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
Photo Credits: Cara Dyke Phoography

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.

 

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.

Study Abroad Video Contest Reply

Bonjour! During International Education Week in November, students and faculty watched and voted on Study Abroad Video Contest entries from this past year. The winner, Abbey Coughlan from the Class of 2019, documented her experiences in Spain as well as other countries she visited while abroad. The other three entries showcase student experiences in Ireland, Italy and England.

Thank you to all who voted and enjoy!

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First Year Confession Reply

By Emily Hong

It’s been a little over a month since I started here at Lasell. I’m just your typical freshman – I live in Woodland, dread waking up for my 8 a.m. and eat the same foods from the dining hall. I also have a little bit of a Red Bull addiction. I’m not complaining though! It’s been a fun, busy and tiring month but we all made it and we’re doing pretty well so far. Here’s the top three ways my life breaks down these days:

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