Once upon a time, I came to college as an overly confident, lazy, and mediocre student who had never had to try too hard in school. I was quickly overwhelmed by college academics, unsure of how to navigate the heavy course load and high expectations. I tried harder in school than I ever had, but it still didn't seem to be enough. At the end of my sophomore year, I was exhausted and discouraged. I had a lower GPA than I ever wanted and I had no idea what to do.
In high school, I was able to breeze by with A's without studying at all. I could half-do my homework and never read a chapter and make it through the semester with better-than-most grades (except in math... I hate math). I didn't study, I didn't apply myself, but I never finished a class with a poor grade. I considered myself a natural genius. College taught me that I am, in fact, not.