End of first year makes freshman feel at home

Rising sophomore reflects on initial year on campus


Abby McHenry

The 2017-18 academic year is coming to a close and with it, memories that will be cherished well past the time spent here at Florida Southern.

My first year at FSC has definitely had its challenges, but I have also gained many positive experiences.

Coming in as a freshman is already an adventure starting day one.

Everything is new. You get a chance to meet new people and choose how you want to spend your time now that you’re on your own.

Your parents aren’t there to tell you what you should and shouldn’t do.

One of the best experiences I have gotten from my first year here had been writing for the Southern.

I love that I have the opportunity to write and have my work published as well as know the professors and peers in my class. I can’t wait to continue writing more articles next year and become more involved in the Communication Department.

I appreciate all the people I have met within the department. Whether it’s a close friend or someone I say hello to in the hallway, it’s nice to have such a close and personal environment where it is easy to meet a lot of people.

This year I met what have become my two best friends and future roommates.

My freshman year has taught me that you must go out of your comfort zone and try new things in order to meet new people.

I have had the same best friend since sixth grade, so starting over was a bit difficult.

I am so thankful to have two hardworking and motivated friends on campus who push me to be the best I can be.

Florida Southern fosters the environment of being yourself and becoming involved, which has helped me to meet new people and try new things.

I have loved being a part of Campus Ministries’ Women’s Bible Study Group. It is a nice break in the middle of the week.

It reminds me that even with my busy schedule, I need to make time to relax.

Although I have not been here long, I already feel at home thanks to this welcoming campus community.

The thing I liked the most when I toured the school was the tightknit community that FSC has established.

No matter where you are on campus, you will probably see someone you know.

In general, it is nice to know you have people you can ask for help when needed.

The connections I have made have been the highlight of my year, and I hope this trend continues next year.

I am looking forward to furthering and making new connections and experiencing new things next year.

Thanks for a great first year, Florida Southern.


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