My first impression of NMH was that it was going to be a walk in the park. To be honest, I didn't really have to study in my old school. I did maybe an hour of homework a night and aced the tests. Once I got here, though, I quickly realized that I would have to work hard. I wasn't used to spending three hours a night on homework. That was a shocker.
It took me a month or two to adjust, but now I have really good study habits. With the help of my student leaders and my advisor, I've gotten a good grasp on time management. Sometimes I think, "Oh, my god, there's so much work." But when I get like that, I think about the end product: what I'll be when I'm done, and how worthwhile it is to give 110 percent.
Being here has taught me how important it is to be myself. I have friends who have problems because they're one way around a certain group of people and another way with a different group. I've learned that when I'm true to myself around everybody, I can't go wrong. People like me for me. It feels better when you don't have to pretend to be somebody else.