The Perspective of a Freshman
“Who let me graduate?” This question was one of the first thoughts I vocalized on the day of my graduation. My friends laughed while I still stood there in confusion and said,“No, seriously, who thought this was a good idea?” I was about to make the jump from Northern Massachusetts to Berrien Springs, Michigan, and I still couldn’t believe it. Everyone kept asking if I was excited for Andrews University and I was, but it still hadn’t hit me yet. College seemed so far away, and so out of reach that even when I was signing up for classes I was still thinking I had all the time in the world. Then the first day of orientation came, and as I walked into First Stop, I saw all the welcoming smiles and thought, “This is actually happening.” I was finally going to experience this magical universe that is called college, and I was ready to take it all in.
As I started my orientation week I was worried about making new friends and having a group to hang out with. A majority of the freshmen were coming from academies with at least one friend, and I was alone, which made the unknown much greater in my eyes. I was scared, yet God had something else planned, and blessed me by having me reconnect with old friends that I had no idea were at Andrews and having me quickly make new ones. The fear I had rapidly changed to happiness, and I felt content with my new freshman class. Throughout the week we all bonded over activities that ranged from bubble soccer to running up a sand dune in a torrential downpour and it was great. We heard seminars about balance, and worshipped in our first vespers at Pioneer Memorial Church together. Andrews University had become a reality, and hopefully our newfound home.
Orientation was the start of our new beginning, but the first couple week of classes were when everything really set in. Waking up for the first day of classes felt extremely weird, since the week before was all about fun, games and getting to know each other, but now it was time to get down to business. Some of us would be joining the Explore Andrews program, some of us would still be figuring out if the major we chose was for us, and some of us were beginning our long journey into the career we’ve chosen years past. Regardless of the paths we were taking, all of us were embarking on our new lives together. We now exist in a community where we can feel safe, where we don’t have to deal with the drama of high school, where the hierarchy of popularity doesn’t exist and where you don’t have to be somebody because you already are somebody.
Although I’m loving the college experience, I miss being surrounded by my family. Thank God for phone calls, but I would do anything to feel an embrace from my parents, or jam to Destiny’s Child in my sister’s car. It’s the little things that I miss the most, but having an amazing group of friends that I know I can lean on makes the transition easier.
So I’m ready for the all-nighters, gazebo quesadillas, Friday night vespers, and everything else Andrews has to offer. I’m excited for these next four years, and can’t wait to see what the class of 2020 is going to accomplish.