Standing at UMN

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One of the hardest things and also one of the best things about moving away to university was the prospect of living alone. First of all, I couldn’t wait to taste freedom for the first time. But then again, I would be living alone. The very idea of it was scary to a person who lived with family and never had any cause to stay alone. I mean, what about the monsters under the bed? 

Alas, everyone needs to grow up and when I enrolled at Minnesota University, I was prepared to move across the country to go to one of the best schools in America. I was really concerned with security issues so the first thing I did when I moved into my new home was to install a Scout home security camera. I know that it was a little unconventional, but I made sure to check with the landlord to make sure that he was okay with it. He even assured me that the neighbourhood is very safe and has never had a break in for as long as he could remember, but if it would put me at ease, then by all means. 

Going to university was a life-changing experience. Not only was I doing everything by myself for the first time, I was also learning to do new things like cooking and cleaning. I had no idea that cleaning a toilet was so disgusting and how much effort goes into making sure that your living area stayed clean. However, I was very thankful for the support I received at school. Not only were the people very friendly, I met a few friends who were student counsellors and they gave me a lot of advice and made sure that I was settling in comfortably. 

Moving across the country was a little intimidating for me and nothing could have prepared me for the culture shock. I wasn’t expecting such a big difference but there it was. The people here were a lot more friendlier and open than they are back home in New York. Everyone was very welcoming and I even met some of their family, especially for the big holidays like Thanksgiving and I wanted to experience true Minnesotan hospitality. There really were tater tots at every luncheon and the potlucks were to die for

Perhaps the most unforgettable experience of my time at Minnesota University is how much I loved exploring the campus. I never felt alone or scared when I was on campus, even at night. I especially loved spending time in the library. The professors are also genuine, sincere people - at least, the ones I met. 

I think my time at the university taught me to be a mellower and friendlier person. So, on top of getting my degree, I also got an education in manners, relationships and how to be a better person. The Minnesotan warmth will follow me forever and I will recommend this school to everyone who wants to learn how it feels like to belong. 

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