As a freshman here at SUNY Oswego, coming from high school was a very big change for me, as I think it is for most students my age. I was expecting college to be different from high school only through the fact that instead of being provided with a mere locker in the hallway, I’d have my own room. Well, it wouldn’t exactly be my own room; I’d be sharing it with a roommate, but I was excited about that. I was excited to meet someone and share a room with him, live with him and get to know him. However, what I was not expecting was the drastic change in the amount of homework I’d receive.

In high school, I took a fair amount of college-level courses that I actually received college credit for. I took SUPA English which consisted of two courses, a composition course and a narrative culture course. I also took AP Literature and MVCC Economics and MVCC Government. In addition, I took an MVCC French course. However, they didn’t really prepare me for the amount of work I am receiving as a college student, the reading especially. Of course, I really shouldn’t say that, because if all of my high school courses had been college-level courses, then maybe it would have been different, but now I am receiving, on average, three to four hours of reading to do every night, and I don’t think that’s an exaggeration, and I’m not a procrastinator. In fact, in high school I often was ahead of schedule and completed assignments well before they were due, so I would hate to see how stressful it must be for students who do procrastinate!

However, I am not associating this with a negative experience so far in any way. The heavy workload is merely something I am not used to, and only time is going to change that. I have been thoroughly enjoying my stay here at SUNY Oswego. I love the campus, the faculty and staff is very friendly and seemingly altruistic and friends have also, for the most part, been easy to make. I have always been a hard worker as far as school is concerned, so in time, I will learn how to manage my time and get work done in a timely fashion while still finding time to have fun, but, again, I definitely love it here so far!

About the Author

Hey, I'm Christopher. I am currently a graduate student in the SUNY Oswego English program, and I am also a Desk Attendant in Sheldon Hall (where I am also living). I graduated with two degrees in May 2012 - English and Adolescence Education with a Concentration in English. I substitute-taught in Rome City School District fall 2012 and then came back to school in January 2013 in order to obtain a masters degree in English, which I plan to obtain in May 2014. I love to read, and I love TV shows, especially science-fiction and fantasy.
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