Well I am back into the swing of things, hitting the books hard preparing for my finals trying to make sure I graduate without any problems. I had my first taste of college this past weekend and I cannot wait to go back! Everything about my freshman orientation was above and beyond any expectations that I previously had. Orientation started off a bit awkward with doing some ice breaking activities with the other incoming freshman who I didn’t know at all. However, gradually things began to open up and I was introduced to a bunch of awesome people. I met people from all over the country ranging from California all the way to New York. The Southern culture seems like it might take a bit getting used to since I have been born and raised in St. Louis my whole life, but I am confident I can make the adjustment well. I was able to register for all the classes I wanted, and I met several of my future professors who all seemed very friendly and approachable.
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I was able to practice on Friday afternoon with the soccer team, and I really enjoyed being around the team. There seemed to be a true sense of camaraderie among the team, and everyone welcomed me with open arms. I really held my own at practice, and even scored a goal when we scrimmaged at the end of practice. My future roommate, Joe, was was also there for orientation and I am pumped to have met him. He is from New Orleans and seems like a great guy, and I really think our personalities will mesh well together. Also, I had a great talk with the new coach and I cannot wait to report to preseason in August. The coach is really concerned with developing me both as a person and as a player. He stressed the importance of academics, community involvement, and being a positive leader on and off the field.