Old Faces become New Faces Reply

By Zack Urbanowski – 1851 Contributor  September 9th first day of classes. I had two classes contemporary sport management and writing101 workshop. I was so nervous but so excited to meet new people, make friends, and expand my learning abilities. My other classes that I currently take is Math106, Buss101, FYS, and AAC. Not knowing […]

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Peer Mentor you say? Freshman-me says no way! Reply

By Mary Rand  1851 Contributor

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Mary Rand on the streets of Fenway Park. Photo by: Margaux Dickinson

When I was a first-year student, I spent a lot of time lounging in my dorm room to kill time. After class I’d go back to my dorm. After going to the dining hall I’d go back to my dorm. After working out at the gym I’d go back to my dorm. If someone were to try and tell the freshman version of myself that I would be a peer mentor I would tell them that they’re crazy! They’re crazy to think I will ever do anything other than hangout in my dorm. 

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It was College she feared, but she conquered Reply

By Makenna French – 1851 Contributor 

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Makenna French in her hometown enjoying the fall scenery.

I’ve always been known as a homebody. Not in the way of being at my physical home all the time but being in my town, with my friends and my family whom I value most in the world. Going away to college was bittersweet for everyone I knew. For me personally, it was full of anxiety. I would watch you tube videos of other kids moving in to see my situation before it would happen, and it would make my heart race and my mind spin.

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It’s Okay to Be Homesick Reply

By Brook Salvador1851 Contributor 

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Brook Salvador in front of the new Lasell sign. Photo courtesy of Maddie Avery.

 

When I first arrived on campus on move in day, I was eager to finally arrive at campus, but as we got closer It felt like I had butterflies in my stomach, and my heart was racing as If I was sick. I could hear sounds of students laughing as I walked into check in, I couldn’t wait to make new friends.  When I was looking at my best friend that came with me it was such a bittersweet moment, knowing I had to let go of home, and all my friends.

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Getting Familiar With My New Life Reply

By Cierra Lacaillade1851 Contributor 

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Cierra Lacaillade senior portrait. Photo by Natascha Dacres

The first time I stepped foot onto the Lasell campus was when I toured. It was in February and I remember how cold it was outside and being from Vermont, I know cold. Every time I walked into a building from the outside, it was so warm. I remember the soft yellow lights coming through the windows and I immediately felt the cozy, homelike vibe of Lasell.

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The Journey of Self Discovery at Lasell University Reply

By Rayana Petrone – 1851 Contributor 

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 Rayana Petrone outside of the Lasell University campus.
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The day was September 6, 2019, my freshman year move in day at Lasell University. To be entirely honest, this is a day that I do not remember in much depth. The details of my first day on campus are quite hazy, I could not tell you what I ate, or the last words I said to my siblings before leaving home. I experienced a rollercoaster of emotions that prevented me from remembering such an important day such as anxiousness, and excitement.

I do remember loading up my mom’s SUV and dad’s white Chevy Colorado truck with everything in my big purple bedroom that I spent the majority of my life in. Saying goodbye to my fluffy three month old, goldendoodle puppy named Beni and seeing my bare bedroom brought tears to my eyes.

My parents stayed to move me in until the late summer day was consumed by darkness and my new room was put together. Everything in my new space felt foreign. My sheets felt crisp and not worn in like my cozy like my sheets at home are. I stared at the ceiling that night and my body was engulfed with emotion. I was looking forward to a fresh start, but was also sad that I left everything I had ever known behind. I lived in Worcester, Massachusetts my entire life, and associated that with my identity, so being away from my home and my family honestly terrified me.

In the beginning of the semester, I truly struggled with being away from home, so much so that my parents visited at least once a week for the first four weeks. Luckily, Worcester is only 35 minutes away and my family is more than willing to come visit.

Prior to coming to college, it was very easy for me to take advantage of the simple things that my parents have always done for me such as making food, and washing my clothes. Since leaving home, I have learned that dinner is not just going to appear for me as it did at home and I have to force myself to go to the dining hall to eat and my clothes, unfortunately, are not going to magically clean themselves. With that being said, since college, my relationship with my parents has drastically changed, which I have learned to love and embrace.

Since being away from home, I have become much more independent and comfortable with the idea of being on my own. I am finding myself in a community that is vastly different than the one I know and love, and am excited to continue on my journey of self discovery. I am studying communications, a field that I am excited to learn more about and explore further.

As of now, I am much happier and eager for my future here at Lasell. I cannot wait to continue to become more involved here and find my true passions and grow through experience.

Temporary Insomniac Reply

By Parker Eckert – 1851 Contributor 

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My day started with an early morning as I had to leave my home at 7:00 a.m. to drive two and a half hours from Maine to my new home in Woodland Hall at Lasell. I arrived a little after check-in started, and immediately I was caught up in the chaos. However, there was something about the chaos that fed into my excitement of becoming independent. 

All day I spent time with my roommates. We went to target to get some more dorm necessities, mostly Red Bull, and I got to meet up with some friends I had made over orientation. My day was great. I got along with everyone, had moved in successfully, but that night I couldn’t sleep. Long after both my roommates had dozed off, I stayed in bed awake, unable to sleep. I was exhausted but there was something about not having my own bed under me that was unfamiliar, and uncomfortable. During my first few nights I was an insomniac, I’d lay awake all night trying sleep only to become frustrated and end up listening to music or taking a late night walk just to give my brain something else to focus on.

As I grew accustomed to my new home in the dorm I learned its quirks – sometimes the trash stinks up the hall, the water pressure in the showers sucks, and if it weren’t for the box fan that has been on 24/7 since move in, I’m pretty sure I would have succumbed to heat stroke in my sleep by now. Thankfully my roommates are great, and I eventually got accustomed to the smaller bed. I like my new home a lot now, quirks and all, even though the three flights of stairs are still an annoying obstacle between me and my bed at the end of a long day.

As I began my classes I was able to fall into a schedule. I have favorite professors, and favorite classes. I have a homework schedule that I follow (sometimes) and as time goes by things like the water pressure that bothered me when I got here don’t anymore.

All in all, I like it here, and I’ve made some great friends so far. Now I just find myself exited for what the future holds, and that I’m exited to experience it with these great people.

New Kid Reply

By Enzo Ramirez 1851 Contributor

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Enzo Ramirez at a show with his band, Reapercussion at the Middle East Club in Boston. Photo by: Enzo Ramirez mother.

Have you ever been the new kid at school? If you’re reading this and you’re a freshman at Lasell than you definitely have now. I was that kid many times. I actually enjoyed that title before but when I had to be the new kid at Lasell, it was hard.

I’ve been a reserved person for as long as I can remember, so being the new kid was a good way to start over. Only this time, I didn’t want to start over. Going to college meant leaving behind my friends, my family, my band, and the good life I made for myself.

A few days before moving on campus, my band performed at a big club in Boston. I still remember my first few nights on campus trying to remember how good we sounded but I could only hear silence.

It’s easy to dwell on what I have lost but I learned that I should find out what I have gained. First of all, college is way better than high school in every way imaginable. When you start learning about something you really want to know more about, class becomes enjoyable. Making friends was surprisingly easier for me than I originally thought. Also, within my schedule, I was still able to find the time to play music.

Listen, if you’re in college, chances are that college is going to become a sizable part of your life but it doesn’t have to be your whole life. Do not feel like you must be within the parameters of your life at school. College should be that gateway to branching out and doing new things. There is a large amount of free time that should be used to your advantage. You can easily waste it as you can easily spend it wisely.