Is it normal as a college freshman to feel like you’ve been here 4 years already, when it’s only been a week and a half? What about wanting to pack up and move back home less than 24 hours after moving in? Or wanting to FaceTime and talk to your best friends from home every second of every day because you miss them and they’re like a little piece of your old life that you want to hold on to? I sure hope all of that is normal, because I have felt that way multiple times since moving into UNH.
I think I felt the same way most first years feel when moving into college. I was excited to come to a school that I loved and to study in the field that I was ready to dedicate my life to. But, I was moving to a new state and to a big school where I knew a total of 5 people before moving in. Granted, Boston is less than an hour away, but to someone without any means of getting home by myself, it might as well have been 12 hours away.
Of course being in a new environment like this makes a person miss home. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t miss my family, my friends and my comfortable bed. But because of the strong support I have back home, the transition has been fairly easy.
The staff and students here have also made the transition so much easier. Since day one, the RAs at Alexander Hall have done nothing but help us get used to college life and make new friends. Luckily (or maybe unluckily, whichever way you look at it) I live directly across the hall from my RA, Sean, and he has gone above and beyond to make me feel in my comfort zone. From life-sized jenga, to games of ultimate frisbee and ninja, to finally one hell of a dorm war, the first week was so much more enjoyable than I ever thought. I was told of the friendly atmosphere here at UNH, but I never actually understood it until I lived it.
Obviously throughout the year I’m going to have ups and downs, but as of right now I feel confident, not only in my decision to come to UNH, but also the path of life I’m taking myself down here on campus. So here’s to a smooth first year and the years to follow, because every day is a great day to be a Wildcat!