Physics was always a preferred subject for me in high school, and I came to university with added curiosity. Curious to know more about the rules according to which our world runs, and also curious with my new experience- as a university student.
After one intense semester, I can say that I learned a new way of thinking, one I wasn't really used to. On the other hand, it is clear to me that I have only scratched the surface. I look forward to learning and enriching myself with more knowledge in the various courses I will be taking both in physics and math.
One factor that I did not expect was the big workload of studies and homework. Sometimes it feels like my studies are a constant race, that ends only at the end of the semester. Not always is it a good feeling, but when I stop and look back, I can sense my satisfaction.
Being part of the Shulich Leadership Program, I am expected to devote a few hours a week for volunteering. Sometimes it may feel like this big time investment can be used for studying, but alongside that- I am definitely happy with the opportunity I have to combine volunteering with my studies. This volunteering gives content and a special meaning to the rest of my week at university.
During these hours I go to a high school and tutor a girl who needs help with her math studies. I think that without the volunteering program, students like her would be having a harder time. Slowly a relationship is developing, and I hope to continue its development in more areas except for schoolwork, in order to be able to help her advance in more areas in life.
Another meaningful experience from my studies is getting to know a variety of people. I was raised in a rather homogenous community. Both at university and at my volunteering I am now meeting people at a range of ages (sixteen to sixty…), from different places, with a variety of lifestyles. I am very happy about this opportunity to broaden my horizons, and I'm looking forward to meeting many more new friends!