Life-changing experience

My name is Robert Tumasian and I attended a small, mountainous high school in Ulster County, New York, with a graduating class of only 121 students. In high school, I graduated in the top 15% of my class and took many honors, Advanced Placement (AP), and college-level courses, including Honors Chemistry, AP Chemistry, AP Calculus, English 105, English 200, and French 201. I also have tutoring and teaching experience from a mentorship program that I took advantage of during my junior year with my mathematics teacher. To further challenge my abilities, I became a part of the New York State Mathematics League, Science Olympiad, and the New York State Business and Marketing Honor Society.

I am now currently a freshman at the State University of New York at Geneseo and plan on completing my undergraduate studies here. I am a mathematics and chemistry double major. I will be attending graduate school to take part in a PhD/MD program to further my studies of mathematics and the sciences, my two favorite and most intriguing subjects.

Up to date, I have further developed my leadership and adaptability characteristics by becoming involved throughout the college campus. I was elected the President of Niagara Hall in September, at the beginning of the semester. Attaining this position has enabled me to organize campus events for the residents to enjoy, with the help of my Hall Council, and to advance my leadership capabilities. I have also obtained three of the ten leadership certificates from the Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development (GOLD) Program, including the Bronze Life Skills Certificate, the Silver Practicing Leadership Certificate, and the Emerald Career and Professional Development Certificate, which has expanded my knowledge of what it takes to be an effective leader. I have successfully completed my first semester of college and am on the Dean’s List. I have a cumulative GPA of 3.8 on a 4-point scale. In the spring, I will be applying to become a resident advisor (RA) and will be conducting some independent, scientific research to present to a chemistry professor. This will allow me to complete valuable research within the chemistry department with helpful and scholarly faculty.

My interests outside of the classroom include badminton, tennis, soccer, hiking, cycling, and golf. I enjoy taking quiet walks. Although it is very important to spend time with friends that are made and make memories, I sometimes need some time alone to digress.

College is unlike every other environment. You now have a fresh start and can become the person that you have always want to be. You have a fresh start. Forget the events that had happened through high school, but not the important knowledge and interests that you have acquired, of course. These intriguing subjects can be further developed and even multiplied throughout your undergraduate career, with much help from general education courses. If your passions remain the same, don’t worry. Nothing is wrong with that.

No matter which college you ultimately fall in love with and choose to attend, you will need to prepare for a rollercoaster ride. You will ride through many flips and twirls, but don’t let this scare you. This is all part of becoming a matured, tactful, and successful adult and bettering your leadership, adaptability, and communicational skills.

College is all about time management. Some days with fly by while hanging out with friends or rigorously studying for an upcoming exam, while others will unfortunately crawl, especially around vacation times. Many stresses will also be created throughout your college experience. Adapting to stress is key. If this can be done, you will whole-heartedly thrive. Not that it is impossible, but don’t be surprised if you don’t have a 4.0 after your first semester. Don’t let this discourage you, though. You are in a totally different environment now, possibly hundreds of miles away from home. As you progress through your undergraduate years, college will definitely become more comfortable. You will know your ways around campus and learn your most efficient studying style. Most importantly, you will also gain good relationships with your roommates and many others throughout the college campus.

Apply yourself to your campus! Do not be extremely introverted. Do not sit around in your room and play video games every night and weekend. Go out and eat with friends, go to the movies, and attend campus events. These campus events will especially enable you to meet new students from around the world. Stay open-minded. College is also about diversity. Not all students will be exactly like you and possess your physical, religious, and mental characteristics. Listen to student’s opinions. This may alter your ways of thinking.

Make sure that your nose is not always inside a book. Interestingly, a college would rather a student with a 3.6 GPA who is involved with campus activities and leadership positions than a student that has a “perfect” 4.0 and has not taken advantage of all the opportunities that a college campus has to offer its students. I cannot stress that enough. You are not just going to college for grades and a diploma. You must seek opportunities and take full advantage of them. Get involved with residence life, create a club, go on bus trips to nearby attractions, or join a sports team. If you do play a school sport or become a resident advisor, making friends is much easier and close to inevitable.

Become the individual that you have always wanted to be and don’t let anybody stop you.

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