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Life as a Vaquero at Santa Barbara City College

December 1, 2010

Cynthia Moore (left) and friend

by Cynthia Moore (Dublin High School Class of 2010 grad and Santa Barbara City College Freshman)

I am a freshman at Santa Barbara City College pursuing degrees in both English and Theatre Arts. As finals week quickly approaches, I can’t help but think about all that I have accomplished in the last 12 months. I have legally become an adult, moved out of my parents’ house, and started college. With all those milestones accumulating, my responsibilities accumulated as well. Needless to say, I was terrified. But hopefully my experiences will help you when you reach your first year of college.

The first thing I wish I would have known is that it is absolutely normal to be homesick.  You will not be the only one going through it and you do not have to be ashamed or embarrassed to admit if you are. And odds are, your family misses you as much as you miss them. To ease the homesickness, call home a few times a week or put up some pictures of friends from back home. Just make sure you don’t spend your entire time staring that those pictures.

Another way to ease into the college experience is to get involved. Try-out for a sports team, audition for a play (nudge nudge), or join a club. Getting involved in something is a great way to meet new people and make new friends. Many of the adults I have talked to say that they met their best friends in college.

The biggest adjustment academically is that you are solely responsible for your education. You will no longer have the same schedule from day to day. In high school, you are at school for the same amount of time every day and you take the same classes everyday. That’s not the case in college. You may have one class one day, then the next day you have four. You need to be able to remember which days you have particular classes. You also need to rely on yourself to do well in those classes. Class sizes range from 20 students to several hundred students, depending on which school you attend. With so many students, professors don’t have the time or energy to keep track of every single student. You are responsible for going to your professor’s office hours if you need help. Don’t be afraid to ask if you need help.

All in all, college is a great experience. It’s a time to learn and make mistakes. It’s your time to figure out who you want to be and what you want to do with your life. Find your passion in life and go for it!

At the Dublin High School 2010 Senior Awards Night Cynthia Moore was awarded a scholarship by the Dublin High School Counseling Department.

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