Written by Haley Zerobnick, ESLLC 2017-2018
Whether you’re from across the globe, across the country, across the state, or even just across the street, the transition to college life can be extremely difficult. Being in a foreign place with no recognizable faces can be extremely intimidating. When I arrived on the DU campus I thought it would be a breeze because I had grown up in the area, knew my way around the city, and could go home whenever I pleased. Boy, was I wrong. The transition from living at home to living on campus was terrifying. I wanted so badly to fit in but still be myself, make friends, excel in my classes, and be the perfect student and daughter. Needless to say, not all of those things happened.
The first LLC meeting was such a lifesaver. There was an upwards of 20 people that I lived with, shared interests with, and had classes with. It was a group of people that were much like myself, all scared, all wanting to achieve greatness. It was a room full of automatic family who all became so important to me. I can genuinely say, without the support of the people I spend most of my time with, I would not be where I am at the end of this year. We have laughed together, cried together, struggled through midterms and finals, survived the “pioneer plague” of winter quarter, and have all come out more or less victorious. The transition to life as a college student was made so much easier having these wonderful people to support me unconditionally.
Along with great friends, came great opportunities. The University of Denver is a fairly environmentally friendly campus with sustainable events happening weekly, if not daily. If I wasn’t in the environmental sustainability LLC I would have no clue about all of these great events like the sustainability council meetings, volunteering opportunities, zero waste sporting events, food recovery events, and even things like summer job/ internship opportunities. Overall this year has been extremely stressful, and although I have not quite lived up to my expectations of the perfect student, I have exceeded my expectations of making friends that will last a lifetime.