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Thoughts From a Freshman

Deanna Puglisi

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Almost every high school senior says that they cannot wait until they graduate. They want summer to come so they can spend time being free from the dreadful tests and homework. But, summer ends and high school graduates are left to look at the next big step – college. For me, I was excited to be attending UNH and when I had signed up to be a part of UNH’s Charger Marching Band, I discovered that I would be moving in a week earlier than the other new students. So, when Friday, August 19 came, I had only just started to realize that my new life was beginning when we pulled into the university entrance. Nervousness, fear, and worry were just some of the many emotions that were in me as I attended band camp for a week and settled in my dorm. After we had performed at the freshmen orientation, realization hit me. I was officially a college freshman, lost in a sea of other new students. I did not know who to talk to or where to go. Now, being a college freshman sounds like this amazing experience. Now that I was living that experience, I was lost. My mom had told me that I should make friends and live my life the way I wanted, but I did not know anyone. Nevertheless, I met people from across the country. Not only that, I found a family within UNH. The Orientation Leaders, faculty, and RAs have made me feel like I was always part of the UNH community. They helped me move in and find my classes. Charge-In had so many activities that really helped me bond with my friends. I learned more about myself than I ever had. College is an opportunity for one discover hidden passions, knowledge, and friends. But, the best part is that you continue to do it every year. New students who choose University of New Haven as their home for the next four years will find they are surrounded by people who are stepping on the same stepping stone. Whether you are a recent high school graduate or a transfer student, the University of New Haven is a college that brings you together as a community and family. I would like to give some advice to all students of UNH, especially freshmen. Welcome Week and Charge-In are wonderful opportunities to meet new people and involve yourself in college – be a part of something amazing. Also, even though college is a place for you to study for your future have fun at the same time that does not mean endangering yourself and others. When going to and from parties, never travel alone. Always be with a group of friends. Friends do not let friends get hurt. Finally, do not overwhelm yourself. The first week of classes with the amount of time you spend on homework. Manage your time wisely and if you need a break, take it. UNH provides its students with many opportunities to get involved, help others with their social life and be the best they want to be in college. Thanks to UNH, I have found a home here and I am who I want to be.   

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