My first impressions at IMSA so far have been pretty good. I came to Excel so when I arrived on Thursday, I knew a lot of people and felt pretty well set in. As the days progressed however, I felt very homesick and rather lonely since I didn’t really talk to the people in my wing. Now I am socializing a lot more with my “Wingmates” and I try to be around people in order to not feel homesick. School and meetings also tend to keep my mind occupied so as not to think regularly about home. I feel that I am more homesick now than I was during Excel because this time, I’m going to be here for the entire year and not just 3 weeks and this was preventing me from being social and making new friends. Now that I am adjusting to life here at IMSA once again, I feel a lot more confident in what is to come this school year. I have already made many friends and my homesickness has begun to diminish. The classes look like they’re going to be very challenging and rigorous. I am excited to learn new things here at IMSA but at the same time, I am nervous about the workload that will begin to set in. Nonetheless, I love learning new things and I feel that IMSA is going to challenge me beyond my imagination and by the end of it, I will be a much better student and learner. The classes here seem to avoid spoon feeding you the material and it requires you to draw your own conclusions and use them in a variety of different ways. The teaching style here forces you to analyze deeply and think critically about problems and bringing a solution. I know that by the time I am finished here, I will be a much more ethical and immersive student/learner.
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