Freshmen embark on college education

The first day at a new school can be one of the most nerve-shattering experiences to deal with, especially if it’s your first day at college. For many freshmen, the promise of attending college was a guiding light through high school.

Foremost on some students’ minds are the academic demands they believe college will place on them.

“The thing is, I didn’t really learn anything in high school,” said freshman Anna Andersen.

Freshman Christopher Gross has a fear of failing his classes and losing college funding.

These concerns are entirely understandable when you think about how many years we spend listening to horror stories about the demanding life of college.

The first semester of college can be regarded as a time of hard learned lessons. However, upperclassmen say after you get into the swing of things, it’s a valuable experience to have.

“I was really worried about falling behind,” said sophomore Meng-Wei Yang.

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Most students get to set their own hours, but Yang says students really don’t have time to goof off.

“You should also take advantage of the labs the school provides,” she adds. Students pay fees to use them already.

Katherine Hoover, who attended a university in Chicago, said she had concerns as a freshman, such as locating areas on campus and making friends, but she found UAA is easier. Staff and students are predominantly more helpful here than in Chicago, she said.

Drew Grabman, a sophomore, said he had concerns many out-of-town students face.

“I feared that I would miss my mom,” he said.

When you have uncertainties or you feel like you’re unprepared for the college experience, Grabman said, “It helps to remember how much money you’re spending.”