Tomorrow will be the last day of work for the TA portion of my job. As a farewell to my students, I wanted to give them a “good luck in college” speech. Especially since this was my first time working for a freshman class. Although I have a physics midterm to study for (really? a midterm a week before the semester ends? -__-), I want to make a rough draft…on tumblr…
Hello everyone, as you may know, my name is Annabella. To half of the class, I’m just the TA who sits in during activity on her laptop doing something. To the other half of the class, I’m your annoying PA that frowns at your disorganized Cornell notes or your C from that one History midterm. Yet nonetheless, I still see you all as one of my own. I didn’t start my college career on the greatest note. I didn’t meet Michael on the greatest note. In fact, do you know how one of our first conversations went? He told me he had no hope for me as a student and I should just take time off and give my student spot for someone who does deserve it. Two years later, I joined his staff as a peer adviser. I became one to steer students away from the route that I once took…and to get away from retail. From my 3.5 years of experience in college and a year working with student on academic probation, here is what I can advise you for one last time:
You are going to work for the rest of your life. You are going to work for the rest of your life. The rest of your life. Yes, money is very important but don’t let it come in the way of your education. Don’t work 40 hours a week for $8/hour and fail half of your classes. Use your youth to travel, read, relax, eat, spend time with friends and family and fill your minds with endless knowledge. 5 or 10 years from now when you’re done with school, you’ll get a full-time job and the money will come. For now, work little and learn more.
Don’t compare yourself to others. If Sally is taking 18 units of organic chemistry, physics, genetics, calculus and history doesn’t mean you can. You may be able to, but don’t try to test the theory immediately yourself. Take it slow, build up the difficulty of your classes slowly and see how well you can handle it. Everyone has their own pace, know your own. And that’s okay, as long as it get the job done. You’re not Sally and Sally isn’t you.
That’s it for now. Two more weeks of physics and I will be done with it. TWO MORE WEEKS JEEBERS I REALLY HATE SCIENCE WHY IS MY MAJOR BIOLOGY I DON’T KNOW.