The first day at college for a freshman can be nerve-wracking, exciting, and ever so crazy. The Pointer was able to see it all. Following two freshmen exploring their way through a new place is nothing short of interesting Freshmen often come into college with a picture of it in their head of what they think it will be like. “The things I picture most [about college life] are big frat parties and lecture halls where the teacher seems a mile away, probably because that is how movies portray a ‘typical college,’” said Dana Thompson, freshman graphic design major.
One of the most exciting aspects of college life for freshmen is the fact that this will be the first time, for many, that they’re away from their parents. The fact that you are not supervised, have no curfew, and don’t have parents ragging on you to get your homework done is just the freedom that high school students yearn for. Now it’s finally here. With all the thrills in that newfound freedom there inevitably come some worries.
“The thing I am most nervous about is staying organized. In high school, our teachers still chased us around to remind us of our make-up math test for the following morning,” Thompson said.
Many freshmen also come into college knowing very few or no people at all.
“I’m most excited about meeting new people,” said Jacob Doney, freshman physics and chemistry major. “Coming from a high school of 600 kids, there’s not a whole lot of variety going on.”
Many freshmen have already met new people through the “University of Wisconsin Stevens Point Class of 2015” group on Facebook. Both Thompson and Doney said that they have already made a few friends through the group and plan on meeting up with them.
Facebook also has become a great means of communication for meeting a random roommate.
“I know my roommate just from Facebook. We were both partnered with different girls; we actually lived in different dorms. She wanted a new roommate and my roommate could no longer attend UWSP so we were both in need of a change,” Thompson said.
Doney found out who his roommate was going to be a few weeks ago, who is actually an international student from Korea. “I can’t wait. It’ll be a fun experience,” Doney said.
The real college life sometimes isn’t what freshmen have imagined it to be, but that’s not always a bad thing. Saturday was a rainy day here in Stevens Point and that caused a few changes in plans for some people.
“I was sitting by myself, in my room, on Facebook in the first moments I had in college. It was pouring outside so nobody really wanted to go outside, so I was stuck in my room,” Doney said. However, being stuck inside the dorms for a while made meeting new people that much more easy.
“The best part of my day was meeting my roommate and our hall mates. We went bowling down the hallway with a little plastic bowling set. Then, a few brave souls went body bowling with a blanket. It was by far the best icebreaker ever,” Thompson said.
The first night of college can be an experience for many freshmen. Doney spent the night hanging out with the new friends that he made in his dorm. Thompson went over to her friend’s house to meet some upperclassmen.
The ability to meet new people at Stevens Point is something that surprised both Doney and Thompson the most.
“A lot of people are extremely friendly here. I mean, how many places can you turn to the person next to you, whom you›ve never met before, and just start talking to them?” Doney said.
Doney and Thompson both arrived at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Saturday with different expectations about what college life is really like. Most of these expectations involved pictures portrayed by films and television. Real college sometimes may not be what incoming freshmen are expecting, but rarely is that a bad thing.