Entering freshman year of college, I was like every other college student scared and confused. I didn’t know what to expect from living on campus, being on my own and what the courses would be like. I was lucky enough to have an easy first semester. I barely had any hard classes and very few tests. It was a nice start to college. However, I was entered into the PASS program at Eastern. When I was first told what you had to do in this program that was created by Holman Success Center I was not very pleased but knew I had to do it anyway. Being in the PASS program you were required to take a course called UNIV 101; University 101. I thought to myself when I signed up for it, “What can a course teach me about the University that I can’t learn on my own?” The first day of classes I just wanted to burst out laughing at how “stupid” this class seemed. I thought I already knew everything there was to college or at least I’d learn it on my own. For the most part, this class was a breeze but I did learn about myself and got to connect with others in the class. Our class grew extremely close throughout the semester. I would have to say it was all thanks to our professor Mallory, who happened to be my success coach for the year. She connected and stayed real with us students while teaching the information she had to. Mallory would always go out of her way to help anyone and that’s what made our class respect and grow to love her. She learned more about me as the semester went on and understood everything I tried to accomplish. I completed ten hours a week at study tables while taking a twelve credit semester, working twenty hours a week on campus and began to create the club softball team at EMU. The study tables were the last thing I wanted to do after class, softball or even work. Mallory and I pushed myself through going every day, which lead to great accomplishments first semester. I ended first semester with being one of the top study table hour students in the PASS program, received all A’s in my courses, and got accepted for a scholarship for the next four years. I was extremely proud of everything I did and I know without this program I wouldn’t have been that lucky.
Entering second semester of college, I was granted only five hours of study tables a week. My excitement for that was unreal. I would finally have some free time in between classes and be able to spend more time in my expensive dorm room. My course load that semester was a lot heavier. I took sixteen credits including one online course. These courses happened to be more time consuming than my first semester I soon realized. I did happen to have more courses that were my major based classes but I don’t feel that was why I struggled. I believe I struggled because I wasn’t prepared to have to study every day and have tests at least once a week. That seems like it was extremely difficult at the time however without my success coach and the PASS program I wouldn’t have pulled out three A’s and two B’s in my courses. I now only had to meet with Mallory once a month, which I would have rather stuck to meeting with her weekly because of how much she helped me. Mallory always told me to use my resources and would help me research things even if she knew nothing about the subject. My English 121 class was a lot tougher than my English course first semester. I always complained and expressed my concern about the professor to Mallory. She would tell me as long as I tried to succeed to my best ability that I would. The semester came to a close. I was watching my grades day after day to see the final result would be. Mallory was right and I ended English with an A. This program may seem “stupid” and boring entering your college career. Let me tell you differently. With this program you can create great things, meet kind people and succeed into the next four years. I would recommended this to every first year college student if I could. Don’t take your resources and chances for granted!