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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Lasell chapter.

My first year of college has taught me a lot. Facing challenges, gaining and losing friends, and learning how to become more independent are all extremely important things. When I came into my first year I was in a completely different situation than I am now. 

Over this year, I have experienced not only the normal college adjustment things, but I have also faced many family situations that have taught me to cope on my own. I will always be one to call my mom to have a chat and or catch up on things that we’ve missed out on. This, however, has not affected my ability to be more independent. It is how I choose to stay connected with my family while managing my stress of not getting to be around them. My mom is one of the people I go to through every issue, but being on campus has made me learn how to depend on myself. That was something hard to settle with but it doesn’t mean that I don’t still love and rely on my mom, it just means I’m growing into the young adult that I am.

Another thing that I have learned is that it is almost better for you to focus on making yourself happy than trying to make everyone else happy first. Being on campus taught me that I am here for my degree and even though it is a lot nicer to have people around you while you get it, it is also okay to not have that many people around you all of the time too. Going to college is for a degree, not so I can stay wrapped up in everyone else’s drama.

Lastly, what I learned is that it is so much better to be outside taking in the sun or taking a walk than it is to be cooped up in a dorm building. Not only are you more likely to meet people while being outside, but it’s also the best way to get fresh air and be productive. Also, it keeps me from staying in bed all day. 

As difficult as the classes are and as hard as it can be being away from home, over the last year, I have learned to love and appreciate being on campus. It is truly a gift to feel this way and has made me feel that coming to Lasell was the right decision for me.

Carley Ellis

Lasell '26

Carley is a member and events director of HerCampus, she is a forensic science major in her sophomore year at Lasell University. She is also a member of other clubs on campus such as the Forensic Science Association. In her spare time she likes to read, play video games, and pick up new hobbies such as doing her own nails.