Hi there all! My name is Lindsey and I am going to be a senior in the coming fall semester. I am an Environmental Studies major with a double minor in Spanish and Global Health and Development. I am from Maryland and studied abroad in Costa Rica for a semester.
The summer before my first year at Allegheny was nerve-wracking and stressful, but above all of that, I was so so excited to be going off to college and starting a new adventure. We had all of my college things piled in my entry-way getting ready to move it up to school and as the pile grew, so did my excitement.
Every new form I submitted I knew I was one step closer to setting foot on the campus I would call home for the next four years. After what seemed like forever, I found out I was living in Brooks and met my roommate via Facebook and email. Leading up to move-in, we were planning what to bring that we would share: the microwave, mini-fridge, etc.
At last, the day came to pack up our minivan and move me into college! The four hour drive with my parents and the van packed to the brim with my entire life was thankfully uneventful, but so long, I was impatient to get there. Once there, we were helped by so many volunteers to carry my stuff up the three flights of stairs into my room. My roommate and I were moving our things in at the same time and everything just seemed so chaotic! It was not what I expected, but I honestly can’t tell you what I did expect.
Orientation was so busy and there were so many things to still do before my parents left me! We had to get my ID card and key, figure out my post office box information, decide what to do about banking, a stressful day, but one of the most exciting days I’ve had. Moving in and getting everything situated in your room is a process, don’t expect to get it perfect in the two hours you have to move your things in.
Freshman year is one of the biggest transitions of your life: moving on from all of the good or bad things that happened in high school, meeting new friends, learning how to live on your own without your parents, etc. I really suggest for incoming freshman to accept that your first semester of college is an adjustment period, not everything will go smoothly, but you will learn so much about yourself and who you are and have so much more knowledge to share, which is the point of college in the first place, right?
You have so many new adventures ahead of you and you need to take advantage of them. Be wary of your grades, but most of all, enjoy learning, enjoy the people and community around you, and make your college experience worthwhile!