18 March 2009
Fall quarter at Ohio State demanded success but success requires? Lots of perseverance. Making the transition to Ohio State Newark I felt that the small classroom environment would help me academically. One problem that I faced from the beginning was the transportation issue, having to drive everyday to Newark from Columbus. Faced with the problem it affected my everyday attendance in one particular class; English. One day my English teacher called my name to stay after class, “Terrence I would like talk to you about your attendance”, what? I did come late to class two or three times but I still came. What’s the problem? You been coming to my class late the entire week, the anger I had at this moment was indescribable, I felt like he didn’t understand the bad elements that I was faced with. My reaction was, “I drive here every day from Columbus and I seen other student come late to class but I never heard you say anything to them. We argued back in forth for a second but then I told him that it wouldn’t happen again.
Other aspects that I was faced with were depression, stress/tension, and also lack of motivation. The death of my little cousin didn’t make these areas any better. The first couple week went by very well but over time my studies? Diminished to failure. Like every student in college I was always faced with the party or study option; partying was my most common known choice.
Winter break was very interesting and life moving. Beginning my day, I got up early to work out at Life Time Fitness Center. Making my transition back to my house I felt excitement for the new day. While entering my home and going through my mail, I came across an OSU academic letter. Opening the letter and reading “Academic Emergency” really made my emotions fade. Going through and reading what the letter had applied gave me a sincere devastation, I was stuck; I couldn’t move or think I was froze. In some sort I knew it was coming because of my failure to meet academic requirements. My mother reaction wasn’t something that I was looking forward to seeing, imagine Bobby Knight, and the terminator mixed together, that my mom. Why? That was the question I kept asking myself.
My college career started out with a rough beginning. Being put on academic probation made me feel discomfort but in also gave me the motivation that I needed. College is the real world some people have to find that out in bad situation, like I did. My advice for future students is to make sure that you come into college with a good academic game plan. The problems I faced throughout this quarter only effected me, it will never break me.