Saying hello to freshman year was cool, until I had to say hello to the 5am morning swim practices that came with it.
The past three weeks have been action packed, and quite stressful. From learning how to balance academics and swimming, to making new friends! I’ve never considered myself shy, but orientation left me culture shocked and at a loss for words.
Hamline University is a diverse, open-minded, progressive campus. I’ve found a home, and a calling to grow.
During my first week at Hamline I was a part of a Multicultural Mosaic program, an honors program that focuses around educating people about cultural diversity and sexual orientation, as well as creating a safe community for others to speak about their struggles as a person of color or being a part of the LGBTQ community. Being a part of the Multicultural Mosaic program gave me a deep insight into the struggles of my peers and gave me an environment to develop personally!
I definitely recommend looking into the pre-orientation programs offered at the schools you’re applying for; each school offers a variety of programs for a variety of interests. Being a part of the pre-orientation program here at Hamline has given me the resources to navigate campus and make friends from all over the world.
Although I am still in shock over being a college freshman, I am excited for what this year brings, and can’t wait to share my adventures with you!