The Alfred "Experience"

I can’t believe this is my last year of college! It’s been one heck of a ride; some things I will never forget. I figured I would give everyone an idea of what it’s like to go thru 4 years of college. Hopefully it will help whoever is reading this too really “get right in there” and make their experience the best they possibly can; I know I am pretty close to it. I guess the best place to start is from the beginning, enjoy.

 It all started my first year here living in Mackenzie South. I had no clue what Alfred was going to be like, it’s the same feeling you get the first day of any school. You’re nervous as heck. You want to be cool but in a new environment no one knows really what to do. I remember going to the dining hall for the first time, this was way before the cool new remodeling, trying to find someone you know and not wanting to have to sit by yourself. Thank god someone from my orientation group was there. I never thought making new friends would be as easy as it was. Sitting down introducing your self is probable the hardest part, from there it was simple. We started talking about our high schools; this was always a conversation starter for me since I graduated with about 23 students compared to most of my friends who had at least 100 kids in their class. The excitement just exploded from there. I finally met my roommate and got to know the kids in my suite and across the hall; these guys made my first year unforgettable, many of them I still talk to.

I would have to say some of my best memories of freshman year came from the volleyball court between Mackenzie and the Engineering building. I particularly remember one night: the power went out at like midnight and about 10 or 12 of us were board so we decided to pull are cars up to the volleyball court and play a few sets. Well, I guess it was a popular thing because we ended up finally leaving at around 2 because we got yelled at by some RA’s and kids that thought we were making too much noise at 2 in the morning; who would have thought! A lot of times we would be out there for 4, 5, even 6 hours at a time just playing set after set. Sometimes it would be only 4 or 5 of us, other times there would be as many as 5 to 6 teams of 6 waiting to play with a crowd cheering whoever was currently playing on. It was so much fun! You wouldn’t believe the number of friends I met. It was great! I’d say in my first 3 weeks of being at Alfred my Facebook friend list gained some 200 people hahaha.  

Then of course I had to think about academics… Coming from such a small school I had no clue what college was going to be like. Lucky for me the class sizes at Alfred made it really easy to adjust to. I won’t say it wasn’t a change; just it’s nice to be able to talk to a professor 1 on 1, not having 100 other kids waiting behind you. I had it in my head that I wanted to be an engineer, not conducting trains, engineering science. Well when you have a brother and sister-in-law who are both engineers it sounds like a great choice. Well that’s not the case for me I loved the engineering, but not the math and science. Of course I didn’t deduce this until my sophomore year but that will come later. I started with some of the basics, Freshman Composition and Western Civilization, a little Psychology, and some even harder ones like Chemical Principles I and Calculus I. It was one heck of a course schedule. Each class had a different professor I had to accustom myself to. I don’t think I could ever forget Dr. Constantine, what a first class; I couldn’t help but smile when I saw her. Hair everywhere, she always seemed disheveled and out of breath but I have to admit, it was organized chaos. It even took away from the surprise of having to start the class by writing an essay.

To be continued…

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