I was nominated by Kat from The Boozy Housewife AND Chloe from Chloe Chats to take part in this challenge! Thank you lovely ladies! This 20 Minute Blog Challenge was created by Karen at The Mommy Lady. Here we gooo!
- You have 20 minutes to create your post, this includes writing, checking, proofreading, editing and adding any images.
- Mention the person who gave you the challenge and include a link to their website.
- After 20 minutes you must publish what you have created.
- You can write about any topic you choose.
- Once you have done, you must choose three of your blogging friends to do the challenge, include links to their website.
- Let your challenge nominees know via Twitter.
Here’s my 20 minute post – it’s about my early college days
I graduated from a vocational high school in which I took Graphic Design. I loved it and did fairly well in that class. I received the “Top Shop” award for being recognized as “skilled” in the trade I studied at school, as well as became Valedictorian of my graduating class. I was accepted into every college I applied to, as well as won cash scholarships on top of some full-tuition scholarships.
Due to there not being much of a demand for Graphic Designers in my area, I decided to try Computer Science, as I figured graduates of that field are incredibly in demand and get paid a lot. I ended up choosing a college that specialized in Mathematics and Sciences and was considered the college with the “Best Bang For Your Buck” in the state.
My first semester of college was definitely not what I expected. I soon realized that my high school was a complete JOKE and I was struggling in almost every class I took – Intro to Computer Science, Physics, Calculus II, etc.
I took the train to school every morning at 6 am, in which the ride was about 1.5 hours (one way), and every afternoon, I would rush to the train station so I wouldn’t miss it. There aren’t a lot of train times going to my local station, so I’d end up having to wait for nearly another 2 hours to catch the next one going home. Imagine having your last class of the day finish just 15 minutes before you need to catch your ride home … but it takes 25 minutes to walk to the station! Some days, I made it (but drenched in sweat), and other days, I didn’t.
Every night I would only end up sleeping for 3 or 4 hours because of the insane workload I had and having to wake up really early to catch the train.
Not being able to comprehend my classes, the heavy workloads, and the stress from commuting and having to make it to the train station on time quickly wore me down to the point where I developed severe anxiety attacks. I developed headaches, nausea, stomach aches, bloating, dizziness, numbness in a part of my body, and got to the point where I was no longer able to read and comprehend simple sentences.
As a result of developing severe anxiety attacks, my doctor strongly recommended that I leave school. Within a month and a half of starting my college journey, I withdrew from all classes because I could no longer function. All in all, that experience reaffirmed my intense hatred for Physics, as well as helped me to realize I was crazy for thinking I could study Computer Science just because of the money I could make.
After recuperating from that traumatic experience, I decided to return to the same college but take Digital Design. Unfortunately, there was no Graphic Design major in this school so this was the closest I could get to it. This involved many art classes mixed with 3D renderings on the computer.
I successfully finished the semester, but not without getting hurt again in some way. Within a week of my second semester starting, I got into my very first car accident on a major highway due to black ice (no injury for me there, but my car was no longer worth fixing). I also developed carpal tunnel and tendinitis from excessive mouse clicking. Oh, and I also realized this major was still not for me so I left the school, along with all of my scholarships, completely afterward. This was when I started looking into Dental Hygiene.
So that summed up my first year of college and the fun, eventful things that transpired. Yes, it’s sarcastic, by the way. 🙄😅
Things I Learned from my first year of college
HOWEVER, I did learn something from all of this. I learned that all the money in the world isn’t worth my health. If I had stayed in that major (God only knows how), I could probably be really well off… but probably mentally scarred and physically battered from all the stresses I had to go through. (I say that now but just last week, you might’ve seen my tweet about me asking if a job that constantly stressed you out was worth the money… 😂🙈 I need to be reminded)