So, maybe you’re under the impression that Boulder and CU are this wonderful, magical wonderland where nothing upsetting ever happens. While this is true, 99% of the time, sometimes a bad day sneaks up on you when you’re least expecting and enjoying all the magic that is CU.
This week was a very busy week- three midterms, one giant assignment, and one paper all due within the span of 3 days. I bet you can guess I was a little on edge due to so much stress and the lack of sleep. Well, on Tuesday (right before the storm hit) I was in my…not so favorite class. The time seemed to drag on forever and all I could think of was how I could have used that hour and fifteen minutes to make a dent in my mountain of work. At the end of the class, we got our assignments back that we turned in a few weeks ago. I worked so hard on this assignment. I started two weeks before it was due and made sure to answer each question with details and evidence. I was sure I was going to get an A.
When I got my assignment back, it was covered with notes from the TA. Some of them didn’t make sense to me and I couldn’t understand how I received such a bad grade.
I decided that after I calmed down and created a list of questions I would go in and talk to my professor and TA and find out exactly what they were looking for. Luckily, all the professors and TAs here at CU have plenty of office hours for situations just like mine. So, we worked through my questions and concerns and now I know exactly how to ace the next assignment.
During busy weeks like mine, it’s important to know that not everything will go perfectly. It’s also important to know that you might not always get that A you hoped for. But there are always ways to improve! Thankfully, I have such a helpful bunch of professors (and so does every student I’ve talked to). They are always so excited when I come to visit them during their office hours. Make it a point to get to know your professors! Ask them about their research, where they went to college, how they got to where they are now. Most importantly, remember to go and talk to your professors whenever you have a question about the class material, especially during busy midterm/assignment weeks.
Now, I am enjoying a tiny bit of down time before the next round of tests and essays are due.
I can say that even when I am having a busy week, I love having that 90 minute break on Wednesdays to give tours to prospective students. It’s so refreshing to walk through my beautiful campus and remember exactly why I’m here. Here is a picture I took last Wednesday at one of the stops on the tour. It’s the first Ralphie and you can see her in the Heritage Center at Old Main.
(Ok, I was just looking for an excuse to put this picture in here…I do love Ralphie)