Knowing Your Limits

An important part of college, as I have learned, is knowing your limits. I think its important to push yourself as an individual to challenge yourself, but not at the expense of your mental well-being or capabilities.

Well, I went to my new class on Monday, Latin American Film. The professor was surprised to see me because my name was not on the roster. However, the email I had received from Sol months ago said my second class would be Latin American Film. The professor said no biggie and we continued on with the class. Since I was now unexpectedly a class member now, the professor was 1 short of workbooks and syllabus, which made me feel uncomfortable.

After disbursing the class materials, the professor started to go through the syllabus. She read the requirement “20-25 minute presentation” and I internally began to freak out. Since I had only completed Advanced I, the rest of my classmates in Latin American Film had finished Advanced II; therefore, their Spanish is much better than mine. I felt intimidated thinking about trying to speak in front of better Spanish speakers.

As the class went on, I began to feel more and more uncomfortable due to my lack of confidence in my language abilities. Immediately after class wrapped up for the day, I emailed the Sol director to ask if I could switch to Advanced II.

Luckily for me, I was able to switch. On my second day of class/first day in Advanced II, I immediately felt comfortable because I was back with my classmates from Advanced I and the class was focusing primarily on speaking.

I am so glad I had the ability to change my schedule. When learning a foreign language, it is so important to be in a welcoming environment where you feel comfortable to mess up. For me, that place is Advanced II.

Leave a positive impression,

Sydney xo

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