A reflection of freshman year

I moved into Geneseo last year on the 28th of August 2020. This was my first time going back to an educational environment since Covid-19 hit in early March. I was extremely nervous to begin college, especially after practically doing close to no work for the past year. I was expecting a random roommate whose name was Randy. He ended up never coming to Geneseo, which left me in a double room with no roommate. I had both beds pushed together and honestly had a nice setup. On the flip side, the bad part about not having a roommate was that you really didn’t have anyone to keep you in check. There was no one to ask you to clean up your side of the room or ask you to go hang out with their friends. It was tough and honestly lonely.

I’m not saying that I blame not having a roommate for my lack of social interaction, but I didn’t have anyone to push me to go out and have fun. Especially with Covid and all online classes, meeting new people was harder than ever before. I made a good number of friends in Freshman Orientation, which really helped kick start my college experience. My advice to freshmen who just moved in is to be outgoing. The other students are in the exact same boat as you, and it took me a while to understand that. Everyone wants to find friends to hang out with, but no one ever wants to initiate the conversation.

About five days after I moved in, I had a group of friends and was starting to feel good about this whole college thing. Then I started to get homesick. I had made the decision to bring my car to college which in hindsight, was a mistake. I live in Rochester, which is only a 30-minute drive, and it allowed me to go home way too much and to use it as an escape. The trip would usually take an hour round trip every Tuesday which was a colossal waste of money and time that could have been spent on schoolwork and becoming more involved in the college atmosphere. I believe that no freshman should bring their car to college. I made that mistake, and because of that I went broke and became distant from college life.

I am a sophomore now, and I made the decision not to bring my car. It is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I don’t have to worry about gas, insurance, or car repairs and can have money to spend on what I want to spend it on. I also played on the lacrosse team my first year until I was injured. Lifting and tryouts started six days after I moved in last year. I highly recommend joining either a club, sports team, or even Greek life because lacrosse taught me time management. That, in my opinion, is the key skill any college student can learn. It helps you manage your stress and anxiety by having a plan and getting it done, so you don’t have to cram at the last minute. My first week was a roller coaster, but I got through it and made it through that entire year, so anyone else can make it too.

This year, my sophomore year, I am taking INTD-105 Theatre Therapy for Veterans. This is my second time taking an INTD-105 course. Now I know what you’re thinking, yes, I did fail my first INTD course. So, coming into this course, I had very low confidence in being able to do good work and pass the class. To my surprise, I have fallen in love with this course. The difference between this course and the other course that I had taken was this course has a theme. It gives me something to focus myself on rather than just writing assignments about whatever topic the article given is about. I feel as though given a theme to focus on allows me to refine my English skills and learn about a major part of our country at the same time. Taking this course with Professor Arena has opened my eyes about what being a veteran after serving really means. She has given me an insight on how PTSD can affect veterans as she is a veteran herself. We are only one month into the semester, but I am excited to see what the rest of this class has in store.

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