Freshmen reflect on their first two weeks of college

Freshmen should be able to find all they need in the new CASS building. Photo by: Jarrod Gunn

Kaia Wright, a first-year psychology major from Atlanta, is new to the area and is still trying to get used to her new surroundings after more than two weeks in Florida’s capital city. This is her first semester on campus.

“My first two weeks have definitely been an adjustment especially coming from out of state,” Wright said. “But on the other hand, everyone at the university has been very welcoming for the most part so it helped me make an easier transition to the area.”

The freshmen interviewed for this story said that their first two weeks of college was sometimes challenging — but also rewarding. First-year students said they were excited to finally be on campus even though you still must follow the university’s guidelines pertaining to COVID.

Amon Brown, a first-year mechanical engineering major from Baltimore, had never been to Tallahassee until he decided to relocate for college. This is his first semester on campus.

“I’ve definitely had to adjust fast during the first two weeks of classes because it’s a faster pace,” Brown said. “From day one every teacher began teaching the material and giving out homework, but I figured out already that if I don’t procrastinate with my assignments then I should be fine.”

Nadia Gordon, a public relations major from Sanford, has been living in Florida her whole life, but had never visited Tallahassee before she decided FAMU would be the college she would attend.

“It’s been a good experience so far and I’ve met tons of great people,” Gordon said. “I’ve participated in a lot of activities on campus that has helped make the transition to living on my own easier. The professors have listened to me so far when I’ve asked for help.”

Freshmen around the FAMU campus have had mixed emotions as to how they plan to make steady progress in furthering their education. While socializing is still a challenge for everyone due to COVID, everyone is still meeting new people.

Now that everyone has gotten settled into being on campus, these freshmen plan to take advantage of the opportunities they have being at FAMU and to keep going to class and keeping their priorities in order so that they can be sure to finish their first semester of college in immaculate fashion.