My first semester at the University of Pennsylvania has just ended. I'm flying back home, and I don't know what to think. It's been such a journey from the moment I stepped on campus all the way to today.
Make the time and do the work. Keep telling yourself: "I deserve this opportunity. My learning is my responsibility, and I can thrive here." And with a lot of well-deserved help and support along the way, you will.
Moving from a small school where you knew everyone for many years to a large, anonymous university campus with thousands of students is a big change that requires a period of adjustment. But many other freshmen are likely to be in the same boat as you.
The Fall semester of 2010 is finally coming to close. As students scurry off to a previously unknown mythical place on campus known in some cultures as a "library," now is a perfect time to reflect on what we learned this semester.