As humans, students and as a society — we’ve almost made it. The year 2016 is just over a month away from concluding, and what a year it has been.
From Leonardo DiCaprio winning an Oscar to the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series for the first time since 1908 to Donald Trump being elected as the next President of the United States, 2016 has been one of the most up and down years in recent memories — at least in my 21 years.
Yet, the new year is near. Christmas decorations have been up since the start of November, giving us hope that the holiday break is right around the corner and before you know it, it’ll be 2017.
The final month of the year is a time for reflection. It is a time to reflect on all of your accomplishments, failures and those New Year’s resolutions that you never followed through with. It’s also a time to plan ahead for our next stages in life and more New Year’s resolutions that you may or may not succeed in.
As students, this is also a time to power through the final weeks of a semester and grind through final exams. For some of us, this was just another semester, for others it was either the final semester or leading up to it. Then there are the first years, who can hopefully say they were successful in getting by in their first post-secondary semester.
Everyone’s first semester in university is different, but it’s always an eye opener. Many questions go through your head during and after the semester. Do I belong in university? Can I survive living away from home?
But it’s not a question of belonging in university. Your first semester isn’t meant to be pretty. Leo DiCaprio may have failed to win an Oscar multiple times but eventually found the ability to overcome, so you can do the same with university.
Your first semester doesn’t define you. It is a time of learning more about yourself, how you can still grow and where you need to improve. The best times of university — in terms of the education side of things — doesn’t come until later down the line.
Being away from home and figuring out your classes takes some time. There’s no one around to tell you to go to class. There’s also no one around to tell you what time to go to bed, or that you shouldn’t go out or when you should start an assignment or what you should or shouldn’t eat.
Now that first semester is almost over, it’s time to look back at how you handled those moments. Do you need to be more disciplined in going to more classes or do you need to go to bed earlier and party less? Is it time to get more organized with assignments?
It’s how you proceed from here that will reflect on your university life. First semester was never meant to be easy, and it’s not quite over yet; do your best to power through these last weeks. Use the Holiday break to relax and reflect.
It’s almost 2017. You encountered a lot of new things this year. Society encountered a lot of new things as well. The year 2016 wasn’t the greatest of years, but if we all thought it couldn’t get better, we wouldn’t be here in university.
The Brock Press would like to thank our readers for following along and reading during 2016. Next week we plan to bring you a special edition of The Brock Press to close out the year, and then in 2017 we hope to continue to be the best student-run campus newspaper for you. If you have any feedback for us on what you enjoyed or didn’t enjoy from us this year you can email Satbir at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know what you want to see in 2017, or if you want to get involved.