Oh, the college years
It has been almost 10 years since I started my first day of college. I remember being bogged down by my backpack that held my laptop, a notebook for every class and every book needed for those classes, plus my lunch. I was a commuter if you couldn’t guess. And I was just like every other freshman, easily spotted from a mile away with a dumbfounded look on my face and class schedule in my hands.
The four years I spent at Kent State University flew by. At the time, it felt as if they’d never end. I was tired of all of the general classes during my freshman and sophomore years, but by the time my last semester rolled around, I couldn’t believe I was headed out in to the real world. And now that I’m older, I see how useful those general and elective courses were. If nothing else, I can correctly answer many of the art questions on Jeopardy!
That’s not to say that college was a breeze. I signed up for classes with one major declaration, then changed before classes even started, then changed majors yet again junior year and immediately changed back.
I guess you could say I was a bit indecisive. But isn’t that what your college years are supposed to be about? It’s hard to know at 18 what you want to do for the rest of your life. Heck, at 17, I wanted to go into the medical field. The fact that I get queasy at the sight of blood should have tipped me off that it wouldn’t be the best route for me.
My advice to those who are starting college—whatever age you may be—is this: Enjoy your college experience. Soak up all the learning you can, and get involved. (I wish I would have been more involved in campus organizations.) Make connections with other people in your field. You never know when you might bump into each other after college.
Luckily for us Stark Countians, there is an abundance of top-notch higher education facilities right here in the county. Kent State University at Stark, Malone University, University of Mount Union, Stark State College, Walsh University and Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences all call Stark County home, and all offer many programs with high graduation and job-securement rates. Find out more about all of them in this issue. Have fun learning!
Until next month,
Kelsey Reinhart, editor