another thing– if there is a class that you are doing well in, get to know your prof. a little, and ask for a letter of recommendation at the end, to file away for the future.  Although my past teachers like what I have written, they have old me recently too much time has gone by for one.  You never know when they would come in handy.  I’m telling you this so you do things the right way, and you will have as few hurdles as possible.

Alright… so, I’ll get off my soapbox now and back away from the class thing.  I have so much faith in you to do very well. =)  How ‘bout if we walk about Christmas?  I am taking the New Years part of my holiday leave, so it will be like next year.  And, I have asked Candace if she wants to come too, and she would like to.  What do you think?  As for me, I am trying everything to get into school next year.  Illinois will pay for me to get to school for four years, completely free (tuition, books, etc), and I have to find a way to support myself through it.  I can use my GI Bill to live off of, but that is only $1,000 a month, which is well below the poverty line.  Oh well.  I guess I’ll be back to be a poor student.  I’m just going to be glad to be back in class.

After seeing the “real world,” it’s scary how even a degree does not guarantee anything.  It is so competitive.  I’ve seen for the past four years guys that never went to college or had to drop out, and you can see it on there face how difficult their life is.  I feel like I’m escaping a life-time of this, only because of my degree.  It’s that separation only that is going to give me a better life.  I don’t want to even think about what my life would have been like without one.
best,
will

 

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