Who better to talk about what being a freshman at Penn State is like than… a freshman? Meet Corbin. He is a freshman in DUS (our undecided major track), a member of a fraternity… and he also happens to be my brother. I sat down with him to ask about what it was like to have a sibling at school, what surprised him the most about being in college, and advice he has for future students.
MM: Did you have any second thoughts about going to the same school as me?
CM: No. I knew it was a big enough school where if we wanted to see each other we could, but if not we didn’t have to.
We get asked a lot if we see each other all the time, but unfortunately we do not. I have some people that I see at the same time walking to class every single day because our schedules happen to align, and then I have some friends, like my brother, who I have to make specific plans to see. Although it is common to think that you couldn’t possibly run into people who you know all the time at a school as big as Penn State, you’d be surprised at just how many familiar faces you’ll see around campus.
MM: So, you’ve made it through your first semester of college. What was something that most surprised you about your experience?
CM: Hmm. I was surprised how quickly I got into a routine. Like, you think its gonna take a month or two to know what you’re doing, but within the first two weeks I feel like I knew when I had to leave for my classes, when I had to get my assignments in, when I wanted to make time to go to the gym.
MM: What has been your biggest challenge?
CM: I think balancing school work with extracurriculars and what not.
MM: What is your favorite memory?
CM: I think it would probably be when I was initiated into my fraternity. It was a combination of a lot of hard work and dedication, as well as its how I’ve made my best friends. The brotherhood aspect of being a part of a fraternity is something that has really made college more meaningful this semester.
MM: What was your favorite subject?
CM: I really liked psych 100 (introduction to psychology) It was really interesting and I learned a lot. I never felt overwhelmed with the workload in it. I would recommend it to people who are interested in the subject.
MM: What are some of your goals for next semester?
CM: I want to continue trying to balance my schedule more. Obviously school comes first, but I also want to be able to enjoy other aspects as well.
MM: Any advice for prospective students?
CM: As hard as it is, keep being on top of everything. Don’t push things back to the last minute, because although it’s easy to procrastinate it makes things a lot more stressful, and you want to be able to enjoy the process. This goes for both the application process, as well as managing your time in college as well.
MM: How is college different from high school?
CM: You have a lot more freedom and a lot more independence in general. You have to be a lot more on top of your time management. You have a lot more time where you can sleep, for example, but there’s also a lot more work. It all comes back to balance.
MM: How has college changed you?
CM: I think its helped me mature a lot, just because you are basically on your own. I’ve learned to manage my time pretty well and watch out for myself. I’ve also found that I’m making more mature relationships. You have professional relationships with teachers and recruiters, as well as the ability to make genuine friendships that you know are going to last forever.
Everyone can agree, college is going to be an adjustment for anyone. However, here at Penn State, you know there are plenty of others in the same boat!