It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – My Reflection of First Semester

The holiday after first semester exams is FINALLY here and it’s literally like I’ve won the lottery. I know I’ve been so stressed out with school, deadlines and assignments but now I finally get to take a break. Exams are finally over and I know what I’m excited for; going home to my family, being able to see my friends, celebrating the holidays, and getting a decent night of sleep.

But, wow…going home means an entire semester has already come and gone. I can’t believe I am already halfway through my first year at university. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a blast! It’s just the idea that I’m already halfway through my first year leaves me a little sad and a little scared. I mean, high school was four years and it felt like an eternity. But, university feels like its already flying by in front of my eyes.

Coming to Nipissing was the best decision I have ever made. The countless amount of friends I’ve made is insane. I have zero complaints about the professors and my classes. Overall, the whole experience of living on my own and gaining independence has helped me to grow up and mature in a sense too. I love everything about university, it even makes me a little sad that I have to leave everyone and everything for three weeks. But, a break for the holidays means I get to come back and start an entirely new semester. I think a fresh start is a good thing. You get to meet even more new people in your classes, meet new professors and have new classes. I like change, and I’m excited for this one.

Overall, as a first year university student I can sit here and say that I survived my very first semester of university and that I did it successfully. I know your grades drop and you have to cope with being far away from your family and friends but I think with the information I’ve learned on how university works it will be a breeze getting through second semester without having to suffer all the firsts again.

I’m excited to see what Nipissing has in store for me second semester. I have a feeling that I’m going to love every minute of it (besides the stressing over marks, tests and assignments!).

– Casey