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First-year Park Scholars share their experiences with the transition to collegiate life at IC

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by Jeremy Block '18

People say college changes you. Yet, here I am, thirteen weeks into my college career, almost done with my first semester, and honestly, my life doesn’t feel all that different.

I’m still the same person, just with a new routine. Perhaps you could say I’ve never had this much freedom before, but in a general sense, I was ready...

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by Kyle Stewart '18

“Wait, you are a documentary studies major? I thought you were business or politics.”

In my first three months of college, I have received comments similar to this one on numerous occasions, but I take all of these misunderstandings as compliments.

If other students are confused about what my declared major is, then I am doing...

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by Christina Rucinski '18

If you thought high school went by quickly, think again. The first semester of college could not have passed more quickly. Thanksgiving break is almost here, and I am frantically trying to register for my spring semester classes. While most college students are short on money, they are also short on time.

College offers so many opportunities to...

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by Vanessa O'Connor '17

When we were told at the Park Scholar orientation that time flies, I did not believe it. Yet here we are, already with one semester of college under our belts, and we barely had time to blink. I remember like it was yesterday sitting under the hot sun and the bugs were pestering my face as all the first-year students ate BBQ for the first time as one...

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by John Jacobson '17

As a Park Scholar, the end of the first semester is hectic. Clubs and organizations are winding down their activities with many holding applications for positions to begin in the two following semesters. Students are drinking more coffee than usual as they stay up in the library past midnight – or three a.m. – or they just never sleep. Finals week...

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