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When things get a little overwhelming, it’s good to take a step back and remember what keeps you going. It was on such an occasion, which happened to be while I was in the middle of a long reading assignment, that my mind began to wander. Perhaps it started out as a re-cap of the day in my head, but it ended up as an analysis of my time at K College so far this year. Here are a few of the things I came to realize:

First of all, college is an academic challenge. It might seem obvious, but you don’t get anywhere of a full idea of it until you’re doing the work. But oh, wait! That’s why I’m here – to challenge the way I think, to challenge my perceptions, and to challenge myself to learn as much as possible.
Challenge accepted.

My second realization was that I live in a really supportive environment. First of all, faculty members take their students’’ needs seriously and really seem to put a lot of effort into supporting you. That’s what my overall experience has been so far, at least, and I’ve been highly impressed. I have always felt like I would have someone I can trust to talk to if needed, and I have NEVER felt alone. That’’s part of the beauty of a close-knit school, as well as the fact of living so close to your friends.
Analysis: It’s not that hard to turn a bad day into a good day.
Further analysis: Everyone needs a little guidance every now and then.
Even more analysis: I’m lucky to be here.

Lastly, I came to the conclusion that college is just a wonderful place. Perhaps not as wonderful as some older generations tell you about their crazy days as young’uns with no responsibilities, but I certainly know I’m going to appreciate everything the school has done (and will do) for me more than I could imagine. Perhaps I’m romanticizing, but I really am happy and excited to be here, and everyone else around me seems to be too.

Those were a few of my realizations that day in the library. If nothing else, it led to a renewed sense of motivation for my reading assignment. In general, though, I now know that if I’m feeling a little bogged down with homework, I’ll just have to remember a few things I love about going to school here. Fortunately for me, though, that won’t be hard to do; I really do love this place.

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About Alexandra Smith ʼ16

Alexandra is a Junior from Corvallis, Oregon who is currently studying abroad in Clermont-Ferrand, France. She is a double major in French and International Studies with a minor in Economics. Sophomore year, Alexandra led a program for the Center for Civic Engagement at K and was a Co-President of the club Zookeepers. She loves dancing, painting, writing, eating, and travelling.