I moved into my dorms August 23rd, the last day I saw my family. I literally cried the whole 3 hour car ride here. That day was pretty rough, but that night was a completely different story. I adjusted really quickly after that day! I met a lot of new great people and UC Merced had a bunch of events the first 2 weeks. I felt like I was alone at the beginning and I felt like I was the only one who was homesick but to be honest, everybody was. I was actually pretty lucky to be living “close” to my family. Many, many people come from 8 hours away or even longer! I talk to my parents really often and I’m excited to go back home next weekend, but nothing beats the college experience. It’s a really nice change and I’m so glad I was brave enough to come out here rather than conform to Sonoma State University.