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Freshman adjust to living on a college campus

By Ella Barrington, Staff Writer

Courtesy of Richard Sirio

First time college students create expectations in their head about what college is going to be like years before they actually get to college. Students see many of the positive aspects about being on their own, but being away from home for the first time is an adjustment that takes some getting used to. Now that the school year is nearly a month in, freshmen that are living on campus feel adjusted to college life. 

Choosing which college to go to can be difficult, especially when a student is leaving their home state. Freshman biology major Madysen Bradley from Colorado chose Post for multiple reasons, but mostly because of the challenge that Post brings. 

“I chose LIU because I felt like I could get a very well rounded experience,” she said. “I wanted something academically that would challenge me but not overwhelm me, and I feel like LIU gave that to me.” 

Being away from family is what’s making the adjustment to college life so hard for Freshman Kira Sanchez, who is majoring in nursing and also from Colorado.

“I think I’m adjusting well. Though there are many times where I definitely miss home, life here has been extremely fun and all the people I have met have been so welcoming,” Sanchez said.

Students can participate in extracurricular activities, becoming a student athlete and joining clubs to fill gaps throughout the day and make friends. Freshman Karsyn Foster majoring in health science is on the gymnastics team at Post and really enjoys it. Leaving her home in Texas was relatively easy for Foster 

“I was not nervous to come to college, I was more ready to be here than anything. For the last four years I had been dreaming of becoming a D1 gymnast and the time was finally here. The 28 hour drive was definitely not fun, but spending that last little bit of time with my parents before being here alone was very nice. I do miss my family, but I don’t think I’m ready to go home quite yet, especially to the Texas heat,” she said.

Over time, college prepares students to become more independent for their families before they are living on their own. 

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