Freshman year of college is always a difficult period of adjustment for students. Freshman year usually involves meeting new people, making new friends, adjusting to college life and overwhelmingly trying to find your place in a brand new environment. It is typical for students to feel homesick, lonely or to feel embarrassed to tell others that they are struggling. But after a few months or even waiting through a full semester, it is easier for students to get involved and delve themselves within the school community.
Aero Cavalier, a psychology major and a film studies minor, said he is now more comfortable living in the Roosevelt community.
“I’ve made a lot more friends and I’ve gotten to know the faculty and professors better. I’ve also been able to understand the ins-and-outs of the school which makes it a much more comfortable environment,” Cavalier said.
Cavalier said he is now more comfortable calling RU home now even though he struggled with making friends at first, but because of all the relationships he has built over the course of the school year, it is much easier for him to call this place home.
“It’s definitely very helpful to know what your support systems are and to have friendly faces,” Cavalier said.
The first semester of college can involve a lot of stress with all the new things to take in for a new college student, and for Andrea Ruiz, sustainability studies major, commuting added to some of the stress in finding her place here.
“Commuting kind of made it hard because I had to go out of my way to make friends. I would get jealous of the kids that would dorm here and would be here for activities and stuff,” Ruiz said. “But when second semester rolled around, I felt better because I knew people and started joining clubs.”
Ruiz mirrored Cavalier’s thoughts on his level of comfort at Roosevelt.
“I feel like now I’ve grown more prideful of RU, I like the things they provide such as a rooftop garden, the environmental and the social justice events. I feel like I’m slowly getting to that point where I can call this place my home,” said Ruiz.
Another commuter student, Miranda Soberanis, said that although commuting has helped her navigate on her own throughout the city, she believes that there is a divide between those who commute and those who live here.
“I do see a difference in those people who commute and those who get to live here and do so many activities that are handed to them, while those who commute have to go out of their way to find an activity or meet new people,” said Soberanis
Despite those issues, Soberanis said that commuting has not hindered her college experience so far and feels confident enough to commute the rest of her college career here.
Psychology major Faith Armstrong thought it would be difficult to make friends because she moved here knowing absolutely no one, but she soon realized it was much easier than she had initially thought.
“I’ve made a lot of really great friends and met really cool people, but I wouldn’t say that I’m comfortable calling this place home. No matter how fantastic my friends are, it doesn’t take away the glaring clique problem that this school has. If you’re not in a sport or in the CCPA it’s so easy to feel like an outsider here,” Armstrong said.
Academically, Armstrong first struggled with workload given in her classes.
“I struggled with the workload that the honors program brings because in high school, you don’t really have to try but I had to put in a lot of effort to get my act together,” said Armstrong.
Adrian Dawkins, a history major and a member of the track team, said he would rate this year an eight out of ten, with ten being amazing.
“So far, everything has gone smoothly and I’m doing pretty good with all my classes, and now I am able to run outdoor track after missing indoor season,” said Dawkins
When asked about what he struggled with as a college freshman, he said he did not really deal with anything as most things he needed help with his advisor was there to help him.
“I’m pretty comfortable here and calling RU home. The people, the location, everything comes together to make this school feel like home,” Dawkins concluded.
As the first year of college for the freshmen quickly comes to a close, the consensus is in that RU has become a home for many of these students. Although the adjustment process is always the biggest and most difficult stepping stone to reach, it is possible for freshmen to find home in their school community.