|I got my sister to do the |
Being out on your own for the first time can be terrifying. No Mom and Dad waiting at home, no little siblings annoying you, and no more snuggling up with the family pet. It can be very hard transitioning from living at home to living at school. Sure, you get your first real taste of freedom but in addition to that is your first real taste of being an adult. You have to learn to take care of all aspects of yourself. Planning when to do schoolwork, how to spend your money, and remembering to clean your place can seem so overwhelming at first.
The bright side of all of this is that you find out what you are capable of and where you belong. The new freedoms allow you to find things that interest you. Whether it’s trying new things or meeting new people you have the freedom to choose what you are going to do and who you are going to be. It’s really worth it if you think about it!
Being at Penn State Berks gives students a leg up in my opinion. The variety of clubs, people, and opportunities cater to almost every type of person. Whether you love comic books or public speaking, there is an activity for you do here on campus. Through whatever activity you choose, you end up meeting people who share your interests. This can result in making some of the best friends you’ll ever have. All that you have to do is be open to doing things you enjoy.
|Here I am at a Reading Royals |
game with Shannon (left).
For me, I enjoy helping people any way that I can. This led me to the groups Lion Ambassadors and THON. In Lion Ambassadors, I get to meet prospective students and show them the campus. I get to tell them about the opportunities here and talk about their interests. For THON, I serve as an executive to plan and help with events for the club. I get to hang out with fun people and help a great cause while doing it. I have met some of my favorite people in these groups and I would not trade that for the world.
From my involvement, I have had the chance to gain some awesome friends. From my friends I have had the chance to try new things. I met my boyfriend in my first year here and he has helped me to discover things I never thought I would like. From professional wrestling (WWE style) to every concert we have attended, I have discovered new things about myself and have found someone I will always be able to count on.
I have also met a few other people I know I can always count on. I met my good friend Shannon through Lion Ambassadors and I can always count on having fun and laughing until it hurts when she is around. I met my suitemate Katie here as well and I can always count on her for a friendly smile, thoughtful notes, and good style tips.
|My cat loves Christmas so much |
he sleeps under the tree!
All of these opportunities gave me the chance to find things I like and the places I like to be. This is not limited to social events though. Through the classes I took as electives and even from talking to faculty and staff at Penn State Berks, I have found my declared major and even more things about myself. I love to write, speak, and plan events. This is what my Communication Arts and Sciences major offers. I have influenced my future just from taking classes that I found interesting. Classes and professors have played a huge role in my finding a place here. I can’t express enough how grateful I am for this. The opportunities I have received led me to my interests and what I would like to do for the rest of my life.
The moral to my story is to be open to trying new things. Being out on your own can be the scariest thing you have faced, but by following your interests it can turn out to be the best thing you’ve ever done. Remember to keep an open mind, talk to people who share your interests, and learn about things that you like to do. Although I miss my family and my cat at times, I know that I am getting chances to do and learn about what I love here and that makes it worth it.
Until next time,