By Shayla Simmons
Meter Staff Writer
As the fall semester comes to a close, members of the freshman class reflect on their first few months in college. They ask themselves what they could have done better to experience a better semester.
The following quote by ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius may best sum up what a notable amount of freshmen may be experiencing, “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest”.
The time of reflection has come for students now that midterms have passed and finals are fast approaching. Some may take this time to improve their study habits and time management skills or review materials in which they are lacking. Others may consider what habits need to be moderated such as excessive partying.
Confucius also said, the next step to wisdom is to imitate those who best portray the success the student is trying to gain. When looking for someone to emulate, students need to look no further than Tennessee State’s upperclassmen.
For example, Shaylyn Rice, a theater major in her junior year, and a member of the university’s Honors College, had much to share when asked what advice would she give underclassmen.
“You have to learn how to prioritize. You really have to map out your days and how you are going to get everything done. But, you also have to factor in some personal time. For me, having a large planner to plan out my week and a to-do list in order of importance works best”.
Rice was also asked to reflect on her time spent at TSU. “I’ve loved my college experience thus far; it has taught me so much and has allowed me to grow as a woman. But, if I could do one thing differently it would be to allow myself time to rest because that relaxation is what keeps your body and mind pushing”.
Lastly, all students are faced with the lingering element of experience in the quest for wisdom. The question that remains is how will university students gather experience to eventually allow others to imitate them.