You can say that entering college I was not mentally prepared for what I signed up for. I declared my major as Biology and from the first day I was in biology, chemistry, calculus, and different labs. Coming from an environment where I basically did nothing it was a reality check. I learned very quickly that I had to put in work to get good grades and there was no one here to watch me or take care of me like at home.
I loved the independence but with that came a lot of responsibility. There were nights that I struggled and that I wanted to quit because my classes where too hard or because I felt that my other friends did less work then me because of their majors but I did not. I told myself I would not quit; I also had a great support system and I made friends that were also in the same boat as me and we helped each other throughout the way. I can truly say they are the reason I am here today.
My freshman year I got involved with research and it has truly opened a door for amazing opportunities. I was able to travel to France for free with a stipend to conduct research. On the weekends I was fortunate to travel all around Europe. This opportunity was amazing and I truly got to see life in a completely new aspect. I loved the adventure, I made many mistakes and I had no idea how to speak French. Today I am preparing myself for after college. This maybe one of the toughest things I have done to date in college because with so many different approaches and not a set destination choices become difficult. I am taking life as it comes my way and I am hoping for the best outcome.
I have had so many memorable moments at the University that it is difficult to choose one. I think that one moment that really took my breath away was the summer of freshman year. I was in a summer research program here at the university and I had to present my research. I presented my research in front of not only my peers, mentor, and program directors, but I even presented in front of my mother. My mentor asked me a very difficult question and at first I was shook because I did not know how to answer it, but I calmed down and was able to answer it. This experience was nerve racking but at the end of the day it was truly an amazing experience. I learned to think quickly on my feet and had the opportunity to show everyone all the work I have done.