The New Kid on the Block: The Freshman Life

Lauren I. Hill is a senior Liberal Studies major at St. Edward’s University. With her major, her concentrations are English Literature and Religious Studies. She will be graduating in the Spring 2015. She is originally from Houston, Texas. Currently, she works as a Peer Counselor and College Advisor at Upward Bound at the University of Houston-Downtown. Along with being a full-time student, she is active in many clubs and organizations on campus such as Sigma Tau Delta, Pangea Educational Development, Seniors Staying Connected, Big Event Committee, and Women’s Bible Study and Support Group. Also, she is involved in community services in the cities of Austin and Houston. In her free time, she loves cooking, reading novels and inspirational books, writing, traveling, playing the piano, and spending time with friends and family.

The feeling of becoming a new college student, especially a freshman is a refreshing feeling. You are becoming an adult and gaining independence to be an adult without living under your parents’ roof. Whether you are attending college in or out of state, you will be away from your parents and living the college life. You had dreams about the college life and what do you expect on campus. The parties. The Greek life. The social life of college. But, you never stop to think about classes, professors, class schedules, homework, essays, studying, note taking, tests, lectures…the real life of college. The real life of college is much, much more than the social aspects of college.

On my first day of college as a freshman, I thought I knew everything about college. I believed my first day was to be simple and easy because I knew it all. I said, “This will be a breeze.” But, I was lost and confused. When I looked at my schedule, I did not know what were the names of the buildings, where my classes were located, do I have to take notes in class, how long does class last, and what is expected. I was a lost puppy. I was so lost and confused that I found myself going to the wrong class. When I finally went to the right class and found my professor, I explained to her what happened and she understood. Because she was so understanding, she did not count me absent for that day. After my first day of classes, I had made myself a thorough class schedule with times, locations, and names of professors so I would not be lost, confused, or absent from class.

Freshman year is usually the hardest year of college because you are the new kid on the block and have to learn the in’s and out’s of the real college life. Guess what? It’s okay. As an upcoming freshman, the professors will have high expectations from you which they set on the first day of classes. You are attending college not only to obtain a degree, but also to learn to be independent and maturing to become an adult. College is how you make it and learn from the experience. As a freshman in college, you will make mistakes,take risks, and asking plenty of questions. Through this transition, you will find yourself seeking help. Again, it is okay. Your freshman year helps you to grow and mature.

College is a great experience. It is a rites of passage from being young to an adult, as being naive to being mature. College does not discriminate against anyone. It is for anyone and everyone. Freshman year is your “trial and error” time where you are learning, growing, and experiencing new experiences. Once you have overcome the freshman year of college, every year of college becomes easier and easier. Your college experience will be your great success story. In order to reach graduation, you have to start from the bottom of the mountain and climb up to the top of the mountain. The top of the mountain is your graduation from college and entering into adulthood, and as an adult you will embrace and share those college experiences as life lessons to the next “new kid on the block”.

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