My first year of college has been an incredible experience. It had its up and downs but all in all it was a great year full of wonderful memories. I have learned so much also. The biggest take away from this year is the family I have gained at Linfield. I grew incredibly close to my softball team and all their families, along with my coaches and they have proved to be a great support system while I am so far from home. I have continued to learn the value of a team and how important it is to be able to work as a team.
In the past year, I have learned the value of time management and the importance of staying focused. That can be difficult in college, with so many activities going on around you. You have to remember the reason you at school is to get an education, and all the rest of it comes second. Paying for college myself is something that has been a challenge but I have simply tried my very best to make it work. It has caused me to value my education even more and I have also learned to make every moment count. Capitalize on every opportunity and make this college experience something to remember for a lifetime.
Oregon is such a welcoming, friendly environment compared to California. Everywhere you go, people say hello and go out of their way to help you. I’m not saying California is a bad place with bad people, but Oregonians are just friendlier. It was a very easy transition when I first went to Oregon and it has become a home away from home. I see myself possibly staying in Oregon after I graduate. I could not have imagined going to any other school but Linfield. Since it was so small, the experience I had there was much different than it would have been if I had gone to a UC or state school. All my professors knew me well and on a personal level. They were all so eager to help me succeed and the liberal arts education I am getting is well worth the large price tag.
My first few weeks at Linfield College have been some of the most intense, yet rewarding weeks I have ever experienced. Being on a college campus is so different than living at home and going to school, especially in a different state. I am constantly surrounded by peers and friends and we are always together. It is strange to so rarely find myself completely alone. Sharing a room has been quite an experience. It is a lot of fun, because I am very close with my roommate, and we are always together, but at the same time, I am starting to wish we had some more time alone.
There is so much to do around campus. I knew I was going to be involved with softball, but I soon found myself interested in Greek Life as well. It is great way to get involved in community service and to get involved in activities on campus. Like most aspects of college, Linfield Greek Life is very different from what I thought it would be, based on my perception of college. The girls are never catty, and always friendly. Everyone gets along and supports each other, even when they’re in different sororities.
The hardest aspect of college is time management. Being involved in different things is hard because everything is so time consuming. Plus, I have 16 credits that I am taking so it is difficult to find time for studying. Usually I do it after practice, when I am tired and want to sleep. However, so far I feel I am doing well in my classes. The subjects are interesting and I am learning about things I never even cared to think about. The hardest aspect of class is the reading. Professors assign so much of it and it is so time consuming. Another difficult aspect is trying to write papers. For me, all my classes are in completely different disciplines. So my anthropology teacher wants her essay written completely differently than my history professor wants it done. Plus, the expectations are much higher in college. It’s an adjustment that simply needs to be made.
I do not really have anything that I would say I am really excited for in the future, except softball season. Every week I have some sort of event or activity that acts as something to look forward to. That is the nice thing about being so involved; there is never a dull moment. I am excited to continue to grow and learn, and become a well-rounded person!
-Kristen, Linfield ’16