Hello Baby Bull,
I first want to congratulate you on getting accepted into USFSP. I hope that you are as excited as I was to finally attend college. This is the next big step towards your dream job, and what you do here will be with you forever so make the most out of it! College is what you make of it so if you want to have a good time you will. I will admit that when I first came to college over summer I was a little hesitant. It was my first time being away from home and I didn’t really know if my roommates would like me or if I would make friends fast. However the great thing about that is your classmates are in the same boat. For most of them, it is also their first time being away from home which means everyone is homesick and nervous. Roommates will soon become your best friends, if they are shy just take the first step and introduce yourself and just establish the open door of communication. What’s the open door of communication? Allowing yourself to be there if they need someone to talk to or if they just want some advice. I found that doing this was a great way to make friends with my roommates. You’ll make friends quick, not only because you’ll probably want to study together, but also because they are most likely in your major and will be taking the same classes as you for awhile.
Enough with being homesick and making friends! Let me tell you what you should bring with you to college. Bring about half of your closet (mostly summer clothes!) Bring your hygienic products: toothbrush, body soap, shampoo and conditioner, towels, etc. Bring any pictures that you want of your family, friends, pets and just any fond memories! Especially if you don’t live close and can’t go home often. I can’t stress how much being able to look at pictures of old times helped ease my homesickness. If you haven’t learned how to do laundry or cook – I would learn before summer comes! Remember to check your schedule before the first day of classes so that you know where you are going and what time you have to wake up.
The last thing that I wish to tell you before closing this letter is to take advantage of all the free and cool things that get offered to you as a student. If there is a bingo that offers you free groceries I highly encourage you to go! And take all of your roommates, who knows maybe one of you will win and then you’ll have some food that you didn’t have to pay for! I mean who doesn’t like free food? Just get involved on campus – it will make your experience so much better. I am speaking from experience – it is great!
I can’t wait to see you at Orientation and around campus!
– Iannah Johnson, Orientation Leader