I’m a freshman attending Baruch College. I turned eighteen in the summer and it really doesn’t feel any different from being seventeen. I live in Queens so it takes around an hour and a half to come to school. I am shy but like a lot of people, once you get to know me, I’m outgoing and always looking to have a good time. I went to Francis Lewis High School and was enrolled in a program called JROTC. It taught me a lot of things, and I traveled a lot through the competitions. My top three concerns about my freshman year at Baruch is getting to know the whole campus. Baruch has a lot of clubs and such that it’s really hard to keep track of them all. And I do want to experience the full college experience. I also want to maintain a high grade to keep my Dean’s Scholarship. Since I’m considered an International Student, despite all the years I’ve lived in America my tuition is almost triple of the regular students. So maintaining a high grade will definitely save a lot of money and of course in my future success. My final concern is getting to know my peers. Since it is a new environment, it will take some time to adjust to this surrounding, I just hope it won’t take too long. Baruch is definitely different from my high school. High school, we were a bit limited in doing what we wanted. From classes to our freedom, Baruch provides with most of them. Joining different clubs and making new friends will be a new experience since after four years of high school, we all got to know everyone in the building. College provides more versatility. I think my first year at college will broaden my perspective. It will make me look more into the future since it is part of the last step until the “real world.” And being in the city for most of the week will let me get to know my city better, inside and out.