I don’t even know where to begin. It all started with Welcome Week at my school, which is the University of Minnesota – Duluth. I checked in, met my roommate and said goodbye to my family. A LOT was headed my way!
Welcome Week consisted of many events. We were all assigned a room to go to, and then we met our Rockstar, an upperclassman who led a group of about ten of us freshmen. The purpose of the group is to help make new friends right away on campus with our fellow classmates.
I have never experienced such a friendly environment. It really was shocking because I was not expecting to interact with so many people in such a short amount of time. At South High School it was very clique-oriented. People were just so used to staying in their own little bubble of friends and judging you by which category you fit into.
But when you get to college they really push you to get out and meet new people, to get out of that comfort zone that we are all in, which is a lot to take in. But after a while I got used to meeting new people and reaching out to them as well. I remember people spontaneously introducing themselves to me. Even during the pep rally the people I sat next started talking to me.
Dorm life is also really fun! When you leave the door open your floor-mates walk into your room and you chit chat and get to know your neighbors. Even eating in our dining center you can just sit down with new people and maybe make some new friends.
I also found that participating in events and joining clubs helps you meet new people, and the events are really fun and entertaining. This past weekend our “RA” — which is the Resident Adviser for my dorm floor — had us all go play volleyball on Friday night together. It was a lot of fun and I met lots of other new people on the floor that I hadn’t even seen before.
Anyways, the college culture is definitely something you should look forward to experiencing. That is all for now. Thanks for reading!