Alexis Marchitte—Well, I finished my first year of college at Brockport! I finished finals and have been working 45 hours a week at home ever since — ah, living the dream! I wanted to share with everyone what I learned freshman year and hopefully help potential freshmen get an idea of what college will be like!
It’s so funny because the day you get dropped off you are full of emotions, you’re both excited and nervous about this new chapter in your life. I was excited but also terrified that I was about to live with 3 strangers in a whole new town. But then on move-out day I couldn’t stop crying as I was saying goodbye to all my new friends who had become my home away from home. (The picture above is my suitemates and I crying and hugging as I was leaving). I know it’s only a few short months before I’ll see them again, but I couldn’t help it, I was going to miss them! Fortunately, within a few hours after leaving Brockport, we all bought Zac Brown Band concert tickets together, so I get to see them even sooner.
I can’t believe how much has changed since the day I moved in. I’m here to tell you that I am very different now from the day I moved in. It’s not a bad thing, change is a good thing! I’ve learned more in my first year of college than I learned in all of high school — not just educational stuff; I learned a lot about myself too. I know who I want to be, I know where I want to go and what I want to accomplish. You just have to be ready to throw yourself out there into this new world of experiences and try a little bit of everything. I’m sure you’ve heard thousands of times from relatives and orientation leaders about joining every club you can when you come to college, and I’m sure you said “yeah yeah I will” even if you have no intentions to do so. My advice to you as someone who just finished their freshman year: DO IT. Join a club sport because it will help you stay busy and active. The freshman 15 is VERY real, so definitely stay active; if you can’t motivate yourself to go to the gym, then join a sport because then you’re obligated to go work out! I regret not reaching out to the women’s lacrosse club because I really wanted to get back into playing, but I was too late. Join other clubs that interest you as well. In the beginning of the spring semester I heard about the Habitat for Humanity Club and I jumped at an opportunity to go to Florida with 18 other students and build houses for the less fortunate. I signed up to go, 2 days before they left for Florida. Not only did I make a lot of new friends and memories, but I learned a lot about what I want to do with my life. I know now that I want to spend more time volunteering and traveling. Although this was off campus, I learned a lot about myself on campus as well. It’s funny because my entire dorm hall of 32 kids didn’t become friends until the end of the year because we were all too afraid to introduce ourselves. Now most of us are living in the same rooms or halls next year so we can stay in touch! The college has so many activities on campus on the weekend too, if you aren’t interested in going out, although I do suggest trying it at least once. The college puts on many events in the student union with plenty of activities, free food, music and educational/informational things as well. I thought they were all lame in the beginning of the year, but now I wish I had gone to more things like that because maybe I would have met some more people!
So I guess that’s it, my biggest piece of advice to you is to put yourself out there and try new things. College brings so many new opportunities and experiences that you would never have the resources to reach if you didn’t go to college. Many of them are free or cheap, too! It’s going to be scary at first, but just remember that everyone is or was in the same boat as you. It’ll make your experience that much better if you just throw yourself out into the world! You won’t regret it!