By Rosemary Leger – Copy-editor
Every student transitions differently into freshman year, but hearing about a similar experience from a peer can ease the anxieties associated with starting a new school semester. Carol Stateham, a first-year hospitality major at Lasell, reflects on her first few weeks away from home in Oxford, Mass.
How is your transition going?
It’s going well…I have more homework than I’ve previously been given. I felt like I would have made more friends than I have so far, because people are like, ‘Oh my god, wait until you get to college, it’s the best thing ever.’ But I’m not getting that yet.
What’s the hardest part of adjusting to life away from home?
I’m struggling with not being with my loved ones every day. There’s no more family time. And saying goodbye to friends at home was not easy. Are you homesick?Hmmm, 10 percent. I used to spend every day with my girlfriend, and now I don’t see her at all. That’s the only part I feel homesick about. Oh, and my dad, I miss my dad. My bed too. I have a queen at home, butit’s only a twin here.
Do you have any items or traditions that make you feel more at home here?
I have a picture collage above my bed. Actually, everything that is on my wall I took from my room at home. And my stuffed animal, it’s a puppy. I wear the same pajamas that I would at home, which makes me more comfortable.
What are you looking forward to?
I’m excited to start learning about planning events, and learning about my major. Ultimately I want to have my own event planning business, but I don’t really know much about it. I think I’m going to love it. I’m eager to start learning more.
You have been planning on attending Lasell since sophomore year in high school. Are you happy with your decision?
Yes, I am very happy. I like that it is a small school and the program is geared toward my plans for the future.
Do you feel confident in the path you are on?
Yes, because I chose Lasell. It’s a college that specializes in what I want to do, more so than other schools.
What are your biggest concerns or worries for the next four years?
I’m afraid I’ll change my mind on my plans. I’m nervous I won’t start my career before I get out of college.
What are you dreams post-graduation?
I know I want to run my own event planning company, it’ll be named The Vision. So, post-graduation, I wish to have my own business successfully up and running. I plan to always be making connections to expand my network.