Freshman year of college is something I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. So far, it’s been everything I expected and so much more. I knew Marist College was the right choice for me because I felt at home every time I stepped foot on campus. As one of the only people going to the northeast for college from my hometown of Stillwater, Oklahoma, I was nervous about completely starting over, but at the same time, I was very excited to meet new people and challenge myself in a completely different location.
I took advantage of the opportunity to move in early through Singers Camp, which was probably the best decision I could have made. Our move-in day was Wednesday, August 24th where I met my Singers Buddy, Brittany, and my roommate, Danielle, who was also doing Singers Camp. Brittany and I automatically hit it off and she helped me with everything, from moving in to my dorm room on the fifth floor to making sure I knew where rehearsals and events were on campus. Even today, I know that Brittany is always there for me not matter what question I have. I’m thankful for our friendship and the impact she has had on my college experience already. My roommate Danielle and I had been chatting and texting since we found out we would be roommates, so I was very excited to meet her in person. We bonded quickly and, just as quickly, became friends with many of the other girls in the Freshman Woman’s Choir whom we would spend up to eight or nine hours with rehearsing on a daily basis for camp. The bond that many of us who participated in Singers Camp formed will be something that we will always remember throughout our time here at Marist.
When all of the other freshmen moved in on Saturday, we couldn’t wait to meet more of the freshman class. There were a lot of introductions and then forgetting of names the first couple of days, but it was very interesting meeting so many people and learning about where they are from. Although Hurricane Irene managed to cancel classes on our first day of college, she didn’t stop us from forming friendships as we all went through the experiences of power outages and fire alarm problems (giving Leo Hall one awful night of sleep). Then classes officially started and, as classes began, clubs and activities began as well. In high school, I was always involved in many different activities, so I was ecstatic to learn about all of the different opportunities Marist offered on campus.
One of my main focuses has been getting involved with the Student Government Association. I decided to run for Freshman Class President which has been an incredible experience. I’ve worked very hard and campaigned more than I ever had to in high school because I had to meet so many new people in a short amount of time. Campaigning was a fantastic way to meet fellow freshmen and discuss what needs to be done on campus from a freshman point of view. I’ve met a lot of great people in my class as well as some incredible upperclassmen SGA members and executives through my campaign to be Freshman Class President. I hope to stay connected with them, no matter the results of the election. In addition to SGA, I am involved in Quest, Leo Excel Program, the Ambassador Program, and am working for the Marist Poll. I am also a Soprano II section leader in the Freshman Woman’s Choir, and I hope to get more involved with SPC and Campus Ministry. Being so involved is one way I handle the distance between me and my family and friends. The transition to college for me hasn’t been too much of a challenging one because I have been so busy since stepping foot on campus. I still miss my parents, sister, and friends back home, but I know that this time at Marist is a time for me to personally grow and be independent. Without the great community of Red Foxes that I have around me, I don’t know if I would be able to handle being so far from home, but the amazing people I have met have made me feel part of a family here at Marist College. I can’t wait to continue my journey and see where the path set before me takes me.
–Courtney Lawlor ’15
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