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.
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.

First Year Stress Leads to a Perfect Fit Reply

By Cyairra Lowe1851 Contributor 

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Move-in day at Lasell and I was delayed for two days and then stuck on a plane coming home from Florida because of a hurricane. Talk about first impressions. The only time my sister and I could get to fly, I was supposed to move into my doom. Not only was I late on move-in day, but when I finally came home from my vacation I had to pack the car as quick as possible and drive to lasell. Luckily I only live an hour away.

By 8 o’clock at night, I realized I missed the whole move-in day experience. I didn’t get my keys or my card to get into my dorm, but I already knew my roommates and we keep in touch so they were there to let me in. It was late at night and the dark seemed to creep up on me. The campus was pitch quiet and the street lights didn’t help me feel safe. My roommates were already settled in and unpacked. They were kind enough to lend a helping hand to unpack my things. I found out my doom room was on the second floor. I must have walked up and down those stairs a thousand times because the next morning my legs were sore.

Going into college, my head was filled with fear of not being able to succeed and not having the ability to perform well in my classes. I had anxiety rushing over me with the thought of failing school and being left with debt and no diploma. These were my worries going into my first year of college. Thankfully, this was not the reality of what Lasell University has turned out to be. My true experience at Lasell University has been more than successful so far.

There are lots of reasons why my first impression has turned positive. This college has provided me with the tools I need to learn and pass my classes, and the ability to receive help when I need it. At the Academic Achievement Center, tutors for every subject are available for all students. My roommates support me by helping me when I’m having a breakdown after studying for a long period of time. They would take me out to get Chinese food and ice cream and watch movies and relax. They always find a way to make me feel better.  I’ve quickly learned that I need to do my own work, but they’re here and have my back when I need them.

After a rough start moving in, my impression of Lasell is that it’s a great fit for me.

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.

My New Start Reply

By Emma Murray

The day was August 19th. Nerves filled my body as I drove onto campus. I was here two weeks early for cross country pre-season. The campus was very quiet and peaceful. I truthfully was not ready for a change. I did not want to go to college, I wanted to be back home with all my friends. Of course, the first night was rough and I was homesick. The bed was stiff and I missed my parents, but as time passed I slowly started getting used to the feeling of being away from home.

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Class of 2017 moves in with hopes, ambition, and luggage 1

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Emily M. Kochanek – News Editor

The Class of 2017 moved onto campus on September 6, eager to settle into college life. According to Dean of Admissions James Tweed, the enrollment for the first-years stands at 430 students, slightly less than the record-setting 558 students last year.

Dip in enrollment is normal, said Tweed, “It’s not an exact science.” Lasell has kept the numbers of enrolled students consistent to ensure class size and ability to use connected learning within small classrooms. “We’re looking at no fluctuations,” Tweed said. He also added that the institution is healthy and growing at a steady pace. More…