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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Professor Wardyga is in charge of the radio station at Lasell. Photo by Taylor Viles.
One highlight of the trip for Professor Anderson was the constant electric scooter riding. Photo by Taylor Viles.
For Professors Lauren Anderson and Brian Wardyga, a communication-based trip, like the one they just chaperoned to Washington, D.C., is a vital experience for students to learn about the industry, make connections, and bond with classmates.
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.
As college students, sometimes having fun can be hard on a low income. Luckily, Lasell University students can take advantage of the many local restaurants, stores and museums that offer student discounts. More often than not, your favorite retailers and restaurants offer student discounts, all you have to do is ask! If you’re pinching pennies this semester checkout some local places below!
Wicked Big Foodie?
Fire and Ice: All you can eat Mondays for $10.99 205 Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116
Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers: 10% off with student ID 949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215
Donohaue’s Bar and Grill: $2-3 on Taco Tuesday 87 Bigelow Ave., Watertown, MA 02472
Museum of Fine Arts: Free admission with student ID 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115
The New England Aquarium: Discounted admission with student ID 1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
West Newton Cinema: $10 dollars with student ID 1296 Washington St., West Newton, MA 02465
Red Sox tickets: As low as $9 with for students, see my.lasell.edu.com, Student Life, then “Buy tix”
Boston Common Frog Pond Ice-Skating: half off every Tuesday from mid-November to mid-March 38 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108
The Studio Empower: $15 dollar pilates classes, 15% off class package 81 Union St, Newton Centre, MA 02459
Pilates A Fitness Studio: $12 drop in classes 681 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451
Wicked long hair?
Haircutters Heaven: $5 dollars off a haircut 574 South St., Waltham, MA 02453
Fernandez Beauty Salon: 10% off with student ID 77 Prospect St., Waltham, MA 02453
Escape Salon Aveda: 15% off with student ID Prudential Tower, 800 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199