At last, with only two days left on campus and three exams completed, there is just one exam to go! One test stands between me and freedom. Seven questions until summer officially starts! I wish there was more time on campus to just relax. There are so many people here that I want to hang out with but we are always so busy. Then as soon as exams end, the campus grows deserted. Although summer is not too long, not seeing my friends for even a single day seems weird. I have eaten, talked to, and simply seen all of these people every single day. I live with these people! Now, I won’t see them for three whole months and that saddens me, but I know that we will all go our separate ways and have an amazing summer. And then our paths will cross again and we will reunite.
For my last blog post, I thought it was time to explain why I chose Colby College.
Honestly, I visited Colby once and it left little of an impression on me. I don’t remember much of my experience except that I thought Colby was pretty and had a beautiful quad. I wasn’t planning on coming to Colby. It was a random choice thrown onto my application checklist because my guidance counselor thought it was a good fit. But things don’t always go the way you plan them to.
I didn’t get into many of the schools that I thought I would. In the end, I was left with three school and a bunch on the dreaded waiting list. Between Colby, Emmanuel, and Northeastern, I chose Colby because they provided tremendous financial aid for me. My other schools’ financial aid package could not compare to Colby’s. That, in short, is how I ended up here.
Then the day arrived to actually move in. Deciding on a college is a big choice but you don’t really feel it until you are there. Sure I had chosen Colby, but that meant nothing until I was actually on the campus and watched my parents drive away. As I unpacked my boxes, it hit me and I was filled with fear. What if the people were all intense hikers or hippies? What if they didn’t have the classes or majors I was interested in? What if I couldn’t handle being on my own? What if I made the wrong choice?
All of these thoughts swirled around in my head throughout the day as I awkwardly tried to start up conversation with my floor mates. I was thankful that I had my dorm to eat with the first couple of days and then I met my COOT. Although I was terrified that COOT would be super outdoorsy and I would be at the back of the pack the entire trip, COOT was a fantastic experience. I saw the beauty in Maine, had a lot of fun mooning my cross-COOT, and ended the extravaganza with ice cream at Dairy Cone. After meeting my Community Advisors (CAs) and COOT parents, I realized that there are so many passionate people on campus. These people were so open and such born leaders. They all deserved the spot and made me feel completely welcomed. As I grew closer to the people in my dorm, I began to truly feel at home. Within a couple of weeks we had multiple texting groups going and ate every meal together. We were already joking around about being perpetually alone and needing someone to cuddle with. Just like that everything was okay.
Although I chose Colby based off of financial aid, I am so happy to be here. I have met some of my best friends. We have talked about visiting each other, whether it be in New York, Nicaragua, or Germany. We have discussed being at each other’s weddings. I am so glad I chose Colby, because Colby has some of the kindest, friendliest, engaged, dedicated, and hard-working people. There is always someone doing something amazing on campus and pursuing whatever it is that makes them passionate. And there are always people there to help out and join in. I’ve met people who are so intelligent, but no one talks about grades or GPAs. You know they are smart, because they talk about the things they are learning in class with such great depth. Everyone is learning and enjoying life together. I couldn’t think of anywhere else I’d want to be.