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Thursday, September 29, 2011
Sitting here as a sophomore, it’s definitely interesting to look back on just one year ago, my first month in college. You always envision yourself at college and come into the semester with an idea of how it might play out. The first month of college is a whirlwind of emotions and new experiences, but is essentially a very special and vital part of your life.
Driving up to Ithaca College for freshman year was a nerve wracking five-hour trip. From my home on Long Island, all the way up to Ithaca, I had a lot of time to contemplate the obvious: Will I enjoy myself? Will I make friends?
There are a million questions that run through your mind. Despite the nerves, I was still so excited to start this new chapter in my life, be in Park, and meet so many new people.
Looking back on it, the first month is the hardest but such a growth experience. I remember feeling awkward hanging out with new people, being away from my family, sharing a room with two other girls, and figuring out what exactly I should do on the weekends. There were nights I sat in my room video chatting with my family, and embarrassingly enough, even my dog, and I realized the mindset I needed to adopt.
You have to open yourself up and allow yourself to meet people and have a good time. Being open to the experience is truly what it is all about. It’s the first step of growing up.
Ultimately, the first month is crucial, because it begins to shape the person you become and what exactly your place is at Ithaca College. I’ve met amazing people through becoming involved with clubs on campus and through Park. I’ve learned so much from professors. I’ve had the most memorable moments of my life here--even in that first month.
Now, I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else, with a different major, or with a different group of friends. Going through your first month with a positive attitude paves the way for an amazing college experience. Work hard but also enjoy yourself. It’s okay to be nervous. It’s normal to be a little homesick at times. It’s fine to struggle with your workload in the beginning.
It’s all about what you make of it.