In late August, as I said goodbye to my coworkers at the local ice cream shop in my hometown, I expressed to them that I wanted my first semester at college to go by fast. Fearing the unknown and what lay ahead, I simply wanted to jump to winter break, so I could be back home, hanging out with all of my favorite familiar faces. One of my supervisors, Dylan, told me not to wish away the first semester, and that before I knew it, it would be over. Now, looking back at the past 12 weeks, I realize that he was right.
Although it’s a cliche, time really does fly when you’re having fun. Sure, being a college student is no easy task. There have been times when I’ve been swamped with exams, deadlines, and readings—feeling utterly overwhelmed. I’ve had to learn the importance of time management, as well as choosing to isolate myself in order to be productive. Specifically, I love studying in the Union in the area right outside of Starbucks. This spot reminds me of the coffee shops in my hometown, and I really enjoy the cozy and welcoming atmosphere there. However, despite the stresses, I’ve had the most amazing experience at Geneseo thus far. I made friends that I know will last a lifetime, and I am fortunate enough to spend time with them each and every day. Since we all live on the same floor, any time spent outside of class is spent together—eating meals, hanging out, going to campus events, etc. My professors are kind hearted and understanding, making my adjustment to a college workload so much easier. I’ve grown as a person this fall, as I’ve become increasingly more independent and mature. I cannot wait to see what the future holds as I continue my collegiate journey. I am already looking forward to my second semester as I begin my blocks as an education major, but now I hope time slows down!