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Hello guys!

Two more weeks to go before the end of this Fall semester and I can feel the pressure coming you guys. I am sure that all of you already have so many assignments to get done as well as tests to study for. So I wish you guys the best of luck!

Even though we all are taking different classes and living very different lives, we must support each until the end. This is why as we approach these last two stressful weeks, we must keep in mind that we are not alone in this. We will come across people who are constantly mad and tired throughout the week, and that’s ok. We cannot let that bring us down though because that can impact the way you perform in class and during your exams. This semester I learned a few things about myself and about the courses I’ve taken at MC, so I thought I’d share them with you!

  1. Being a Biological Sciences Major is no joke: I’m sure that all the majors offered at MC are challenging, but I wanted to talk about my personal experience. I have taken many science courses that consisted of labs which made the class time even longer. You must learn how to manage your time wisely because eating and simply resting during your breaks can be often taken for granted. I remember spending more time eating lunch during my first year at MC, but this semester I’ve had to change that. Now I think ahead about how long it will take me to get to the microwave in the cafeteria, heat up my food, walk back to the building where I have class, and finally eat at a safe pace. It didn’t seem as important then, but now it is one of my main priorities.
  2. Challenging courses: At first, I used to think, “Well, will I need this material learned in class in my future career?” While the answer was often a no, I learned that the time I spent studying and researching were a few of the many things that will make me successful in dental school. You learn how to really study and manage your time while you’re taking your undergraduate courses, so I am happy to say that all of the classes I have taken as well as those I am currently taking at MC are all worth it.
  3. Adulting: I have faced various challenges this semester that took place outside of school. Helping my father buy a home has honestly been a very exciting and scary experience. I’ve had to talk to a bank loan officer as well as a realtor since May of this year. I’ve had to set up appointments, research, learn new terms, ask questions, etc. while at the same time keep up with summer school and this fall semester. The stress level I dealt with was unbelievable. I got angry, anxious, frustrated, happy, sad, hopeless and so much more; it was honestly a roller coaster of emotions. Even though I was dealing with these things at home, I learned that I’m able to face anything life has to throw my way. I am so grateful for this experience because I have learned so much about purchasing a home that I think I can buy my own if I had the money lol. My vocabulary has expanded with terms like EMD, contingencies, underwriter, settlement, real state agent, broker, appraiser, appraisal, amortization, closing costs, and the list goes on and on. Even though this was a challenging phase in my life; I will never forget about it and will forever be thankful for it.
  4. School can be fun: I know, I know, what am I saying, right? Well, let me tell you that learning can be so rewarding if you make the best of it. Find that part of the class you look forward to. It may be an activity, your friends, or the material learned in class. And if there’s nothing you can find, just remember that the semester is only a couple of months long! Either way, enjoying your time in class is so important to me because you must enjoy college somehow; especially if you have several years to go. Have fun, learn, and live.  Oh yeah, and don’t forget to smile once in a while. 🙂

You are capable of doing so much with your life, so invest your time wisely and you’ll see the rewards with time!

My most sincere wishes Raptors, I believe in you and me so let’s end this semester strong!

~Meredith

 

Meredith Cordero

¡Hola! My name is Meredith and this is my third and last year at MC. I hope to transfer to the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) next fall. My goal is to become an orthodontist and reach out to countries and communities that cannot afford dental care. I hope to share my experience with you all and most importantly enjoy the process as we get through this year together.

I am now 20 years old and exactly 5 feet tall. Don’t let that fool you though; I am a small but concentrated human being. I enjoy talking to people just about anything, and I listen to a lot of music in my free time in both Spanish and English. Music is so special to me, especially if there’s meaning behind the lyrics and if it makes you move like nobody’s watching. I love going to the movies on the weekends.

When it comes to school, I am all for it. I am a low-key (maybe high-key) nerd. I get excited if I’m feeling prepared and organized when I step onto campus, almost like a super hero. Ok, maybe not to everyone. Either way, I always look forward to a new day and what’s to come with it. This doesn’t mean I will always be happy, but I will at least try to overcome what may bring me down.

I have never written a blog about myself, but I do enjoy talking so hopefully that comes in handy -fingers crossed! MC has not just taught me about the many opportunities but also being part of a diverse community might just be the best thing you could ever be part of. I am thankful for this opportunity and I hope you enjoy what I have to share about MC and well, me!

This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. Having an engineering degree, I can totally relate to the ‘not so run of the mill’ courses plus requiring a lab with nearly each one….and we had to take 15-18 credits to boot instead of the typical 12-15. However, keep your eye on the prize. You’ll have a lucrative career as a dentist one day and it will be well worth it. Good luck on finals and have a great winter break.

  2. Oh wow! I didn’t know that Jane, I’m glad you can relate too. 🙂 And I will keep my eyes on the prize like you said, thank you for the encouragement and I hope you have an awesome and relaxing break as well.

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