To kick off the school year this semester, Fall 2018, I figured I would sit down and discuss the one topic everyone is thinking about right now. School. The time parents are happy to ship their kids back to schools for what they call 'freedom'. All the annoying Back to School commercials are constantly screaming on TV and on the radio. When I am writing this, today is the first day of classes here at UConn and everyone is CLEARLY beyond happy to be here. Please note the sarcasm.
I am currently a Sophomore in college at the University of Connecticut. I am currently living at Tolland in North campus. Yes, I know, "the jungle". Now what a lot of people don't know about me, is during my time here at UConn, I will a total of 3 different types of students. My freshman year I was a Hartford campus student, this year I am a Hartford/Storrs campus student, and my next two years I will be a full-time Storrs campus student. I know, I'll get to experience of all the craziness of UConn. While my path is not traditional like most people, it is most definitely very unique. Therefore, I wanna talk about what all the different experiences I am having as the different types of student.
To start off, my freshman year, I was a full-time student at the UConn Hartford campus. Not to knock the Hartford campus, I genuinely hated it. I hated commuting. I hated driving into Hartford every morning, parking in the Convention center parking garage, walking through Hartford, and going to a campus that was more like a building rather than a campus. During this time, I felt very isolated from the school life and felt very little enthusiasm about going to this campus. Hartford genuinely felt like a place I had no business being at.
It was very hard making friends at the Hartford campus. You really only had the most interaction when you were in classes, so it was more so luck of who you sat next to on the first day of class. Not very good odds. There were not many events going on on campus that were suited for mainly business majors, so being a Psychology major, there were very little activities to do on campus. Therefore, I would just go to class and then go home. As you can see, very hard to obtain friendships in this setting.
I am very pumped for my Junior year at UConn. I will officially be a full-time Storrs student and I am both excited and very nervous about this. While next semester I plan to take a few of my classes at the Storrs campus, that does not compare to being a complete, full-time, UConn student. I cannot wait for this experience, for it is something I have been waiting and working anxiously towards. So, this Semester, catch me both on the Storrs campus as well as the Hartford campus.