Year of Firsts: College
Juggling the realities of being away from family and moving to a new town full of
unfamiliar faces to start college can be worrisome and stressful, but also exciting.
WHS 2015 alum Alli Wigham will start college at Denison University this fall. She believes that the school year will be extremely different from high school. “I’m going to be living in another town. After being accustomed to having my own room, I’ll be sharing a room with another person and my bathroom with students from an entire hall,” Wigham said.
The transition between high school classes and college classes is also a change for college freshmen who may be used to having smaller classes and different types of homework.
“I never really studied in high school, sorry teachers reading this, so I need to get some study habits quick, and that’s a fear,” Zack Buchholz, freshman at OSU said.
For most students, starting college also means saying goodbye to family and friends. One concern for Sydney Sleek, a freshman at Akron University, is adjusting to dorm life and living away from her parents.
“I think what’s going to be most different is not going to be able to come home everyday after school and see my parents and sisters,” Sleek said.
There are feelings of stress and pressure while preparing to attend college, such as each student’s course load and time management skills.
However, there are also many positive and enjoyable aspects of college, it a place to learn more and to find or follow true passion, it is also a place to meet new people.
There are many mixed emotions at the start of college. The pressure to get good grades, to make new friends, and to live in a new place can be overwhelming.
On the other hand, there are a lot of things about which to be excited, especially starting fresh in a new town.