1. Confidence and a strong desire to work hard to succeed make a huge difference in my ability to believe I can do well in college.
2. My horrible grades from college in the 1990s don’t define the academic Amy anymore, especially since I got a 4.0 GPA this semester.
3. It is weird having professors who are younger than me, but some of them are wonderful.
4. Class participation and communicating with professors make a big impression.
5. I absolutely cannot procrastinate on school work. Just the idea of it makes me want to break out into hives.
6. I never want to write another paper about Niccolo Machiavelli again. Quizzes on the proper use of the comma, however, are fun.
7. I love my major. It’s so me, but I never would have had the confidence to tackle it when I was 18.
8. I never expected to be an involved student at my age, but now that I am, I can’t imagine just going to classes.
9. I love hearing my kids say, “Mom, I’m proud of you.” I also love how they ask me how my day was, instead of asking me if I washed a particular shirt or if I picked X up from the grocery store.
10. I rock and college is fun this time around.