By Gianluca Russo
Returning to school can be incredibly difficult, especially when summer vacation proves to be as entertaining and relaxing as one could only hope. My few months of break were all that I imagined they would be: I completed two internships, one in the features department of the Albany Times Union and one with a production company in New York City, made my New York theatre debut on the marketing of “iLLA! A Hip Hop Musical,” which played at the New York Musical Festival, and tried my hand at some freelance writing and social media work. While I spent a majority of my time in an office on my computer, I made sure to travel, both to South Carolina and Rhode Island, and spend as much time with friends as possible. To put it simply, this summer was truly the best one yet.
But alas, I find myself about to journey into my sophomore year at Schenectady County Community College. I’ll be honest: I’m still on a high from the riveting summer I just experienced and would do anything to not sit in a classroom all day long. But, for a change, I’ve decided to enter this school year with a new outlook. I am hoping that this three-step plan that I’ve created will help my sophomore year of college fly by while helping me grow as a student, professional and person.
I am certainly not the best at scheduling my time. I often find myself overbooked and stressed, causing me to stay up till the early hours of the morning completing my assignments. This semester, I have decided to create a detailed schedule to keep myself focused and prepared at all times. After analyzing my course schedule, I have allotted time each day to study and complete homework assignments. I have also scheduled in a new internship with my freelance work, making sure that it does not interfere with my classes. I will spend whatever remaining time I have taking dance classes, enjoying time with my friends, and simply relaxing on my own. There’s no doubt that I will be incredibly busy over the next few months, but by staying in line with my schedule, I will be able to accomplish my goals while enjoying the beginning of my sophomore year.
In the fall of 2017, I will be transferring to a four-year university, something that I am admittedly quite nervous about. Thankfully, SCCC provides many advisors who can help me through the college application process, something I never did in high school. Last year, I regretfully did not take advantage of the resources my school offers and found myself attempting to accomplish big projects on my own. This year, I am going to make sure that I reach out for help, both to my professors and advisors, so that I can remove even a small amount of stress from my shoulders.
It won’t come as a shock to my friends and family that I am not a huge fan of college. I would much rather prefer to be working full time and gaining experience that will help benefit my future as a writer. And while I did spend a large part of the past year complaining about SCCC, I have decided to enter my sophomore year with a new, positive attitude. Sure, I may not get along with some of the other students in my program and sure, maybe my institution isn’t the perfect fit for me, but complaining and wallowing in my own self pity will cause more harm than help. By being positive, I will not only be happier, but my last year at SCCC will fly by and I will be able to enjoy each moment before I head off on a brand new journey.
I can’t quite believe I’m saying this, but I am excited for the upcoming school year. With this three-step plan, I hope to grow as a student and writer while enjoying each moment of my college years. I want to look back on these days in 2- years and feel proud of what I accomplished at SCCC, and sticking to this plan will most certainly help this happen