What did you do after graduating from high school?
I chose to attend University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and I am still currently studying there.
How has the pandemic affected you?
One major thing that has changed for me would be time management. When all of our classes were switched to virtual learning, I began to struggle a lot with completing assignments before the day they were due.
This became a positive change, though, because I knew that I would have to change the way I studied, as well as find my best learning method while being online. I was tired of always being stressed, and I knew that it wasn’t because I didn’t have the time to complete the assignments. Instead, I wasn’t setting aside the needed amount of time throughout the week to take care of these assignments.
Transitioning to online meant that I had to find new ways that helped me keep track of assignments, quizzes, and exams. I would usually forget about assignments and have to do double the work on the same deadline. Now, I am more organized and I have all of my assignments and important deadlines color-coded on a huge calendar so that I know exactly what I need to do and when I need to start it. I now have plenty of time to attend classes, get my homework done, participate in university student organizations, volunteer at a local hospital, and be a part of a teaching team internship for a human nutrition course on campus.
How did your Noble Schools’ education affect your experience?
Noble Schools helped impact the way I handled these past two years, whether it was financially helping me pay for a summer class to help me lighten my course during the school year, or providing me with the skills I needed to find my own rhythm. I also know that I can always reach out to my alumni success coach, Kadeem, for recommendations or even advice throughout the school year.
What advice do you have for current students?
It is important to remember that your path does not have to reflect others. I was always worried that I wasn’t doing enough and comparing others’ accomplishments to mine. I am now happier without the negativity and doubt I was inflicting on myself. There’s always going to be room for improvement and self-growth, and there’s no deadline for life decisions.