Alright, it is time to get a little bit personal.
I go to the University of Michigan. Getting into UofM was my greatest achievement, since everything I did in high school was geared towards accomplishing that.
Unfortunately, I was a one-trick pony. During high school I barely socialized because I thought it was a waste of time and, instead, buried myself into history books. I developed this sort of wierd “I am a history genius” ego that I used to justify not having a balanced life and as a way to feel superior to others.
I actually wrote a history book. Granted, it was a shitty book, but an accomplishment none the less.
A crucial turning point for me came in 12th grade when I had my first serious crush on a girl. I remember obsessing over her all year and fantasizing about all these amazing things we were going to do together.
Of course, I barely even talked to her all year.
When I was accepted into Michigan, I finally gave myself permission to change. I began lifting weights, began developing a personality and began learning about time management and productivity techniques.
During my first semester, I stumbled around. Like anyone making radical changes to themselves, I was very incongruent with my new identity. I sucked with women, sucked at making friends and did pretty lame in class.
Though at least I could look people in the eye when I talked to them.
One trait I did possess that served me well was that of persistence. I knew where I wanted to go and was determined to stay on the path that I knew would get me there. Slowly but surely, all the areas of my life began to improve. Soon enough I was having success with girls and easily making friends.
Most importantly, my confidence in myself was getting rock solid. I finally began feeling in control of my own life.
Unfortunately, my grades continued to be pretty average. That changed during my sophomore year when I did research into how to start and run a business. I found that many of those principles were applicable to getting good grades, and this was confirmed in experience.
I cut the amount of time I spent on schoolwork by 80% while dramatically improving my grades.
Additionally, I figured out ways to make even the most boring classes worthwhile.
Today I am by no means perfect; however, from where I was coming from, I am an example of someone who has transformed. This blog is an expression of the new me, and I hope that another 2 years from now, I am an even better person (And hopefully the blog is even better).
Right now I am working to get into the School of Education. I hope to be a fantastic high school teacher that makes an impact on my student’s lives. I also hope to change the way teacher’s teach so that high school is not a giant waste of time for the majority of students (Which I think it is now). Eventually, I hope to create my own school.
College itself is amazing. I love the college way of life. Even if I won the lottery today, I would still be doing exactly what I am doing now.
I hope this blog can help all of you have as great of a college experience as I have.