Looking Back at My First Semester

I know this might sound cliché, but in my experience, time passes by pretty quickly. I remember in high school, I used to look back on previous terms and think to myself, “Wow, was that really three months? It felt more like three weeks.” The strange thing is, I can’t say the same thing about my college experience, and I think that’s a good thing.

Maybe it’s because the semesters in college are a month longer than the ones in high school (actually, that’s probably why), but I’d like to think that it’s because my time in college has been so much more memorable. Classes didn’t take up too much of my time during the fall, so I had more than enough time to join clubs, meet lots of new people, and explore the city of Pittsburgh.

I played one season of ultimate Frisbee in high school, and I thought playing in college would be a fun way to both make friends and stay in shape. I tried out for Yuk, the men’s club Frisbee team, and after two months of tryouts, I made the team! Playing on the club team has been an incredible experience. Around once every month, we spend the weekend traveling to and playing at high-level Frisbee tournaments. I’ve gotten the chance to visit Niagara Falls (and some random US states) just from the Frisbee trips!

As for other clubs, I’ve joined MoneyThink and Scottie Ventures. MoneyThink is a club focused on educating local high school students about financial literacy. Preparing lessons for the students not only trained me to become a better communicator and planner, but it also taught me about the financial literacy topics that I never had the chance to learn about. Scottie Ventures opened my eyes to the world of startups and venture capital. I’ve had the opportunity to pitch startups, conduct research projects about Blockchain, and participate in mock competitions. I’m excited to find out what else I’ll learn from these clubs in the coming semesters.

However, many of my favorite moments from this semester have nothing to do with school, sports, or clubs. Whether it was doing crosswords with my friends at 3 am or watching movies (also at 3 am), visiting new restaurants in Pittsburgh or the nearby Target for the third time, I never knew how much fun I could experience from seemingly ordinary events. I remember wondering what college life would be like before school started, but it turns out that I actually had nothing to worry about.

Jonny Wu | Undergraduate Business 2023
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