University Update : Second Year

I wrote this a while back but never got around to posting it, so here it is, my second year reflection.

Good morning, here I am staring at my computer trying to fit an entire year into one post. Second year was really hard, but honestly it was amazing and it doesn’t feel like it should be over yet. This year felt so short, especially compared to last year and as much as I am ready to be done with school, I’m not ready to say goodbye to my friends again for the summer.

I have learned so much this year, both academically and about myself. I have improved my grades, and have learned to balance school work and actually enjoying my life. I have been much more interested in my classes and don’t (usually) dread going to class.

Looking back at myself the first week of university, I feel like I was a different person, I have grown so much from that moment and even since the beginning of second year. I used to be very uptight and needed every moment of my day to scheduled and now I have learned to balance being organized and being more adventurous and spontaneous. I have learned that some of my best memories come from events/adventures that were not planned.

This past year I have explored so many new places and made so many new friends. I am so thankful for the friends that I have met in my program this year, you guys came into my life at the perfect time and have taught me so much (especially new French words and boosting my confidence lol). And of course my best friends that have always been there for me, being my family especially for those times I couldn’t be with my family back home. All the movie nights and dinners, late night talks, and skating to the adventures to Le Parc and Sinead’s cottage and every where else in between even the not so great times like wanting to just give up while cramming for an (or multiple) exam the night before. I know I said this in last year’s post but I really wouldn’t have been able to make it through this year without each and every one of you. Summer will be boring without you and while I love summer I already can’t wait to see you all again.

Though with all this learning, unfortunately I have learned that I don’t think I want to go to medical school and now I am back at square one in figuring out what I want to do with the rest of my life. I am less certain of my future now then when I came into university, but I guess that’s the point, your supposed to learn and grow and figure out what you want (or don’t want) in life. I am so much more open new possibilities and new places.

Most importantly this year has taught me to stop stressing the things you can’t change and learn from everything you do.

Thank you for reading,

~Tori Scherle~

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I'm 21 years old and I'm in my 4th year at the University of Ottawa in Biology. I love photography, baking, plants & adventures!

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