Coming to school here in PSU from Puerto Rico has been an amazing experience. It was interesting to me that although we are a U.S. territory, so many things are different here.
I’d say one of the biggest adjustments was obviously going from speaking Spanish all the time to English. Although our high schools at home prepared us well when teaching us the English language, it was still strange to use it all the time.
Another big difference is that in Puerto Rico you could say we live in “island time,” while here like in most of the U.S. people are always very serious about being on time. “Island time” basically means that we are all always late, and it is normal for us. I have found this is actually good for me, because now I’m always on time as well.
I was a little nervous when making the move from our little island to this big university, but let me tell you it could not have gone better! There are so many clubs and activities here that make it easy to be involved and make a group of friends. Summer session especially helped in that aspect because once the school year had already started I already felt like I was a true Nittany Lion.
Freshman year my best friend from home, Andrea, was my roommate. We both found that joining an organization together, like our service organization ESA, has made us even better friends and made the experience here unforgettable.
So for anyone who feels like coming to Penn State is a huge change and might be kind of a cultural-shock, I’m here to tell you that it is one you will never regret!