It feels like it was just yesterday that a lot of the freshman students were unpacking and moving into a dorm. I remember the two-hour long car ride to Richmond it was full of traffic and the music on was some Hispanic music. It was my mom, dad, and my two brothers. Everyone was sleeping and I was the only one awake. I was trying to finish reading my UNIV book given to me in orientation. The trip went by slow but fast at the same time and when we said our goodbyes I felt sad but relieved that we were done with the move in and the first day. I felt homesick the first month of college because I wasn’t home with my family members. Over time I adapted to the new environment around me, I have never lived in the city. I grew up in the same neighborhood since I was born so college was completely new to me. The city at first made me feel uncomfortable but after weeks and months, it really feels like home. Over the weekend that just passed, I went to visit my friend at JMU when I went there their campus is huge and it wall all campus and nothing really around them. I started to miss Richmond on the second day there. Comparing the areas to each other was another thing I did, VCU is such a diverse university compared to others in Virginia. As the year has gone by so quickly I have learned so much about myself. I have felt comfortable in this area and I have made new friends in this environment.
When the first semester ended I felt sad but happy to go back home. I wanted to stay in Richmond and have to shake smart every day like I am used to but I had to go back home where I’d have to take care of others and have more responsibilities other than school. There are times where I miss home so much but I would rather be in Richmond. I try to call and text my family to keep connected and not miss out on what is happening in the family. This entire year has flown by so fast and thinking about going into our sophomore year is crazy. Where has the time gone? We have already passed midterms and now we’re about to start finals. We are making decisions on our schedules and everything seems to move so fast but so slow. How do you feel about your first year of college?