Alexis Marchitte—I am only a freshman, but college has taught me more about life in these short 2 months that I’ve been here than I experienced my whole high school career. Your freshman year is all about rediscovering yourself and finding your groove, as I like to put it. To prospective students far and wide, this is what I’ve learned so far:
- You will learn to appreciate all the little things about home that you normally wouldn’t think about twice. I miss having a room to myself where I could lay in my pillow-top bed all day long if I wanted to. I miss having a home cooked meal every night surrounded by the people I love the most. I miss being covered in dog hair by the cutest dogs in the whole world. I even miss shivering in the cold at my sister’s soccer games. Although I miss all these things, I am so happy to be able to share a room with 2 girls who I call my best friends. I always have someone to help me pick out an outfit and someone to go with me to the Wegman’s food court to have a ‘home-cooked’ meal. To be honest, I miss my dogs but definitely not the dog hair! And now I get to stand in the cold and cheer on Brockport’s football team!
- I also have been forced to learn time management. High school was easy! You went for 8 hours, maybe went to practice, did your homework, ate dinner, and went to work or bed. Everything had a scheduled time. Now your classes range from 8 am to 9 pm and you need to work out a time frame to do your studying, eat a balanced diet, stay active, and it’s important to socialize. I am definitely still working on my time management; I am a big procrastinator but I’m learning. I find that keeping a calendar to designate when you’re going to study, go to the gym, and meet your friends for dinner is extremely helpful. It keeps you in line and time management is a really great trait to have. Just make sure to leave time for yourself!
- Having to make friends in college is like the first day of kindergarten all over again except your mom isn’t here to hold your hand, so it’s even worse. I came from a small high school where I grew up with the same 100 kids for 12 years. I knew them all like the back of my hand. Now I’m here with around 8,000 students and I didn’t know a single one of them. For me, this was the hardest part about adjusting to college. It is funny to look back on now because I have the most amazing friends in the world. My roommates and I have become so close. I got really lucky to have such cool roommates (love you guys). Every Thursday I watch Grey’s Anatomy with a group of girls and every Sunday I watch the Buffalo Bills play with my guy friends. I haven’t made any friends in my classes yet but I’m sure once I start taking classes in my major I will find a perfect group to study and hang out with. Everything takes time — don’t get discouraged!
- There are so many resources on campus! I could probably write a whole novel on all the resources available for us Brockport students. Even being new on campus I already have used so many, but I’ll only elaborate on a few. Unfortunately the Freshman Flu was inevitable for me, as much as I disinfected the room when my suitemates were sick. I was able to go to Hazen, the health center on campus, and they were so helpful. Not only do they deal with illness but you can go to them with any issues you have; they offer counseling as well. Another resource available is the library and everything inside. I have already spent a few late nights there catching up on some studying. There you are able to enjoy a quiet environment with the friendliest staff available to always help you, whether you need to find some sources for a paper or the printer is out of toner. Also the café comes in handy when you need a late night snack or a cup of coffee for midterm week. They even have the comfiest couches on campus. The most important resource of all is the SERC. I don’t even know where to begin. Remember when I said you had to stay active? Well the SERC is your place and it’s all free! Whether you want to lift weights, play basketball in the gym or take a Zumba class, this is the place to go! You pay a lot of money to have these resources available to you, so use them!
I’ve definitely learned my fair share of lessons since I got here but these are the big 4! My advice to anyone that is struggling through freshman year or is afraid about entering college is:
You live and you learn.
It is ok to make mistakes as long as you take it and learn from it, then you move on and make a new mistake and learn from that too. It’s going to take time, but you are definitely not alone. Good luck!