Enjoy the ride
College has been a roller coaster ride. There have been some highs and lows but it goes by quick. I am going into my third year and it feels like I was just at the beginning. And now we’re already at the end of the third week of the semester, so it’s going by fast. The first couple of weeks are usually hectic because everyone is trying to get settled in and figure out if they are going to change classes or not. By now you should have all of your classes and are completing your first assignments. The professors hand out the class syllabus on the first day of classes – make sure you are following along with the readings for assignments because they will sneak up on you. Also make sure you are writing due dates on a calendar and don’t procrastinate.
We are here to learn. And sometimes it takes more time to learn different things. Sometimes you’re going to have to find the answers to your problems but I’ve learned that this is what college is all about – finding solutions to the problems that are presented to you. When you do, that’s the best feeling in the world. I get the most satisfaction out of a passing grade on a midterm or Final.
To the freshmen: It’s OK if you’re undecided about what you want to study. I’m in my third year and I’m still not 100 percent sure if accounting is what I want to study. Take your time to explore different subjects and career interests. If you do know the path you want to take, then you should choose classes that are required for that major. Just make sure you are enjoying your college experience and learning something new every day.
Matthew Maggit is a sophomore in accounting in the College of Business Administration. Matthew decided to come to UIC because of the business program’s reputation and because he wanted to study at a campus with a diverse atmosphere. He likes how close the campus is to downtown Chicago and the Willis Tower. In his free time, he loves to surround myself with loved ones, and he enjoys sports and going to the gym.