As a recently-soloed pilot with about 6-7 hours solo, doing short XC flights, my confidence was growing quickly, but yesterday it took a big hit. Usually I fly early in the morning and am done by 9:30-10:00 am. Yesterday I left work early and went to the airport to fly around 3:00 pm. I had not flown the day before due to the onset of a cold. The cold seemed to have only lasted that one day, but my stomach felt a little weird. Still, I'm always a little nervous and don't want to start finding excuses not to fly. So I went. Probably a mistake. I took off and immediately was not havin fun. I was not used to the bumpiness of the afternoon air, and the winds were variable at 6-8 kts. I was not climbing well and fighting turbulence, which was not leaving me much time to think strategically. I just wanted to land. My first approach was going ok, but I was having a hard time maintaining speed and was behind the airplane. In retrospect I think there was a quartering tailwind component coming and going. I was too high and went around, which I've only done once on a solo. Second time around I extended downwind to give more time to get set up, and again was too high, too fast, go around. So now I'm starting to be concerned. I decide to leave the pattern to the south and regroup. Ok, straight and level is going well. I call the "big airport" which is five miles away, and to which I have never flown - I've never been to a towered field as a pilot yet; but I've gotten flight following from them before. I call them and confess: " I'm a student pilot, having trouble landing at (little airport) due to xwind, do you have a rwy facing more into the wind for me?" Of course, they do. I ask for a direction to fly and tell them I've never been there, nor to a towered airport, and to please tell me specifically what to do. No problem, Approach is super nice, gives me a squawk and a vector, then turns me over to tower. Tower gives me a clearance to land. I ask for pattern altitude and he tells me one that seems awful high but I comply. Halfway down downwind he corrects himself so I start a descent on downwind, kind of a new experience. He extends my downwind and says he'll call my base. Remember this is all new, I've read about it but haven't done it. I watch a big jet take off on my runway as I'm abeam the numbers and worry about wake turbulence. He calls base, I turn, turn again for final - and relax completely. The runway is the biggest thing I've ever seen! I can't mess this up, winds or no winds. I make a nice landing, carrying power, taking my time. It's neat to see the striping from the big jets. I flare a little high, but that's what Cherokees are for. I made good decisions, but it was not fun until it was over.