Heather Tierney is from Dallas, Texas is currently a student at Sam Houston State University majoring in Computer Animation. She has a passion for video games, movies, writing and reading and she is very interested in 3D animation in particular and has also studied 2D animation, stop motion animation, and experimental animation. She will graduate from Sam Houston State University in spring of 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts.
I remember looking up at the big tall building that would be my new home as my parents and sister were unpacking everything that I had from the car. I couldn’t help but feel pretty excited but honestly I also don’t think I’ve ever been more scared in my entire life. I always liked being home and around my family and friends from high school, but here I was about to enter into a place that would be my new home where I had no friends and no family to back me up. I’ve always been a very nervous and shy person so it was always hard for me to make friends. Worst of all, the roommate I was assigned never showed up so I was completely alone in my tiny little dorm room.
While I was unpacking everything I had I just kept thinking in my mind that everything would be ok and that these years were supposed to be the best years of my life from what everyone told me. I’ll never forget the moment when my parents first left me after unpacking all of my stuff, there were tears coming down their eyes and they were so happy and excited for me. After they left though, I went back to my room and cried the rest of that night because I was so scared that I wouldn’t make any friends and that the classes were going to be so hard. I remembered finally crying myself to sleep while being all alone in that little dorm room having no one there to comfort me.
And that was my first day in college. Sounded like fun right? Well not everyone is a nervous shy train wreck like me so you won’t have too much to worry about. What can I say about going from High School to College though? Well in all there really isn’t much you can do that can prepare you for it. Sure you can take college credit classes in High School and have the experience of taking a difficult classes just like in college, but if you’re like me and have been living with your parents your whole life, than you are in for a surprise. Living on your own while taking very difficult classes that have you doing homework for hours on end is not easy. You have to take care of yourself, grocery shop, take care of your place, get enough hours of sleep, have a social life, do a ton of homework all the time, it’s really quite overwhelming when you transition from High School to College.
Now I know all of that sounded pretty horrible, but it’s ok because while college is really difficult it is so worth it. I can honestly say I learned more in my first year of college than I did in my entire high school career. And I’m not just talking about learning in school, I’m talking about learning how to fend for yourself. You’ll learn how to juggle everything between taking care of yourself to school work to having a social life. It’ll take some time but you will get the hang of it and when you do, you’ll always be ahead of the game. The most important thing to take away from college in my opinion is learning how to manage your time on a day to day basis, so that when you get out into the real world, you’ll know exactly what to expect.
So what’s the best advice I can give if you’re a brand new freshman in college? Keep up with your grades, get engaged with your school, and make as many friends as possible. A few weeks after my first miserable day in college, I joined a sorority and that was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made. Not because it was something I specifically wanted to do (I was the first in my family to ever be in a sorority) but because it was something that was fun and I made a lot of great friends. And while being in a sorority/fraternity or a club is a lot of fun, you have to remember you’re in college to get a degree so keep your grades high and don’t slack off. Being peer pressured by friends and fellow sorority/fraternity/club members will happen very often so just always keep in mind that school comes first above everything. I know that being a freshmen is hard and overwhelming but you can get through it and it’ll always be rewarding. College can be the best years of your entire life, but that’s up to you.