Student Minds

Academic achievement among freshmen

By Patrick Fleming
On April 27, 2017

An entire academic year can mean a lot for new students and old students, as it can provide new challenges for people as well as set them on the path to their future careers.

Because of this, several students were asked what their academic achievements for the 2016-2017 academic year were.

This was one of the harder Student Minds questions, since they had to think about what they were the most proud of.

Many students exclusively associated their achievements with whatever grade they ended up with.

"I’ve only had one B," Chase York, freshman, said. "The rest of my grades were A’s."

Other students shared this accomplishment.

Some students even surprised themselves with what they were capable of.

"Mine is definitely my English class," Laura Espinoza, freshman, said. "[Not] because I didn’t think I would pass it, but I just did tremendous in that class."

She was not the only student to focus on a single class as her major accomplishment, however, some students had different reasons for why these classes were particularly rewarding.

"I would think speech," Alex Melendez, freshman, said. "I’m not really scared to talk. It’s just public speaking and being in a small classroom, you don’t know [the other students]."

As a class that focuses on helping people develop better ways of talking to large groups of people, speech would be hard for anyone who is normally socially awkward.

Some students focused more on their overall grades and GPA’s, with the focus mainly on not flunking out.

"I haven’t failed a class yet," Kota Prain, freshman, said.

"I guess I’m passing all of my classes, so that counts for something right?" Andrew Granada, freshman, joked.

Yet, one student also talked about why it meant so much to her to make it through the year.

"I guess passing all of my classes, honestly," Brook Sommerfeld, freshman, said. "[You] hear about all of these people failing out of their classes and not being able to retake them, and I’m just glad that I didn’t have to retake any."

Most people glossed over the fact that making it through class and earning a passing grade still takes work, especially in some of the more complicated classes throughout the university.

"I was on the Dean’s List this fall, so I guess that’d be [my accomplishment]," Keeley McCaln, freshman, said.

Having to make at least having a 3.6 GPA, this is no small feat.

However, this would be one of the accomplishments that gets harder as the years go by.

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