Collegian Corner by Juan, University of Northern Colorado, Class of 2020

The start of my freshman year in college is a lot different than what I imagined it would be compared to when I was a senior in high school. Moving into my dorm felt so surreal, it was pretty crazy to think how quickly everything happened, thinking about how four years of my life had gone by in the blink of an eye. However, I wouldn’t let these thoughts of living in the past prevent me from trying to live in the present and focusing on my future. The things I love about college are how much freedom I have, the classes that I’m taking, and how easy it is to meet new people. I love having freedom in college because I feel more independent and I know what things have to be done for the day, so I’m essentially more productive knowing that I have to do things on my own. Also, I have so much free time for studying, doing laundry, hanging out with friends, and so on compared to high school where my day ended at 3:30 pm and maybe wasn’t home until 6 pm because of sports or clubs or anything else. Another thing I love about college is the classes I’m taking. My intended major is Music Business, so I’m taking classes that fulfill my major and my Liberal Arts Core checklist.achs-grads

My favorite class is definitely History of Rock and Roll because we’ve been learning about the origins of rock and roll and how American Culture in the late 1950’s ­ early 1960’s created rock and roll. Another class I love is Mexican­ American Studies because I love learning more about my culture and because we discuss a lot of controversial topics like immigration, racism, slavery, false history, and so on. It really opens my mind to a lot of what is really going on around the world.

Finally, I love college because of how easy it is to meet new people. I was worried about this in high school because I only had a close group of friends and didn’t try to associate myself that much with everyone else, but now that they’re off in other universities and colleges, I found myself in a situation where I needed to move on. Plus, it is easy to stay in touch with them since there are so many forms of social media nowadays. It’s easy to make friends in classes, all you have to do is be the icebreaker and say hi and introduce yourself and ask them questions about their major and where they’re from. That tactic so far has worked for me a lot, and even if it doesn’t work, just remember that joining clubs and going to a lot of the events that the university offers is an easy way to meet people.

The things I don’t like about college are pretty limited, but I think the one that sticks out the most is how expensive everything is. I spent so much money on my textbooks and I still have loans to pay, but there are plenty of ways that I can overcome this. In fact, the scholarships that I’ve received have helped pay for my textbooks and the BHGH scholarship has helped narrow down my student loans to something that I can actually afford. Sure there are some hard things in college like being homesick, but since I’m only an hour away from my home it hasn’t bothered me that much. Being away from my friends can also be a problem for me, but it’s easy to stay in touch with social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat.

The only class I’m having difficulties with is my Macroeconomics class, but I’ve been taking steps to understand the material. I visited my professor during his office hours with some friends and we’ve been studying for a test that we’re going to take this week. So all in all, college has been pretty great and I’m already taking steps to become a better college student with the help of many people from Boys Hope Girls Hope, the Center for Human Enrichment program here at UNC, and many more. Thank you to everyone who has made the first few weeks at college such a great experience!