First-year Perspective

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Maia Campbell

From very early on in my senior year of high school, I was prepared to go to college.

And I remember trying to pick a college, it came down to the three schools that I could afford to go to. Assumption was one of them. Ultimately, the decision came down to where I would feel happiest, though availability of academic programs had something to do with the decision as well. When I was at Assumption, I felt home, and no other college gave me that feeling. So I decided to officially call it my home.

I have not regretted one moment of my decision to be here at Assumption.

I know that is a strong claim, but hear me out. In the first year of college, people often are still figuring out who they are, what they want to do with their lives and what their beliefs are. In that sense, it is like a second version of middle school. Now, I cannot speak for everyone, but in my experience, I am finding that I have not been completely sure of everything in my life. At Assumption, I have found that it is okay for me not to know, and I know that I am not figuring things out alone. I have the help of faculty, administrators and friends that truly care about me. They also truly care about every other student, making Assumption one of the most caring places I have ever been.

I have always said that I love learning and am open to growing as a person, and I feel that Assumption has provided an environment that fosters growth. But you cannot grow without challenges, and I am thankful for those challenges.

One category of challenges I faced is that of academics. I would have to say that my most challenging courses have been Introduction to Theology and Public History. I took Intro last semester, and it really revealed just how stubborn I was. Even though I continued to say that learning was important to me, I would not hear out other people’s perspectives. I am not saying that I need to change my beliefs to match anyone else’s; in fact, I have not. My point is that because of that theology class, I have become more understanding of what I believe and what others believe, as well. It is good to be knowledgeable about other people’s ways of life so that as a species, humans can have constructive, unhostile conversations. Through theology, I learned much more about what it means to be a human being.

I have also been challenged in my Public History course. This course deals with professions in history other than being a professor or teacher. What is challenging about this course is the workload, and I’m also starting to think that maybe working in a museum is not the only profession for me.

Also, there have been some challenging social situations. I will not go into detail, but through all of these stressful social situations mixed with academics, I learned the hard way that I need to balance my life. As mean as it may sound, I cannot always completely invest myself into my friends. I learned that I need to care for them but still care for myself.

However, my experience here has not only been about learning in the traditional classroom sense, but also learning in my club involvement, as well. Through writing for Le Provocateur, I continue to enjoy writing even more, and I am enthused to share it with the world. Through the Campus Activities Board I have learned a lot about planning events and being a student leader. I love getting student leadership experience, as I am hoping to become a Resident Assistant, an Orientation Leader and possibly a CAB executive. Through these student leadership opportunities, I am learning that perhaps a career in student affairs is in my future, so I definitely want to explore that more.

Most of all, I think I have grown in my understanding of what it means to be an adult. I work at the community desk, and I am slowly learning the ropes of managing finances. Thankfully, my parents are there to help me with this one. Actually, my parents are worth mentioning in general lessons on being an adult. They have supported me through my endeavors here at Assumption, and I cannot thank them enough for all they have done. I know that I will continue to learn from them for the rest of my days.

My Assumption College experience, in sum, has been nothing less than spectacular. I have no doubt that this is where I was meant to be. Yes, I know that wherever I go in life, whether it be to the Smithsonian or to help mentor future college students, Assumption will always be a part of me.

As I have said for a very long time, it will always be true for me: once a Hound, always a Hound. .

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