|This first month has been a roller coaster for me as a student. For the first time in my whole educational career, I am going to a school where I’m not familiar with anybody here. In some respect, I was very excited to go an experience a brand new adventure. On the other hand, I was nervous in unfamiliar territory. I think that my university planned my arrival, as well as other freshman’s’, pretty well. I separate us into groups and challenged us to have contact with each other. So I founded it easy to make friends in this very small university. All of the people that are in my class are very nice and I have not met anyone that would cause me any grief. Although I made a lot of friends, I often feel lonely in the halls because a majority of my friends are living in dorms. In order to access the dorms, we need to have certain keys open the entrance for us. Then there are separate keys to open the rooms. So it is hard for me to socialize with the people because of the locked gate in front of me. This is also the first time that I had to deal with the morning commute. It is already a thirty minute drive to get there on campus but the traffic adds another half hour. I also have to get use to waking up early because I always drop off my brother before I go and they start at 8. Unfortunately for me, the traffic is especially dense during that time. Another thing that I must adjust to is the workload that I have on my plate. I have a five class schedule and the amount of work that I have to do is ridiculous. To combat this I began to study with my friends and they inspired me to work hard but also enjoy what this place has to offer. Overall, I have had a positive experience in my first months and I hope that this trend will continue.|
The next chapter of my educational life, college; this is the moment I’ve been waiting for since I was eight years old. To have made it to this stage is such an exceptional exciting feeling to take all in. The day I walked the stage of my high school graduation was to me a level completion, after receiving my diploma I looked at myself and said “okay Will you did it, you got through the K – 12 school system; now let’s knock out college in four years and start your real life.” Here I am at Holy Names University in Oakland, CA, not too far away from home; but far enough to take care of my own business learning the system of adulthood. To see my mother’s face with all types of emotions, being proud of her third and last child being the first to go to college, sad about being without her Baby-boy after all 18 years, and the face of acceptance that her little boy is now turned into this young man going off to further his education and prepare for a successful life ahead.
Now moving into my dorm room, one of the most exciting aspects of college life. It was an easy process getting everything together, in about an hour time frame I had my room set and feeling like home which it did. Along with the dorm life of college came making new friends, which I did instantly just by being myself, seem like I didn’t have to do anything everybody came to me. For the next couples of days were really just getting to know my new home; the Campus. My campus was pretty to get a handle on, for the fact that it’s a small school. I knew where all my classes, the gym, student success centers were, and etc. So pertaining to whether my exceptions of the college dorm life were right, I can yes they were based on the school I knew I would be attending.
The first day of college was absolutely great, just by you create your own schedule, so my class flow was easy. I like all my classes and professors, now the professors at this school are amazing, just because they care about how you do in school. Since this campus has a small population the class ratio from student to teacher is maximum 15:1, so the connection with the teacher is very strong. Not like a UC school where they have like 100 students in a class and the teacher doesn’t even notice if a student missed class; on the other hand here at Holy Names the class is so small that the teacher will automatically notice that one his or her students are missing class and will ask you about your absences.
To sum up everything, I’m loving college it is truly the greatest experience a student could have in life. I want to thank the entire staff of the Ed Fund for funding my education and investing into my success.
Fall of 2012 is where it all began, new adventures, new people and new experiences. I experienced many achievements as well as failures, but never did I give up. As my first year of college proceeded, I learned to organize myself. Organization was a struggle for me, not only was I procrastinating but I also getting sick and going to the ER was taking time away from getting my stuff done. I was a struggle but the skill of organization took place and helped me contact my professors and get back on track in order to achieve my goals.
Something I learned about myself was that I did not know I had the potential to cope with a transition like this. That makes me believe that I can and am capable of overcoming anything if I set my mind to it, such as helping my community. In my community I learned that we need to care more about others. I have volunteered at a Senior Retirement home and that they are very lonely people. Their family members do not visit them often or at all. Something that I noticed was that the elderly did enjoy our visits and very much appreciate it. Everyone deserves to feel cared for and loved and what better way than to offer your care and love to others.
This first year has been great and I am so grateful to have been involved with my community and to just be making great memories that will be told throughout my adulthood. There is nothing better than a good feeling of achieving and giving to others, I believe we need to gain in order to give and that is what this year consisted of. And now I am looking forward to an amazing second year at Holy Names University.