Freshman’s first thoughts: ‘No one knew my name’

So here I am. My first year at Bowling Green State University.

I can honestly say that I was so excited to finally become a part of something so grand, but at the same time, I was scared out of my mind. I wasn’t ready for such a drastic change.

Leaving everything behind at home made me sad. My family, my adorable schnauzer, my friends, my parish, everything everyone knew me for.


Left behind.

I was going somewhere where no one would know my name. But, as far as freshmen go, we were all in the same boat.

I left home with the thought that I was off to a greater experience, and that was something worth looking forward to.

Within my first few days here, I already felt at home. I had made some great friends, and had already embarked on some amazing adventures. And as big and confusing as the campus seemed at the time, I learned where everything was in less than a week.

Out of all the days I have been here, I have only been homesick once, which took me completely by surprise. I thought I would be miserable my first week of college, but it proved to be just the opposite.

I keep in touch with everyone back home. And the first thing they always ask me is, “So how is college?” And I always answer with great enthusiasm, “It’s amazing! I love it here! I never want to come back home!”

I don’t plan on going home until fall break. I have heard many people say that when they come home from college, that it is very strange, and I know that will be the same for me. I think about it often, and I brace myself for the strange feeling that it is not my home anymore.

Bowling Green is my home, and I love it. I feel like I have been here for years.

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