This semester has been a large transition in my life. I left behind all my friends and family to come to Ohio State University; however, I have made many new friends and met a very diverse range of people. The shift in coursework has probably been the most dramatic and abrupt. Classes are much more rigorous and involve more out-of-class work than in high school. They have taught me how to better manage my time and my studying habits have improved, although I still have much more room for improvement. I also have been given many more freedoms, such as scheduling my own classes, doing my own laundry, and paying for everything. Overall, these freedoms have taught me responsibility.
The second semester of my freshman year, I was still adjusting, but felt much more acclimated to the Ohio State University environment. During the fall semester, I was concerned with adjusting so I did join any student organizations; however, this semester I decided to become more involved. I was recommend by a friend to pledge Alpha Phi Omega, a coed service fraternity. I was hesitant about joining Greek life, but decided to look into it. I pledged and soon fell in love with the extremely strong sense of fellowship that the fraternity had. It provided me with many fun service projects that I would not have heard of otherwise and I’ve made a lot of new friends of all years. I am very excited to return next semester and I hope to acquire a leadership position in the near future.