Farewell September, hello October

(Steve Radford | The Oswegonian)
(Steve Radford | The Oswegonian)

Well, here we are, another day gone by. September is coming to an end and what a month it has been. I am a college freshman, so this has definitely been the most interesting month of my life. College is completely different from everything else that has happened in my life.

First thing is the rooms. I originally thought that the rooms were going to be small and I would not have room for any of my belongings. However, come move-in day, I was pleasantly surprised. My room in Johnson Hall has a high ceiling, plenty of room and a lot of wall space. Next, the classes. What the class will be like depends on the size. I love small classes far more than lecture halls. The professor focuses more on the students rather than on just getting all the information out to the class. The workload is entirely different from high school, this coming from someone who never had to do any work at all in high school. It is definitely a lot, but it is something that we all have to do.

Another important thing is time management. Most college students, including myself, have more than enough time on their hands between and after classes. During the first week of classes, I was not involved in any clubs, did not have a lot of friends yet, and did not have a lot of homework to do at the time.

However, once you start getting into the year a little more, you start to get involved. Freshmen have no idea how many ways there are of spending their time when they first come to college. There are part-time jobs, a large amount of clubs and several different events that happen around campus throughout the week for students’ entertainment.

One more thing I’d like to talk about is finding friends. I learned that it is really common for freshmen to feel as if nobody wants to be their friend. However, you need to realize that all freshmen on campus are in the same boat as you. All they want is to meet new people and make new friends. At first, I thought that the first crowd I met would be the crowd I would stay with. I was wrong. It’s the people you find afterward when you learn from your mistakes that you stay with. College is a time to form relationships with new people, even if you have to learn that the hard way.

There you have it. This is the beginning of college from the perspective of a freshman. It was not easy getting used to college life, but in time I believe I will think of it as the best years of my life. So it is time to say farewell to September and hello to October. Now that the first month of college is over and we have all settled in, it is time to start working hard.