View from the outside: Nick LeBlanc

View from the outside: Nick LeBlanc

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FC alumnus shares first impressions of college

Feather Staff | The Feather Online

Nick LeBlanc, ’17, graduated last year and currently attends St. Mary’s College of California.

Even though it feels like I just graduated high school, I am already done with my first semester of college. I am attending Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga, CA, and am working towards a Business Administration degree. I had many ups and downs during my first few months but I felt that my first semester of college was average.

After coming out of high school a straight-A student, I was surprised by how quickly my classes jumped into the lessons. I found myself falling behind in the first few weeks. In fact, I actually failed my first college exam. It was for my accounting class and I started off the year by earning a ‘D’ in the class.

Realizing that I wasn’t reaching my full potential, I quickly turned things around. I ended up getting a ‘B’ in the class and finished the year with a 3.17 GPA. Looking back, I realize that college isn’t as hard as many people make it seem. As long as you stay organized, show up to class and do the homework, college isn’t really that hard.

Realizing that I wasn’t reaching my full potential, I quickly turned things around. I ended up getting a ‘B’ in the class and finished the year with a 3.17 GPA. Looking back, I realize that college isn’t as hard as many people make it seem. As long as you stay organized, show up to class and do the homework, college isn’t really that hard. — Nick LeBlanc

The thing I enjoy most about college is my job. Early in the year, I got a job in the athletic department working for the events management team. I help set up and break down sporting events. I primarily work basketball games because my school is known for having a good men’s team. I get paid a decent amount and I get to be surrounded by what I love making it very enjoyable.

My first semester of college had plenty of highlights and low points which has left my overall view towards school being just average. Despite the mediocre start, I have already learned some valuable lessons.

I realized that the people you meet and the friends you make at college can not compare to your friends from high school. Luckily for me, I have stayed close to my high school buddies and we are able to pick up right where we left off every time we hang out.

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St. Mary’s College of California is located in Moraga, CA, 20 miles east of San Francisco.

I have also noticed throughout my campus that there aren’t a whole lot of people that seem to have a relationship with Christ. Many students would rather go to parties or drink than develop a connection with God. While at college, you become exposed to a lot more things, which can lead to an increase in temptation.

The desire to fit in and be like the group can grow on you. I believe that the easiest way to fight off the temptation is to have a solid foundation in Christ. Having a strong relationship with God is key in not being easily persuaded by your classmates.

While my first semester of college may not have gone exactly as I had envisioned it, I still am looking forward to what the next few years have in store.

Nick LeBlanc worked on The Feather from 2014-17. In his last year, LeBlanc was the Senior Editor on staff.

For more columns, check out COLUMN: Roman Endicott discusses life choices. For more articles, read Seniors show skill, dedication on the soccer field.

Nick LeBlanc can be reached via twitter @_NickLeBlanc

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  1. Logan Lewis
    Logan Lewis January 12, 2018 at 8:23 am - Reply

    Nick! So happy to see you continue to contribute to The Feather even after you graduated.

  2. Juliana Lozano
    Juliana Lozano January 12, 2018 at 9:50 am - Reply

    Really great to read this as a senior! I’ll be sure to keep the advice in the article in mind when I enter my first semester of college.

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