People are creatures of habit, and I too am one. My arrival at Cornell University was characterized by a quest for knowledge, as well as a desire to understand myself a little better. An environment that had initially seemed so foreign, has, to an extent, become a familiar environment in which I believe I can thrive. Just as I try to do in any new environment, I exuded confidence and gave off a friendly aura (or at least I’d like to think so). In the mere two days I have been at Cornell, I have already met plenty of bright minds, each with their own story to tell. That being said, my arrival at this university has opened my eyes to how invaluable this experience truly is.
Cornell University is everything I imagined it to be and so much more. Aside from it having innumerous resources, its beauty is unparalleled. In terms of my first experience in class, it was not much different than something I would do in high school. Just as I make often use of the computer lab in my school, I immediately gravitated towards the computer lab in room 207 of the Robert Purcell Community Center. In itself, the computer lab was nothing special, and reminded me of my habitual usage of the computers in my school. What was different, however, was the fact that room 207 had dispelled the belief that I would work in isolation. After I sat down in one of the fairly comfortable chairs, I struck up conversations with people from around the world, while in school I would seldom even say “Hello” to the person beside me. Being at Cornell is like being at the Olympics, but rather than it being a sporting spectacle, it is a wonderful display of academia.
Time management has never truly been a problem for me, but there are cases in which I do catch myself procrastinating. I believe that people procrastinate because they lack motivation, but I am here to gain a valuable experience and that is motive enough to trump any thoughts of delaying the tasks at hand. I think a huge part of my being successful with online work can be attributed to the students that sit next to me in the computer lab. Everyone in this program has their own reasons for attending, but one thing they all have in common is that they want to succeed in their respective courses. I think that I can safely assume that the people I met in the computer lab are representative of a majority of the students in the program, They are all intelligent, and highly motivated, which creates an environment that motivates me to not merely complete the online work, but complete it and be able to say “I did my best work.” I think that the best location to work in is one in which you have access to resources and people that can help you. With that, it is also important to help others when you can. My first experience has only been positive and I hope to make that positivity habitual.