My First Attempt At College

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Starting college can be a daunting task for anyone, let alone starting as an older student. Most people start college straight out of high school, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. They may be a little nervous, but for the most part, they start with a certain sense of confidence. The future is so bright, they have to wear shades. For others, myself included, the idea of college was incredibly intimidating. I was terrified of my post-high school educational career. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea of what truly interested me. For me, starting college later in life was a better choice. My first attempt at college was an epic failure. After high school, I enrolled myself in four classes at Hillsborough Community College and paid for my tuition. Freshman English, Beginning Algebra, American Government, and Intro to Sociology. Despite my ambitious class load, I wasn’t interested in any of this college nonsense. I spent the entire summer following graduation drifting aimlessly and not doing much of anything, aside from working my days away at my job at a local sandwich shop. Being a chronic procrastinator, I put off any preparation for school as long as I possibly could. As the beginning of the fall semester approached, a wave of crippling anxiety began to wash over me. Every time I thought about being in class, my heart would begin to race. I felt as though I was being crushed by the responsibility of turning in assignments for four different classes. I
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