Be unique

A new semester means new classes new roommates and new college experiences. For incoming Ferris students, this fall will mean the start of a new level of independence living on campus. For returning students, it means being one year closer to graduation. Regardless of what this new semester means for you, one thing is certain; a new class schedule is upon us.

A few memorable moments, a couple warm days and now its back to classes. As students begin to move back on campus, the stresses of class, paying tuition and finding a place to park on campus are starting to become more of a reality.

However, once the stress of unpacking that last box is gone and the first classes have started, you realize that college is about experiences that will help you grow as a person. Being away from your parents and moving away from childhood friends might seem overwhelming. For most of us it was. Still, college is the time to be unique. Dress different, protest, be opinionated and discover who you are and what you believe. It’s the stronger sense of independence and self-definition that makes college campuses unique when compared to high school classrooms.

Each semester of college has brought about experiences that have tested me as an individual. Whether it was through volunteering in registered student organizations or simply sitting through a professor’s lecture, I learned a lot about myself these past few years. Since first coming to Ferris, I have met a number of new people who have become my closest friends and gone places I never thought I’d visit.

This upcoming semester will mark the start of my senior year at Ferris and prepare my transition from college to post-graduation adulthood. Still, every moment I have experienced throughout my college career has come from me stepping away from my usual circumstances and feeding my personal interests to learn something new.

Therefore, rather you’re a new or returning student I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and make this school year different from the last. When it is all said and done, all the memories you make throughout college will definitely help to discover who you are. n