One month away from home

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One month away from home

Jocelyn Burns

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Graduating high school, packing up most of your belongings and moving them to a whole new place can be a lot for incoming freshman. It’s been exactly one month since the Class of 2021 made Robert Morris their new home.

Sullie Symanski, one of those freshman, said he chose Robert Morris because of the small class sizes it offers and the proximity to home. He also loves the “community feel” of the campus. The community feel here can make it easier to become accustomed to college life because most students are willing to help out with directions, homework and making friends.

“I’m feeling confident as the move-in process and acclimation to college life has ended and we’re starting to get into the real experience,” Symanski said.

His favorite part of the transition from high school to college is the ability to be independent. This is can be a big shock to some when they first move because “you are the boss of you.” Trying to balance school, friendships, a healthy sleep schedule and a healthy diet can be tough if a person was not used to being responsible for all of those things before.

Mia Marzina, another freshman, also chose Robert Morris because of how close it is to her house and how great the nursing program is. Just like Symanski, one of her favorite parts is the size; however, she had a different take on the initial move-in process.

“Moving in and starting my first week of classes was very stressful, but after the first week I was used to it,” Marzina said.

Both students emphasized that they are having a lot of fun after getting situated with the change. One month is down out of the exciting four-year journey these freshman have ahead of them.