Great starting for a Great future

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Wing Yeung




"Great starting for a Great future"

Two years ago, I was fresh out of high school. When getting used to a new environment has never been a big problem for me, I continued pursuing academic advancement. Meanwhile, I encountered a major problem in college which involves newfound independency and freedom. However, a few months after my first semester in college were over, I found out that my grades were low and I was put on an academic probation. While I met with my counselor, she recommended me to attend a one-week short-term class before I went to my next semester. Since I felt puzzled about my grades in college, I followed her suggestion and took that short-term class. That was a learning assistance class introducing study strategies to increase student success in college. After that class, I felt that being a successful college student needs to have a positive attitude, good preparation, and thus self-confidence.

This means that a student should be capable of good planning, expectations for the future, goal achievement and correct decision making during their college life.

The learning assistance class started a week right before the spring semester began. When I first stepped in the classroom, it looked like a small classroom with about 25 students and over half of the students in the class were from foreign countries. During the first day of that class there were some general introductions of "Education". The Instructor pointed out that college provides not only a good environment for students to study, but also a competition for students who try to complete their major requirements to transfer a 4-year university or any other academic purposes. Later, the instructor led us into a group discussion of why we planned to attend college. Although this was...