College offers opportunity to make fresh start

By Leslie Diaz


What would you say if I told you that you had a second chance at being the person you’ve always wanted to be — and that you’ve already started the journey?

Would you believe me? Or would you simply turn the page, to the next article, while thinking, “ ‘She doesn’t know my life?’ ” Well, that is true. I don’t know your life. What I do know is that just by enrolling here at the University of the Incarnate Word, you have already taken a step in the right direction.

Coming from someone who waited 10 years before deciding to go to college, I know what it’s like to look back and wish you could rewrite history. I wish I would’ve paid more attention in high school I wish I would’ve made an effort to get to know more people. I especially wish I wouldn’t have let my fear of failing stop me from doing things I really wanted to do.

If you have had similar thoughts about your own choices, then here is your chance to get out of your own way. Whether you are coming straight out of high school or transferring from another college, it’s almost as though you are starting over. So why not take advantage of it? Be the student you wish you were. Take the classes you want to take (besides the classes you need, of course).

Do you enjoy music? Sign up to be a DJ for KUIW, our campus radio station. Are you shy? Try Mark Stringham’s Department of Theatre Arts course — Acting In Everyday Life — to get you out of your shell. Do yoLeslie Diaz (1)u enjoy planning events? Join Campus Life and help plan events for your peers. Whatever it is, just get out of your comfort zone and live a little.

   It helps to get familiar with all things UIW. Try keeping a map of the campus on you until you learn your way around. Find out where the important offices are (for example, financial aid, business, registrar, etc.). During your free time, instead of scrolling though social media, use the time to go through the UIW website. I guarantee you it won’t be a waste of time, considering every tool you’ll need is on there. Go through each link, and find the things that will come in handy for you and your major. By doing this, you will also learn a lot about what UIW has to offer.

   Don’t forget to get involved. Join a club, organization or go Greek. Put yourself out there and try new things. Whatever you decide to be a part of, you will benefit greatly from it. Not only will you make friends, but it’ll also give you something to look forward to on campus, other than going to class.

Speaking of making friends, get to know your classmates. You’ll be surprised at how much you have in common with some people. Plus, it’s good to get the contact number for a classmate. In case either of you have to miss a day, you can catch each other up on assignments. You can inspire and encourage each other. You have the opportunity to make lifelong friends

Most importantly, learn how to balance it all. Keep in mind you have to work hard, to play hard. So make sure to have those assignments done, before you decide to go out and have fun. It won’t be easy. There will be long days full of learning, followed by long nights of studying. If you give it everything you’ve got and try things you’ve never tried before, you will not only leave UIW smarter and stronger than you came in, you will be ready to thrive at anything you put your mind to.

Here’s your second chance. What you do with it is up to you.


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