New faces on campus share their tips on how to adapt to life on campus.
Moving away from home marks an important milestone in life. With the new change of scenery comes a new set of responsibilities, benefits and challenges. Whether forcing yourself not to hit the snooze button on your 8 a.m. alarm, or relying on friends to keep their minds off of home, the students new to Concordia’s campus have each found their own ways to adapt to life on campus.
For freshman Austin Evers life on campus can literally feel like a maze at times.
“The tunnel system was really confusing at first, there’s so many different routes you can take or little shortcuts that you just don’t know about during your first few days on campus,” he said “But after a couple weeks and with a little help from some of the older students on campus you start to pick up on where everything is and how to get there the quickest way possible.”
Although some students may be focused on finding their way to class, struggle with dealing with homesickness. Freshman Christian Mesa came to Concordia from La Quinta, Calif. Living over 2,000 miles away from home can have its drawbacks.
“I think the hardest part about being away from home is not seeing my brother all the time. He and I are really close so it’s hard to go from seeing him all the time to hardly ever seeing him,” said Mesa. “I think the thing that’s helped me the most is making a lot of close friends fairly quickly. One of my friends in particular, Adam Taylor, is an out of state student and we’ve become really close so it helps to have someone else who’s going through the same things that I am. It’s almost like he’s become my second brother.”
Although some students fill time with friends, others invest that time into being a part of a sports team. Freshman Nathan Hunt is involved in the football program.
“For me, like a lot of kids, the hardest thing about moving away is missing all the friends and the people you have back home. But being involved with football has let me keep my mind off of that because of how busy our schedule is and how much my teammates have really embraced me as part of their family. We’ve got a lot of guys on the team who have gone through the same things that us younger guys are going through right now and having them around really helps because we act as a support system for each other,” said Hunt.
As the semester continues, the new faces on campus will continue to grow, manage, and adapt to their new lives of Concordia students in different ways.