New Place, New Friends
Blogger: Katherine Kim
College is the start of something new in several ways. There is a chance you may know a few people, or you may not. Since so many students come from different backgrounds it can be intimidating or slightly worrying not knowing whom your new friends will be. After all, most of your current friends you’ve known for years and years but now you have to start all over. It’s a new environment, filled with new people, new academic focuses, and new experiences that can easily make you feel lost wherever you go for the first few days.
For me, the transition into college was a bit nerve-wracking because I didn’t really know what to expect. What really helped me was being involved with athletics. I play soccer for the women’s team at Oxy, and it has definitely helped me feel more at home. Being involved in a sport gives you a chance to become a part of a family. Getting to know other first years that are going through the same transition as me has been comforting, and being able to talk to upperclassmen has made college seem less daunting. Having the team and our coach as a support system only drives me to want to succeed as an athlete and a scholar. Hearing what they’ve experienced, how they’ve managed the last few years balancing academics, internships, and sports, and sharing their plans for the future has definitely inspired me to get the most out of my four years here. I would definitely encourage first-years to get involved with sports or other organizations as a way to meet people and to explore their interests. Being a part of the team has opened the way for numerous friendships that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
Regardless of if you play a sport or not, you’ll easily find people you connect with at your time here. I’ve also become friends with people from classes, my O-team, random interactions, and especially my residential hall. The beauty of Occidental being a small campus is that you will begin to see familiar faces no matter where you go. Within a few weeks of school, I began to see people I had just met all around campus, and just saying “hi” to each other made me feel like I was already a part of the community. The possibilities at Occidental are endless in academics, sports, clubs, and even friendships. There’s something for everyone and there` is no doubt in my mind that when you come to Oxy, it will begin to feel like home in no time.