by Joyce Chu
Attending a new school can be hard, especially when you have to find a new group of friends, share a room with strangers and find a new routine. What if you don’t get along with your roommates? What if you don't have any friends? What if you can’t handle being at a different school, away from home? Many college freshmen experience this kind of environment as they begin their new journey in college.
Aaron Wong, a freshman construction engineer major at Cal Poly Pomona, said that going to college was a lot like what he expected it to be and that he learned how to be more independent. Wong continued to say that chose his school because they are well-known for their engineer program.
Katherine Lam, a freshman business major at University of California, Irvine, said that going to college was very different and her classes are a lot bigger compared to her high school. Lam said she chose her school because she wanted to stay close to home. She describes her experience as a slow start with a lot of free time, but eventually when she got the hang of things, she started to find clubs that she was interested in and became more involved in her university.
Andrew Cheng, a freshman film major at New York University, chose his school because he once visited New York and fell in love with it. He said that there are times where he misses home, but he loves the east coast. He says that he hopes college helps him to one day be a successful movie director.
Although attending college is stressful, there are many ways to cope. These three students all found ways to take advantage of the opportunities surrounding them and make it a good first year.