Christina J. Lewis is an actress and light designer who spends much of her time traveling and working. She attends Rockford University, where she will receive a BFA in Musical Theatre and a BFA in Design and Tech with a Lighting Emphasis. In the fall she will attend California State University at Long Beach for her MFA in Lighting Design. In her spare time, she freelances as a graphic designer and a writer. She also loves the outdoors participating in activities like hiking, kayaking and more. She will spend her summer at the Central City Opera House in Central City, Colorado. For more about Christina you can visit christinajlewis.weebly.com!
The college experience as a whole is probably the most life changing experience a young adult can have. Typically it is your first time away from home and being able to make your own decisions. This can be both a blessing and a curse. Freedom is a huge stepping stone into your adult life. However, you should be careful how you use that freedom.
You should remember that this degree and this grade point average will be your academic defining factors when it comes to your career. Throughout my years in college, I have watched many a friend almost fail or fail a semester, because they let their freedom take over. This could be anything. Becoming too involved in clubs, partying, or just social life in general can send you to the edge of keeping your academics or failing out of college.
I have balanced on the edge one too many times with all of the activities I got involved in as well as work and school and trust me, it is not fun. The best way to think about your college education is that: 1. You are paying a lot of money for school and 2. What do you want out of your education? Then you set up a series of checks and balances based on how much you feel you can actually handle.
For example, say you were taking twelve credit hours. You could probably take on more extracurricular activities than if you were taking eighteen credit hours. However, if you were taking eighteen you would probably want to be more selective about which extracurricular activities you choose to take on. A lot of people say there are thing aspects of college: enough sleep, social life, or good grades. However, I disagree and this should not discourage from trying to have a balance of all three. Although sometimes your balance may not be even, you will find that there is a balance that you can handle and that you enjoy.
Freedom can be a great asset. You can finally make decisions for yourself. You get to decide what types of classes you want to take and what interests you. You choose how you spend your time outside with no limitations of a curfew or any other restrictions that your parents may have set in high school. This can be great and can lead to great relationships, great academics and sometimes, even enough sleep if you balance it correctly.
Just know that even if your balance comes tumbling down, you do not need to feel stuck. This is probably the most important thing to remember if your grades start to slip, or if your friendships start to lack, or if you get too involved in partying. You can always go back and there are always people there to pick you back up. A majority of universities have a health center and counselors to help you get back on your feet. There are also great people in residence life (including your RA or Dean of Students) that are always willing to listen and help you with whatever problems you may have.
Lastly, college is supposed to be fun. It’ll be where you meet most of your life long friends. So don’t forget to have fun too!