April 30th, 2007 02:57 EST
Telling The Story of Freshman Year
For many incoming freshman at West Virginia University, adjusting to college life is just the beginning of a long, grueling and hard battle these first year college students must overcome.
Brittany Anderson, 18 year old freshman from Clarksburg, WV attended Robert C. Byrd high school, was involved on Student Council all four years and even becoming student body president her senior year.
Still, not a great deal of that will matter once you enter a campus with over 25,000 students, will it?"The first week was kind of overwhelming. However, it didn’t take long to adjust,” the freshman said.
The more questions you ask, this battle of change becomes easier. Anderson owes a lot to her R.A’s, professors and other roommates.
“Everyone is so helpful. I just asked a lot of questions, observed things and figured them out for myself,” she said.
The four years of college is much different than that of the four years you spend “preparing” for it in high school. “It’s your choice. I have no one telling me what to do. I don’t have a teacher asking me where I’ve been if I missed a class.”
The obvious person would blame it on the fact that you aren’t paying for high school, rather you’re paying for a specific education in college. It’s your decision and it’s to your benefit to attend these classes.
However, it isn’t all a cakewalk for Anderson in her first year here at West Virginia University.
One of the biggest challenges students face is time management. Classes, exams, jobs, free time all counteract each other and in most cases you’re left with more stress and worries than you’ll ever have.
“I want to do so many things, but I can’t do them all. Fitting school, church, studying, friends, activities and sleep all into one day is not easy,” Anderson said.
The great thing about these challenges is you have a roommate with you along the way incase the ship sinks so to speak.
Roommates are there to be emulated and the more you see them everyday the more confidence you have in them when they give you advice when adjusting to college. In most cases, they are going through the same hardships you are trying to adjust to a new life.
“I chose a random roommate and really got lucky. She’s from WV, just like me and we get along so well,” Anderson said.
Anderson and her roommate are always looking out for each other and have become like sisters.
“We share clothes, shoes and jewelry. We are in the same cycling class together. We are like sisters that don’t fight!” Anderson joked.
The great thing about a university like WVU is how easy it is to observe things for yourself.
Walking down to campus, sitting through class and even working out at the rec. center helps develop a certain routine people tend to follow for the rest of their time in college. Anderson is a Finance major pursuing a minor in Spanish. She is the first member of her family to attend WVU. She has been studying the Spanish language since elementary school and taught it herself at some points. She is very interested in the stock market and wants to be on Wall St. one day.