Reflections from a Merrimack Senior

Alli Weed

Being a freshman in school will be each thrilling and scary, as something that’s new and stuffed with unknowns will be. The whole lot that you just expertise this primary 12 months, you’re experiencing for the primary time, which is a a lot completely different expertise than any of the opposite years in school. It’s your first time being away from residence with out your dad and mom, your first time residing with strangers, and your first time taking full accountability for your self and your whole choices.

It may be overwhelming, and it might really feel such as you want somebody holding your hand each step you’re taking, however that is additionally your first step in direction of your independence.

Senior 12 months of faculty however, is skilled by way of a very completely different lens. It tends to be a 12 months stuffed with a variety of reflection, taking a look at how far you’ve got come from whenever you first stepped foot onto campus.

Seniors right here at Merrimack School have been requested the query, “What recommendation would you give to your freshman 12 months self understanding what you recognize now?”

Let’s check out the highest three items of recommendation that have been shared.

Attempt to get entangled in golf equipment and organizations round campus. Attempt to community early and do internships as quickly as doable.

Sedona Gillard is a senior biology main. She is an RA, FYE mentor, member of the monitor group, the Inexperienced Group, and only in the near past based the E book Membership.

“Attain out for analysis and completely different alternatives like that as a result of they gained’t come to you in case you don’t put the work in to get them,” shared Gillard. “Getting rejected is healthier than not attempting in any respect.”

Roommates Spencer Lee and Sam Valenti had related recommendation to present.

They talked about how necessary it’s to use your self as a lot as doable, in lots of golf equipment and profession occasions round campus. “They’re massively useful and the extra that you just go to, the much less scary it will get,” says Lee.

Sam made the purpose that the principle cause you go to varsity to start with is to use your self professionally.

“You’re right here to get a job after [you graduate], so begin working in your LinkedIn, begin networking, begin making use of for internships sooner than everybody else, begin idealizing what you need your profession to be in and check out new issues professionally.”

At all times be open to assembly new individuals, whether or not it’s by becoming a member of a membership, or speaking to somebody in certainly one of your lessons. Nevertheless on the similar time, be intentional with who you spend your time with, and what relationships you place your effort into.

Kailyn Bowie, Sadie Tosch, and Madigan Saunders are roommates that mirrored on how shut they’ve grown to be with each other. They talked about how one of many coolest issues in regards to the individuals they reside with is that all of them have such completely different pursuits and involvements on campus- no two are alike.

“I’d say don’t care what individuals take into consideration you and to speak to the individuals that you just assume are weirdos,” shared Bowie as she smiled glancing over at her roommates, “these individuals may find yourself being your greatest buddies.”

Sadie described how she wished that she was capable of be herself with out worrying about what others (together with her outdated roommates) considered her, particularly throughout her freshman 12 months. She has absolutely embraced the issues she loves, corresponding to theater, which is one thing that she has been capable of bond over along with her roommates that she lives with now.

Madigan, who had been sitting and listening to what her two roommates needed to share, disclosed how she wouldn’t wish to be as trusting with some individuals if she could possibly be a freshman once more.

“I’d simply watch out with who you encompass your self with. There have been a variety of good those that I’ve gotten out of it, however there have been lots of people I want I wasn’t as shut with,” mentioned Saunders.

Saunders made the purpose that whereas it’s good to remain open minded to assembly new individuals, additionally it is necessary to stay cautious with who you think about to be reliable as a result of not everybody has pure intentions of eager to be your good friend.

Your roommate does NOT have to be your greatest good friend.

Bridget Slocum, a freshman 12 months RA in Monican Centre attested to this, drawing from private expertise.

“I’m a switch pupil that was positioned in a room with individuals of all completely different class years. It was useful for me to satisfy individuals exterior of my suite in order that I had sources exterior of my room that have been in my very own class 12 months,” Slocum defined. “In case you’re simply sticking to your roommates and never assembly different individuals, you’re isolating your self and never permitting your self to satisfy as many individuals.”

It’s good to have a mixture of roommates and non-roommates in your circle with a wide range of completely different involvements and pursuits, so that you’re not limiting your self to 1 particular group.

Harrison Bell, who can be a freshman 12 months RA, expressed the significance of understanding that your roommate doesn’t need to be your greatest good friend.

“You simply need to be suitable to reside with one another and it’s okay to not have related pursuits. I feel that’s actually higher as a result of whenever you reside with somebody and also you’re so near them and one thing occurs, you continue to need to reside there.”

The recommendation that has been shared is to assist freshman 12 months be simpler to navigate, as these are all people who’ve lived it and are getting ready to graduate this spring. Nevertheless, it may possibly nonetheless be so much to soak up.

One other piece of recommendation that Harrison Bell shared greatest summarizes how one can method freshman 12 months in order that it doesn’t really feel overwhelming:

“Lots of people are going to let you know to leap into every part directly however that may be so much and that may be tremendous hectic. Take issues one factor at a time, sooner or later at a time. You gained’t be capable of make intentional friendships and lengthy lasting ones in case you unfold your self too skinny.”

Bear in mind, your school expertise is what you make of it, so take management of your individual path and your individual future.

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