I Didn't Plan For A Small-Campus College Experience, But Now I'm Here, I'm Making The Most Of It

I Didn't Plan For A Small-Campus College Experience, But Now I'm Here, I'm Making The Most Of It

Keeping an open mind during my time away from home.


Usually, when picking a college there are several key factors that come into play. You probably thought about price, major, location, size, and maybe a few other variables. When I was looking at schools I knew I wanted a big school that offered a good journalism school. I decided to go to Arizona State University. Which happens to have one of the largest undergraduate populations in the country.

I had always seen myself at a big school with thousands of other students. Once I selected my major I found out that I would be on the Downtown Phoenix campus. At first, I was a little disappointed. I was excited to live on the main campus and enjoy all that Tempe, Arizona has to offer. By the time school came I decided to go in with an open mind.

Yes, I never wanted to live on a small campus but college is a time for change and being open to new things.

The Arizona State University Downtown Phoenix campus offers everything a college student needs, and more. The smaller campus allows for smaller classes and more one on one time with professors. When I toured everyone kept telling me that it's a community and I thought they were just trying to make me feel better about being off the main campus but they were right. The small campus means that I get to know more people. There might be fewer people on the Downtown campus but you definitely get to meet more people and make better friendships.

After about a month at Arizona State University, I have made friends at both the Downtown and Tempe campus. However, my friendships are different. The friends I've made on the Tempe campus I mostly only get to see on weekends for a few hours at a time. But the friendships that I have made with people Downtown are very different. They are the ones that I get to stay up late and do homework with or the ones who I get to make late night taco runs with.

So when you are looking at a college keep an open mind. Maybe the college you end up going to isn't exactly what you thought it would be but that's not a bad thing. Try and get the most out of your college experience as possible.

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.


1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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Academics and Creativity Conflicts

Academics is definitely something important for students, but it seems that creativity is pushed aside too often.


As students, we are heavily focused on academics. Some of us may also be heavily focused on athletics. Anything that helps or is integrated into our academic careers has a way of controlling how we live our daily life. We go to class, we study and do homework, we attend activities/work, and then we most likely have little time to relax.

One thing that seems to lack in the academic world is creativity. Many students may say "Well, I'm not creative." Why have students subjected themselves to being uncreative individuals? How does someone define "creativity" as the verbatim definition across the world? Creativity can be used widely if we are aware of how it can be done.

  1. In the classroom, students can find creative ways to approach a debate, a different way of understanding a topic, changing the argument and allowing different perspectives and voices to be heard, and so much more.
  2. Students can find different ways of changing the issues our communities may face such as homelessness, segregated communities, etc.
  3. Organizations can be created to fill in the gaps our communities may have (including in a university).
  4. Students can remain to do creative activities such as crafts, writing, art, etc. This can be done within different organizations or in the comfort of the student's home.
  5. There are different platforms that encourage creativity like photoshop, video editing software, websites like Wattpad to create and share your own stories, and more.

We cannot let academics take over every moment of our lives. It can easily result in a point where we have no motivation to do anything at all because we are in a constant routine that can drain us. We are more than school, although it is still very important. If we shall succeed, we have to embrace the things we love to do and not forget about who we are.

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