Sunday, October 9, 2016

A Mild Rant

This is something I wrote about a month before I left for college. Now I am over two and a half months into my first semester, and I totally forgot about this. Nevertheless, it is never too late to share something. Enjoy.

Before I begin this, I just want to say thank you all for your kind words on my last post. :) It means so very, very much to me that I can post once every few months, and yet you all are still here reading and commenting. It makes my blogger heart very full and content in knowing I am choosing the right thing with such a lovely community.

Now, onto something entirely different with a not so smooth transition. This is something I've been wanting to talk about for so long. Not to brag at all (seriously, if you ever met me in person you would know I'm super humble about my grades), but I was a straight A student in high school. I was valedictorian of my class. I'm going to (in my opinion) one of the best state schools in the country. These are just things that I feel as if you need to know to understand my anger as I explain this rant (once again, seriously not bragging at all—I actually hate talking about my grades and very, very few friends I've made in college know that I was valedictorian in high school).

The amount of times I've had people tell me "I hope you know you won't be able to make straight As in college" or some other variation of that phrase is astounding. I hear it weekly if not more. I get it. People want to prepare me for college, but I'm not naive. I do not expect under any means to make straight As in college. I expect to make my first B and even C (hopefully no Ds though, but hell, it could happen). I understand college will be hard. I understand my workload will increase, and I will be way more responsible for my education than ever before. I get ALL OF THIS.

Now in no ways will this mean I won't strive to get As in classes nor will I slack off. I have a pretty damn good work ethic (not to brag too much or anything here), and I am prepared to work my ass off. I also know that there will be limitations. I will procrastinate too much. There will be some concepts I just won't totally understand or get. I will bomb one too many tests. I am aware that I am not nor will I ever be the smartest person in the world or even in the class. I have limitations, and I'm not naive about them.

I just wish people would stop treating me as if I am a oblivious high schooler. That's all I ask.

Have a fabulous day.


  1. College is such a transitional period. I've heard so many things and I'm curious to see for myself. Quite honestly, I have my doubts about the whole "college is hard af" mode of thinking, because that's what everyone said about high school, and here I am still striving and getting good grades and feeling pretty okay. College is meant to be challenging and I'm sure it will be, but I don't know if it will be the trudge that people say it is.

    I'd be interested to hear your take as you get deeper into the year. Maybe I'm a naive little high schooler and college really is a struggle-with-a-capital-S.

    On another note, you didn't sound braggy at all! Your accomplishments are your accomplishments. You're not flaunting them--you're using them to make a point.

    Ella ~ Simply Scribbles

    1. I had a LOT of the same sentiments as you about both college and high school. Honestly, college is just as hard as I expected, but it is so totally doable. When I went home for the first time after college, I had sooo many people ask me how I was doing and if I was overwhelmed/stressed/failing. I replied every time with some sort of variation of "Sure it's hard, but not harder than I expected." College is just so much more on your own—you're responsible for much more outside of class and many professors only give two or three grades each semester.

      I've been thinking of doing a blog post around the end of each semester with my updated thoughts on college, so hopefully that can give you a better idea of my personal thoughts and dealings in college.

      Thanks so so much for sticking around and reading!