Freshman Growth

As I recount many of my previous blogs, I realized that I used to think I knew everything I freshman-year-logoneeded to know.  Looking back I now realize that I probably knew closer to knowing nothing than I did to knowing everything.  For example I used to think that habits were something that I could easily switch on and off.  This may be true to something like eating habits when I ran out of Ramen Noodles and then I had to start eating the disgusting oatmeal my mom sent for snacks, which turned out to be pretty good so I kept eating them.  Being forced to do something is one way to start developing good habits, but its not the best way.  Habits are made from making myself do things over and over again until they don’t suck too much and I can do it without thinking too hard.  Take studying for example.  I used to try to study the material for a test the night before and do just fine.  When I tried to do the same thing here in college, it didn’t work out from all of the other things getting thrown at me at once.  Now, once I know I’m going to be tested soon, I try to learn the material as I go along instead of waiting until the exam.  Although, old habits are still tough to break.

Earlier I talked about how my passion for travel has inspired me to consider civil construction, how cross timber method could maybe one day improve the civil sector and how some construction companies have made the effort to preserve historical structures while rebuilding it to keep it useful.  Many civil construction projects allow us to travel which is one of my passions and reasons why I want to do civil.  However, I am not sure if my goal of sustaining energy through green buildings and structures can be achieved as much as if I decide to enter the commercial or residential sector.  Therefore, I’m not entirely sure if that’s what I’d like to do.  I think that the connection that surprised me the most is the one about travel and civil sector.  I described how travel can become a problem if the actual traveling aspect becomes a problem and that’s why I would like to make a difference in the civil sector.

Like I said earlier in the blog, I used to think that I knew everything, including how to be successful in college.  My approach to learning at Virginia Tech was a lot like my approach in high school; learn it when I had to.  Now I know that I must learn the material as I go along in order to be successful.


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