The first semester is something of a scary urban legend among college students. I have several friends with whom I had the pleasure to serve in the IDF, who also study in Tel-Aviv University. None of them told me that it's going to be easy, a piece of cake or anything like that. They told me to brace myself, hang onto the edge, stare into the eyes of fear, etc.
Well, my impressions vary. It hasn't felt like a nightmare yet, but it's not easy either. I have a lot of catching up to do after graduating from high-school six years ago. The pressure and demands are high since it's a double degree program, but the feeling of satisfaction after learning something new and interesting diminishes natural doubts and fears which arise during this uneasy period.
I took five courses this semester, two of them are related to physics and the rest are math-related courses. To be honest, I've always preferred physics over math, but I'm a person who's trying to find something interesting even in the dullest of subjects, so I believe that I won't be bored for long. The physics courses are great however, and we had the funniest lecturer in classical mechanics who really knows how to reach the students. Now that the semester has ended, I'm left with the felling that the whole class has been putting a lot of effort into studying, myself included, so hopefully we'll all do well in the upcoming exams. Nevertheless, even if the prophecies of my friends do come true, it's not the end of the world, just the end of the first semester.
Apart from all that, I also volunteer as part of the scholarship's mentoring program.
I have the pleasure of tutoring two bright high-school students from Tel-Aviv every Thursday. I've had some experience in tutoring, so nothing felt unnatural, but I was surprised at the ease these two young individuals grasp new concepts in the subjects they're studying. I definitely foresee a bright future for those two and I hope to accompany them during these critical three years of high-school.
In conclusion, this semester was not easy at all but I feel like it's the rough beginning of a good decision. I have a positive vision about the future, now it's in my hands to make it so.