Freshman life from Baltimore, Maryland’s Goucher College
I am back at school for second semester, the last half of my freshman year. The holiday break is like summer for high school, in that coming back means a new set of teachers and another chance to start over–a fresh start not just because college students can rid themselves of bad habits, but because (up north) we can change our identity behind all the winter gear!
When it is 10 degrees outside, leaving my bed is downright painful. Picking out an outfit seems pointless because my coat, followed by my fleece, followed by my sweater, get most of the exposure. Once I am ready to walk (or roll) out of the dorm, I brace myself against the cold, while trying to remember why I wanted to go to school in Maryland.
Last night my roommate and I decided we would room together next school year. It feels so good to be over the awkward hump of living with a stranger. Yes, sometimes I think the TV is turned on too loud, or that her desk lamp is too bright when I am trying to fall asleep, but it is all very different now because we are friends. Therefore, things I used to find bothersome do not annoy me as much, nor am I shy about telling her how I feel when I do find myself getting agitated.
Like most schools, Goucher requires students to fulfill a series of general educational requirements. Last semester, because I wanted to get these out of the way, I ignored my impulse to explore the vast array of electives offered–which was not too smart.
I struggled through a math course, only to discover that a different math course is required for the major I am considering. If only I had waited, I could have fulfilled both requirements for math and my major. Clearly, I dislike math. For college freshmen to be, please keep in mind that majors and minors incorporate many of the general educational requirements.
Despite the frigid weather, second semester seems to be off to a good start. It is evident the babying period is over, as I now share all my classes with upperclassmen. Not only are the freshmen assumed to be adjusted, but the orientation committee is already in place and running for the incoming freshmen. I do not think this means my class is supposed to be totally accustomed to everything college has in store; rather, this signifies that freshmen everywhere really do survive the long, scary, and exciting road to independence and being an upperclassman.