Hello Concord Family,
Ahhhh, is the only thing I can think of. I can’t believe I have come full circle and finished my first semester of college. It is honestly so surreal, it seems like yesterday I was packing and freaking out about going to college. Here I am now, done with my first semester and feeling good about it.
When December started, I had to mentally prepare myself for the stress I was about to endure during finals week. I have had finals in high school before, but I didn’t know what to expect when preparing for college finals. I had three finals and a final paper due. Easy to say I had to apply all the time management skills I had been learning these past few weeks. Because each of my classes are different the way I had to study for them was different and that was a challenge. Also, not forgetting the fact that it was easier for me to want to have fun rather than study, but I knew better than that.
Through it all I am happy to say I passed all my finals and I am happy with my final grades. This feeling of happiness is coming from the hours spent studying, stressing, worrying and at times questioning if I could do it. This month and this semester itself have pushed me academically in ways I never thought I could be before. I was challenged to think outside of the box, to ask the “risky” questions and to learn to have faith in my academic ability. As the first semester has come to an end once again, I understood the importance of hard work, determination and resiliency. As more semesters come and go, I will keep working harder and pushing myself academically to be the best I can be.
As finals finished, I packed up and made my way home to spending the holidays with my family. Even though this month was harder for me because there are some special people I have met that I wasn’t going to see for a while, I needed to see my family as well. With the holiday spirit around me, Christmas day was spent with my family consisting of me, my mom, sister and aunts and uncles. There was no better way I wanted to spend the holidays. It was amazing to just be surrounded by my loved ones.
As 2018 ends, I am really looking forward to 2019. I am looking forward to my spring semester, the memories I get to make, a healthy family, the relationships I have created and will keep creating. But most of all I am looking forward to growing mentally, emotionally and physically and overall to keep making my mom and family proud. 2019 will be the year to take my time and go at a pace that works me.
2018 has thought me so many lessons and has been filled with so many memories whether good or bad. Obrigado 2018 and hello 2019!
Until Next time,