1 down, 7 to go: Finishing my first semester while appreciating the little things in life

Things have gone smoothly since I first arrived on campus in August. Life is good and I can’t complain! I want to highlight some of my favorite little things about Geneseo because the little things are always the most important. Recently, I discovered the peach tea from Starbucks is my new beverage staple; the upstairs of the Union is my go-to study spot; and I just bought some Geneseo sweats that I could easily wear every day of my life. The sunsets still amaze me and so does the granola from Red Jacket. I even added a new favorite cereal to my collection: Chocolate Chex. If you haven’t tried it yet, I promise you’ll get hooked! Currently, I’m creating my schedule for next semester, and I’m eager to take some psychology and sociology courses which are right up my alley! In high school, these were the types of classes that engaged me the most, so I typically do well in them. Even though I feel like the fall semester flew right by, I’m excited for a change in my routine and to explore more of my interests both in and out of the classroom.

I’ve found that appreciating the little things allows you to gain perspective on the bigger things, those aspects of life that can be challenging or a major struggle. For example, people are not lying when they tell you college classes require more time and effort than high school. Your grades might start out a little lower than they were in high school, and some classes may have you staying up way past your normal bedtime, but that’s okay. Thanksgiving break is around the corner, and even though I love the people I’ve met here and cannot wait to spend the rest of the year with them, it feels like it’s been forever since I’ve seen family and friends. On the one hand, I’ve enjoyed the freedom of living on my own and being more of an independent adult, but I cannot wait to be with my parents again for the week. I miss them and small pleasures like being able to light a candle or driving my car. Going back to Rochester and the house I grew up in gives me a nostalgic feeling like no other. Being away at school has made me value these relationships because it’s easy to take people for granted when you see them every day. I’m also ready for a break because the amount of essays and tests I’ve had the last couple of weeks are wearing me down physically and mentally. I’m looking forward to the chance to relax and recharge at home.

Overall, I feel like the adjustment as a first-year has gone really well. College is the perfect combination of the autonomy and responsibilities of adulthood mixed with the fun of still being a kid!

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