The Journey of Self Discovery at Lasell University

By Rayana Petrone – 1851 Contributor 

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 Rayana Petrone outside of the Lasell University campus.
Photo by Kathryn Gaudet.

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.

“Tarnished” hits gold with recent issue

By Seán McGlone & Emily Long – Editor-in-Chief & 1851 Staff

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“Tarnished” Magazine’s issue for the 2016-17 school year was recently awarded a Gold Medalist Certificate from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. The issue included more focus on the written aspect of the magazine, according to advisor Stephen Fischer. Photo courtesy of Stephen Fischer

“Tarnished” Magazine was awarded a Gold Medalist Certificate from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for its 2016-17 issue. Continue reading ““Tarnished” hits gold with recent issue”

Gallery of Communication dept. Washington D.C. trip

Communication professors Erin Vicente and Marie Franklin took a group of communication students to Washington D.C. over the weekend of Oct. 20-22. Check out photos from their trip below.

PHOTOS: COM Day 2016 inspires students through speakers, alumni

By Tristan Davis and Rosemary Leger

The fourth annual COM Day on March 8 promoted the theme, “Spotlight on Storytelling,” and attracted crowds of students and community members. The day’s events included a social media panel, speed networking session, and keynote address from investigative reporter Michael Rezendes.

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Professor Michael Laramee moderates the Social Media Strategies panel, which consisted of Chris Antinowich (Pilot), Len Mead (Comcast Boston), Andrea Goodman (Be The Change), Fei Wu (independent podcaster), and Zac Veirra (Major League Baseball).

Continue reading “PHOTOS: COM Day 2016 inspires students through speakers, alumni”

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