By Andrea StarrNot these freshmen! College can be a huge leap for a lot of people; after all, leaving home, family, and friends can lead to an overwhelming culture shock. However, here at Finlandia the transition seems like old hat to this year’s new and incoming students. When asked how she was adjusting to college life so far, Samantha Enright, an art therapy major, said it’s “pretty cool” living on campus and she’s met a lot of cool people who’ve made the transition much smoother.
Austin Greer, a sports management major, feels he’s handling the switch with no problem. He’s juggling a 14 credit load on top of a rigorous soccer commitment and still finds free time to “just chill”. Like Enright, Greer has also met a core group of people he has come to be good friends with.
Gunnar Stoltz, who is studying integrated design here at Finlandia University explains that the main reason he doesn’t feel homesick is because the friends he’s made here have become like a second family to him. Stoltz also says that he enjoys that “everyone is really friendly with everyone.”
Starting to see a pattern? Finlandia’s welcoming atmosphere and small size can make the transition from high school a smooth one for college freshmen. In fact, some of the off campus students who’d rather not be identified said, “I wish I lived on campus so I could meet more people.”
Well, there you have it, folks, straight from your fellow classmates. If you’re feeling homesick, get out and meet someone! There are plenty of wonderful clubs to join here on campus for many different interest groups. You never know- new friends could be the answer to bridging the gap between Finlandia and home.