Guest Post: Life After Getting Into College

Kai is a Midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), Class of 2016.  He will graduate with an Aerospace Engineering degree, as well as completed the requirements for medical school.  He also runs on the USNA Cross Country and Indoor/Outdoor Track and Field Team.  Below are Kai’s reflections on the transition from high school to college: 


My high school was not a school people had to study hard to get straight A’s. I wish my high school taught me better study habits because I learned them the hard way in college. It hurt me in my first year in college. I thought I could get good grades with last minute studying and finish projects a few days before. I got a 3.40 combined GPA my freshman year, taking 18 credits both semesters.

But I met my three best friends and they taught me how to study and soon I was working on homework a month ahead of time and reading chapters not assigned. I was writing papers weeks ahead and revising them religiously every week to get it near perfect (but obviously never perfect). Now I have a 3.8+ GPA taking 24 credits a semester as an aerospace engineering major with pre-med, in fact I’m the only aerospace engineering major that is taking on the pre-med track and one of the few engineering majors in general on the pre-med track. And I have almost taken enough economics classes to major in that as well.

One of the biggest realizations I came to in college was I cannot do it all anymore like I did in high school.