Harrison Khong’s First Quarter at UCLA

About a month ago, the college students from all the UC ‘s took their finals. With that done, they were able to breathe comfortably as their winter break began. After finishing his first quarter at UCLA, Harrison Khong, an Argo alumnus and the co-valedictorian of the class of 2014, was able to do the same. Harrison was well-known and loved. He was also the Most Worthy Argonaut of 2015. Below he reflects on his first quarter at UCLA.

“My first quarter was a sobering experience. The curves in my classes played with my hopes. College is much tougher than high school. Although the courses are much harder, there are more resources in college in the form of tutoring groups, your teacher’s assistants, and professors.In some of the classes such as chemistry, we covered ALL of high school chemistry, which took a school year to do, in one day. If I needed help, I had to find it. However, I do miss how close I was with my teachers in high school. It’s much harder to build a relationship with your professors and TA’s because they’re so busy. Other than that drawback, I love college life. I love the freedom and the independence. Taking care of myself proves that I can handle myself without my parents. I really enjoy UCLA, and I don’t think I would trade it for another school. Sure, I hate walking 3-4 miles everyday to and from class, but the campus is beautiful especially when I get out of class at 4 and the sun is setting. Adjusting to college was not easy, and I’m still adjusting to it. The learning pace is faster, the curves can be mean, the competition is fierce, there’s a lot of distraction, and balancing my social and academic lives is pretty hard. In college the friends I made were people whom I knew fairly bit about. We ate dinner and broke bread over a conversation. It’s not like in high school where I would see a person and say “Hey, you’re in my math class.”

Finals week was stressful; I studied more in that one week than I did for my AP tests. During finals week, I disciplined myself to study from 6 P.M to 12 A.M, and it was tough. There were many distractions from archery practice to free movie screenings, but I had to make a sacrifice and delay my gratification. When I was studying for finals, my friends helped me greatly. Everyone in college is unique and smart in their own ways, and I just have to find out what mine are.”

By Khoa Vu