Semester Numero Uno

Katie Daly

After my first year of college, living away from home, there are a few things that I have found happiness in. I have made friends, lost friends, and in the process found myself. Coming into college as a transfer student I thought, first of all, I would not meld as well as I have. Being a transfer, however, has pushed me to thrive for things I never thought I could. Secondly, it has given me a better understanding of how to handle all the situations that have arisen in my past year.

Arriving as a transfer junior was like coming to college as a freshman. I had the experience of moving into a college dorm, the feeling of being completely overwhelmed by the size of a new place, getting lost in EVERY single building I stepped foot in, and of course coming to where I knew absolutely no one and feeling completely alone. That feeling evaporated as I met three girls who would quite frankly make my semester. Whether it was full of drama or a bunch of laughs I can say it set the bar for what college had in store for me, from rumors to tears to the stresses of everyday college life to everything in between. As this friends group began to dissipate, it didn’t make me sad per say, but helped me realize things don’t last forever and that some people are more than they seem. Assumptions are sometimes just that.

Your first few months in a college or any institute will be your first true test of sanity, it is good to find someone that doesn’t judge the book by its’ cover and is naturally calming to even you out. Through the stresses of my first semester, I met this spontaneous girl. From random selfies to awkward jokes, I knew that our name wasn’t the only thing we would have in common. With the loss of monumental figures in our life early on in our college semester we leaned on each other for not only support but motivation to better ourselves as we pushed harder and farther. Follow her on Insta!

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5 Core Things I Learned In The First Semester:

  • Buy a fan or heater depending on your move-in dates, as well as, a few core items for each season. In New York, the seasons’ changes will make or break you.
  • Get to know your roommate(s), hallmates, and/or suitemate(s) believe it or not you’ll need each other more than you think whether it be as serious as an emergency fire drill or as simple as borrowing a broom.
  • Adventure! Do NOT stay in your room all the time. Even if this is something you are used to, get out of your comfort zone.
  • Laugh a lot… whether it be the next internet crazed cat video, or at yourself that is one of the only ways to survive the urge to throw yourself off a bridge when you have reached your breaking point.
  • Last but not least, remember that happiness is discovered in the little things. From your college crush picking up your pencil for you to your first A to leveling up in that RPG you have been playing for 12 hours straight always be on the look out for the little things life as to offer.

Where will happiness be discovered next?

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