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.

 

​Wow, I’m in College! Reply

By Michael Oliveira1851 Contributor 

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Michael Oliveira getting ready for his first day at Lasell University. Photo taken by: Nancy Oliveira.

Leaving my room for the first time, I felt bittersweet, I was excited to start my next chapter, but at the same time I didn’t know what to expect. September 7th, 2019. Move-in day at Lasell, the start of a new chapter, the beginning of adulthood.

As soon as my parents and my girlfriend left the campus, I started living on my own. The first weekend was pretty much getting to know people and learning how to get around campus. The size of the campus was very unexpected as I knew it was small, but I didn’t think it was this small. You can get around campus pretty easily, and the shuttle takes you anywhere from the Natick Mall, to Riverside Train Station whenever we want to leave.

As I was about to go to sleep for the first time in my new home, I heard sirens throughout the night, and cars driving on the highway that is right next to Lasell, I remember not being able to fall asleep any earlier than 3 a.m the first few weeks living here. As the next day came around I started walking around the campus, looking where all of my classes are, and what there is to do around here.

When I walked into the dining hall, there was a very unique smell to it, I could smell the pizza dough being created, grilled chicken, and the smell of burgers being cooked on the grill.

 

The burgers tasted like a burger from Tasty Burger at Fenway Park, and the pizza had the perfect mix of charcoal and grease with the toppings so perfectly assorted. In my opinion, the pizza is the best thing in the dining hall.

As classes started, I felt an urge of anxiety walking to my first class wondering If I would be able to handle the workload. My first day of classes included waking up at 9 a.m to go to my Writing class at 10, which was followed by Understanding Mass Media at 12:30 p.m. So far it has been a little difficult but something that I will be able to overcome.

Now seven weeks in at Lasell, I feel as though I could still find a lot more to do around here rather than being in my dorm the whole day after classes. I am extremely excited about the rest of my semester at Lasell University!

Resetting my life : Before and after college Reply

By Brett Carey1851 Contributor 

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Growing up where I did a majority of my life was not easy. To put you in my shoes for one second, imagine going outside and having nothing to do but sit out by a busy road; not having anyone around you outside of your family to sympathize with, but to be mocked instead; imagine in middle school the feeling of students trampling on your back, and awakening off the floor with a cut on your forehead, and the teachers didn’t bat an eye.

Imagine in high school, everyone is an overly political person flooding your ears with toxic arguments and biases. To put it bluntly, I felt like I was about to cave every waking moment of the day.

Late in my senior year of high school I got accepted into Lasell University, In the moment I wasn’t entirely sure how to feel. Pride? Uneasiness? Happiness? I felt almost numb in a way. Orientation soon rolled around, and I got my first bit of exposure to the school.

In the moment I wasn’t sure what it was, but I felt more at peace there then in my hometown or high school. The bustling and expressive community? The quieter landscapes of the area? I wasn’t sure what it was, but I definitely enjoyed what I saw at Lasell.

Fast forward to September 6th, move in day, I had a lot on my mind that morning. Oddly enough though I felt a sense of happiness I never felt in a long time. It’s bizarre, you hear all the stories of people feeling anxious about their first day, and I felt the opposite; a sense of relief of escaping a town that scarred my brain for ten years of my life.

Sure, the first week was full of unfamiliarity with what buildings were where, and how far they might be away from where I live on campus. but I could go outside and not have to interact with people who I have loathed since my youth, enjoy the fresh air and generally have a good time with life.

First Eye Opening Experience Reply

By Paige Loschiavo1851 Contributor 

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Paige Loschiavo standing between a door of a shed in Lyme, NH
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The Sunday after move in day at Lasell was my first experience seeing people with  different 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.

 

Giving it the Old College Try Reply

By Megan Doherty– 1851 Contributor

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Megan Doherty goofing around and taking selfies in her dorm. Photo by: Megan Doherty

My stomach tied in knots as I stood alone in my dorm for the first time. My roommate had left to go see her friend who just moved in too. Totes littered the floor, barely unpacked. I didn’t know what to feel. The world seemed to close in on me. I didn’t want to be there anymore, so I walked straight out of my dorm, sat outside the STC, and called my parents. 

The following week, I was miserable. I wasn’t eating. I would wake up early every morning wanting to throw up. I would be lying in bed shaking; wanting nothing more than to be at home, in my room. Every little difference stuck out to me. My dorm didn’t smell like Yankee Candles, Downy, and my perfume. I couldn’t hear my dog and cat running around. It wasn’t home. 

Classes hadn’t even started, and I was already thinking about dropping out. I was tired of feeling the way I did. I felt like my life was over. Questions flooded my mind, and wouldn’t stop bothering me. What am I going to do? What if college isn’t for me? How am I going to make a living? Why don’t I have any friends? Why is everyone doing so much better than me? 

I went home that first weekend, and ended up at the doctors office. It turns out that I was suffering from severe anxiety. A plan was made to help me navigate my adjustment with this new added obstacle. I’m not going to lie, getting that diagnosis hit me really hard. I felt like there was something wrong with me; like I wasn’t in control of my mind or my feelings. 

