After about eight years of working in disability services at Lasell, Scott Lamphere returned to his position as Residential Life Director, a position he had previously held from when he first joined the community in 2004 until 2012.
My first impression of Lasell was that it seemed calm and quiet. Now most people may dislike this and find it as a downside for college since they are probably looking for somewhere that they can party and be loud and rambunctious, but for me this was perfect.
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.
The Sunday after move in day at Lasell was my first experience seeing people withdifferent styles and aspirations. It made me nervous at first to see such a wide range of identity because where I am from, people don’t have the courage to express themselves through clothing or hair. It was intimidating to me to say the least and I felt like I was staring at people for way too long.
I started to really realize how different my life was about to be. For a moment I caught butterflies in my stomach. My hometown has never crossed my mind as being my safe place however in that moment I felt like I had made the wrong choice in coming to such a new area with a very different lifestyle. Even though I was nervous deep down I knew that the change was what I wanted. I had to keep reminding myself that going back home wasn’t what I wanted.
I have always wanted to express myself in the way everyone around me was. I just don’t have a clear idea on what I like. I grew up in a town where everyone wore the same thing and for me I felt trapped because I believe that having your own identity is so powerful. People walking around with different smells of perfume and cologne. The shoes and the clothing choices. It was all so new to me. I was starting to see that people felt happy at Lasell because they are free to be who they are and feel accepted. Coming from a small town high school where many kids haven’t traveled very far it was very pleasing to know that my hopes and dreams would not be considered unreasonable.
Here at Lasell University I have seen a glimpse of people who have found themselves. The community has been so kind and very generous since the moment I arrived. I am starting to figure out what I like and who I am. I am very honored to be part of a campus filled with such a great community both within the university and the community outside of the university. Each day I am inspired by something and someone new. I can already tell that I have become less shy and more talkative just within the six weeks that I have been here. I am very excited to see where these next four years take me.
Three students in Professor Franklin’s First Year Seminar: Media Storytelling set out to capture photos of life on campus. Khiandra Brown, Emily Hong and Yazmeen Gedeon showcase the friendships they have made during their first semester at Lasell.
Photos taken by Khiandra Brown, Emily Hong and Yazmeen Gedeon