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By Andrea Starr

From back left: Gunnar Stoltz, Samantha Enright
From back right: Josh Huneault, Jake Miller, Jacklyn Torrisi, Taylor Denstaedt

Not 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.

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4 Responses to Homesick?

  1. Brittney Coleman Reply

    October 13, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Being from Alaska, there was only one thing I was scared of coming to Michigan for school, being homesick. Because we are such a small school, everyone welcomed me as if they new me my whole life. I have never felt so comfortable in my life. THe staff and faculty, the RA leaders and dorm leaders were the best. My first week at orientation, we did nothing but get to know the other freshman and some of the upper class-man. I do agree with you that since were a small school the transition from high school to college was much easier then I thought. This was a great article and I’m glad I got to relate to it.

  2. Paige Reply

    October 14, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Andrea,
    This is a great article and should be read by all incoming freshman here at Finlandia. If it’s one thing that I feared most about being away from home, it was being homesick; not being able to make friends, or the right one’s for the matter. I can’t deny, I felt homesick quite a bit the start of my freshman year, but friends and sports helped tremendously once the year started going. Getting involved is the best way to prevent down time and overthinking things. There should be a friend or activity on campus for everyone without a doubt. Get yourself involved, people! It’ll make your college years here at Finlandia so much easier.

  3. Melinda Reply

    October 14, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    I agree with the comments above me! Great article too by the way! I live locally but I can’t imagine what one must feel having to come hundreds of miles to go to college. The people, faculty, and staff that i have met so far have been incredibly supportive. It almost feels like i have developed a “second family” here on campus. The students here are very friendly and always willing to help you out with whatever it may be. I agree with Paige, this should definitely be read by ALL incoming freshmen students.

  4. Travis Armstrong Reply

    October 15, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Andrea,
    This was a good article to relate to and feel that incoming students should look at before they decide to come here and realize what a welcoming school this is. Coming from Canada, I realized that I had no choice but to get out there and meet people, considering the transportation back home is so much of a hassle. The small school vibe, as well as the small town vibe makes meeting people a lot easier and more reachable.

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