I didn’t want to come back to campus, but I pushed through. My family was extremely supportive of me, and so were all of my professors. As time went on, my anxiety started to fade some. I started eating again. I became comfortable in my classes. I made a friend from the club I joined. We now co-host a radio show together, and it is so much fun!

Now I love it here, so I’m digging my heels in. I’m not letting my fears stop me from living my life. Lasell has given me an amazing opportunity, so I’m going to make the most of it. I have big dreams for my future, and they start here.

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

By Mary Rand 1851 Contributor 

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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.

I never felt involved on campus my first year- and I never thought this feeling would disappear. I started to notice that my peers were getting involved in Student Government Association (SGA) or joining clubs like, empty bowls or Public Relations Alliances (PRA). I remember thinking it was so out of my ballpark to get involved here on campus.

As two years passed by…

I joined as a member of the PRA club. I knew that I wanted to declare my major as Public Relations, so I thought it would be fun to join the club. It finally felt like my life was coming together. I wasn’t spending every free chance I got in my dorm. I was actively hanging out with my new friends on and off campus. I took the T into the city to go shopping in downtown crossing with friends, and endured many late night trips to insomnia cookies.

One day I was sitting in my first year seminar class and I realized I wanted to be a peer mentor to offer future FYS students a better experience than I was offered. From that moment forward I was determined to make that change for future Lasell students. I was now involved on campus and knew I had the determination it takes to become a peer mentor. I want to leave the “bad” that I learned from my peer mentor, and take the “good.” I knew I wanted to be a peer mentor so I joined IDS106 to be certified, and now I am happy as ever peer mentoring Professor Franklin’s Art of Media storytelling first year seminar class.

The Californian Turned Bostonian Reply

By Jaron Kiviat1851 Contributor 

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The day was September 7th, 2019, move-in day. All summer long, the thought of this massive day caused me to feel a mix of anxiousness and excitement. To me, move-in day signified the end of one era, and the beginning of another.

Coming from Los Angele, moving to the Boston area to attend Lasell University was a huge change, a decision that totally countered many of my friends’, who decided to stay local. Because of the fact that I was moving across the country, my initial feeling about Lasell was one filled with an unexplainable balance of curiosity and fear.

Millions of questions ran through my brain as I mentally prepared myself to college. How was I going to adjust to the time difference? Being so used to the warm California weather, am I going to shiver and freeze once the ice-cold winter hits? Is this East Coast food going to be much different? Will I fit in and belong here?

But to my pleasant surprise, I’ve adjusted well. The wet, rainy mornings combined with the steady increase of cold chilled my pores initially, but I’ve begun getting used to it already.

While the dining hall hasn’t been amazing, every time I walk in and smell the fresh, hot, steaming pizza out of the oven, I always grow instantly hungry. The pizza here has been nothing short of fantastic so far, especially when I compare it to the underwhelming West Coast pizza I’m used to. 

The welcoming New England accents that fill the souls of the locals here has also been a key factor. Coming into college, I didn’t know if I’d fit in, growing up 3,000 miles away. But I can confidently say I absolutely love the people here. The passionate Boston sports fans everywhere, their New England welcoming vibe, cheerful energy, all of it has assured me that I belong here.

At the end of the day though, Lasell has been a pleasant surprise. I’m not going to lie, when I began the college process, I envisioned myself at a huge, D1 sports school, the exact opposite of Lasell. But between the fantastic scholarship, being in an incredible college town like Boston, and the idea of being “a big fish in a small pond”, Lasell was too appealing to resist.

However, coming into it with an open mind has helped me slowly but surely adjust to Lasell, and I can now say I fit in and love it here. The right choice was evidently made. This is now MY community, and I absolutely love it.

Elisio Nascimento Reply

By Elisio Nascimento1851 Contributor 

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Elisio Nascimento standing in front of tree

Walking onto this campus on August 18th was a life changing moment for me personally. That nervousness of feeling the grass on the soccer pitch for the teams tryouts quickly went away as my confidence grew and by the end of the day I was happy I could make my parents proud as they couldn’t be here with me.

The first three weeks went by smoothly, the instant bond i created with not only my teammates but other athletes on campus help me a lot emotionally. The fact I went from feeling i did not have anyone the first couple of nights to knowing i had people by my side was reassuring.

Moving day was a little bittersweet for me, although I was curious about all these new people and excited to meet them I also disliked the fact I had to leave my nice dorm at Rockwell hall to move into McClelland which was not the greatest compared to where I was during preseason. As the weeks have gone by, I’ve been meeting more and more new people and enjoying myself quite a bit, having good company always makes me feel like a void is being filled and i am honestly grateful for the opportunity to have these connections.

The workload has been the downside in all of this, playing a sport and not being used to college workload is not easy and takes time to get used to all of it. Sometimes the anxiety kicks in when I look at all the papers or the assignments I have due and that can be

a struggle at times. Being alone in college and stepping out of my comfort zone has definitely been a challenge, but in life you should never let yourself get too comfortable and this is a lesson I will take with me throughout my whole life.

Now in week 8, I’m constantly working to better myself both on the field and in the classroom, Lasell is 100% the best thing that has happened to me in a very long time and i hope i can keep that same thought going forward.