Jenny Xiao (BA, Year 2)

Jenny Xiao (BA, Year 2)

Jenny Xiao (BA, Year 2)

For me, this semester has been absolutely wonderful! After a whole year of hard work, I finally made it onto the Dean’s Honors List! Of course, the journey hasn’t been easy—I had to make many difficult decisions, find out where my interests really lie and constantly strive to improve myself. The greatest challenge that I have met so far is handling with the workload that comes with two majors and a minor. Aside from taking six courses a semester to fulfill graduation requirements, I’m also quite active in extracurricular activities and have been taking non-credit German lessons. The (absolutely insane) workload that I have to deal with definitely helped me improve my time management skills and learn to be more efficient when studying and dealing with other tasks. I started to use an academic calendar to manage my time, remind myself of deadlines, and fight procrastination. I managed to deal with the workload in an 8-hour workday and learned to become more focused when I study/work. Anyway, I don’t regret any of my choices and still believe that people only grow when they step out of their comfort zone.