I graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in December of 2012. I received my Bachelors of Arts in Linguistics with a minor in Anthropology. I had so much fun in college and since I graduated early I miss being in school. I honestly can’t wait for graduate school. So here are the 10 things I miss most about college:
1. Meeting New People
Every class, every event, every program was a prime time to meet new people and network with like-minded individuals. It helps you to not feel so alone if you’re in a new city or state.
I miss those intellectual conversations and debates! This is going to sound really crazy but I miss researching. I don’t miss writing research papers, but I love looking up information and figuring out what is valid in the world of academia.
3. Sorority Life
I had to put this one as number 3 since I’m a ‘Tre’ or the 3rd person of my line. I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. I was initiated with the Lambda Upsilon Chapter Spring 2012 line. I love many aspects of Delta, but for me the most important is sisterhood. I love all of my sorors from my chapter. We all had different and sometimes crazy personalities but when it came to Delta we were one.
4. Residential Hall Community
I think that only people who work or have worked for the Housing Department on their campus would truly understand this. Nonetheless, I loved the community environment of my residential hall. We had amazing programs and unwavering traditions that have lasted many years. For me, it was exciting to know that I had an influence on the freshmen students for the success of their first year of college.
5. My Own Pace
I loved making my schedule! While I like my job now, I am not a morning person so a 8am-5pm desk job does not suit me. I miss waking up on my own terms and having time to relax or do a little work in between classes and sit out on the lawn to enjoy the weather.
6. Welcome Week
Technically, this week is only for the freshmen students to get to know campus and meet new people before classes begin. However, since I worked in a freshmen residence hall, I got to participate in a lot of the events during this week. So of my favorite events were Battle of the Halls and Casino Night. Oh the memories…
7. Being Involved on Campus
Besides Delta and working for Housing, one of my favorite organizations was UCA Ambassadors. I got talk to prospective students about how awesome UCA is, share my personal experience as a current student, and give them a tour of our beautiful campus. Every ambassador received awards based on how many tours they had given and how any years they volunteered. I now have too many UCA shirts, polos, windbreakers, tumblers, and other UCA paraphernalia.
8. Learning about Yourself
College is definitely that time in your life to figure out ‘who you are.’ It’s the perfect time to try new things like dying your hair a crazy color, experimenting with fashion (and makeup for women), and learning how to cook. For me this was the time that I learned how much I love dancing and I went back to having natural hair.
9. Free Summers, Winter Breaks and Spring Breaks
I can’t complain too much here because the staff and faculty at UCA do get 2 weeks off for winter break and I took my own personal mini-vacation for 2 weeks in the summer. Nevertheless, having an entire 3 months to do whatever is still more appeasing.
I know the nerd in me is showing, but I love projects. It was a great opportunity to show my creativity. Individual projects, group projects, banners, posters, whatever…I was ready to create something.
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