It was a hot mid August afternoon when I stepped out of my parents SUV and onto the pavement in front of the Howe Center. My parents were ushered away down the drive to start unloading the overflowing car into my freshman residence hall and I was left face to face with an excited girl in a Stevens polo. I remember thinking to myself was I making the right decision?
My name is Frannie Kohler and I am a 5/5 mechanical engineering student, and probably like most of you, I was pretty nervous for my first day at Stevens. I knew logically that everything would be fine, but that didn’t stop me from worrying about things like who to eat with to what other people would think about me. Looking back on this, I am confident that everyone around me was in the same boat.
One of my favorite sayings is life begins outside your comfort zone. It is easy to be overwhelmed by the massive change that is the transition to college- you are going to a place you’ve probably only been to a few times with people you have never met before. You will be surrounded by new ideas and experiences which will require some adaptations. Through this uncertainty, however, keeping an open mind and a positive attitude can and will set you up for success. The best thing you can do is embrace your first day nerves as part of the college experience and allow yourself to enjoy all that Stevens has to offer. Don’t forget that you are the boss of your butterflies. And if your first day isn’t your greatest, remember that there is always tomorrow.