Hey y’all! This is just me updating you on my whole semester of college here at Adelphi University. If I could some up college in one word it would be… experience. There were ups and downs from meeting new people to being homesick to playing basketball with a great team to stress of how much work college actually is. I came to New York so excited like Jessie from the Disney Channel show called Jessie. If you don’t know that show; Jessie is a girl from a Texas town who moves to the Big Apple to fulfill her dream of becoming an actress. Basically, I am Jessie and Jessie is me. I am a girl from Texas who moved to Garden City, NY (only a 45 min train ride to NYC) on Long Island to fulfill my dream of playing college basketball. In the show, Jessie’s life is pretty glamourous, and I would have to say my time here has been about the same as her’s. So here’s a recap of my first semester.
Move-in Day was way back in August. I was so excited I was about to have a year long sleepover with two great people, Gianna and Fallyn. Honestly, move-in day was so hectic because what’s more insane than macaroni with no cheese- just three girls trying to live in a room made for only two people. Think about it three college freshmen girls, six parents, a sibling, and a sibling’s girlfriend all trying to fit in a dorm that’s made for two people. Plus, the amount of stuff the three of us out-of-state girls brought with us. I was the first to arrive. I came the night before actual move-in day, and was lucky to have been able to move in that night. When I got to Eddy Hall room 218 I saw three beds, three desks, three bureaus, yet only two closets. YES, only two closets for three college girls!!! So, being the first one there, my parents and I went out and got a make-shift closet (that didn’t last me too long). Gi and Fal came the next day to move in which was already crazy enough, so I can’t even imagine if I didn’t try to move in the night before. Our room was so cute once we had everything moved in. To be nice, people would tell us our room was so cozy, which really was there way of not trying to complain how tiny our room was. After move- in day we had Matriculation the next day. Matriculation was basically a ceremony which formally verified your acceptance in to Adelphi. This day was also the day I had to say goodbye to parents. That was one of the hardest moments of my life because it was a huge step of me becoming independent and growing up. Also, when people say growing up sucks it truly does because you don’t have your mom or dad right by your side when you need something, for them to remind you to take your medicine, to be brutally honest with you about how you look before you go out, to eat healthy, ya-da ya-da ya-da, and so many other thing parents do for you. It was really tough for me honestly this first semester being far from my parents,my brother, and Jersey. They’re my best friends. I have shed a lot of tears this semester from missing them. It sucks going from my parents being at every one of my basketball games to being at so few. But I made it through, and it got better. Alright going on with other stuff in the semester.
Along with Gi and Fal came two other crazies that were also freshmen basketball players, Alexis (Dj Lexi Lex) and Mali (Mal). We our five girls from five different places: Connecticut, New York, Ohio, Mass, and Texas. I never knew how close I could get with someone until I met these four gems. I literally spend every waking minute with these 4 every day, no lie.
I may get annoyed with them, but when you’re around the same people every minute of every day anyone would get annoyed with anyone. Honestly though, they have been some of the best friends. We have made some amazing memories together for the little time we’ve known each other. Our Panera dates. Driving around looking at lights. Adventures in to the city. Spice Girls. Caroline. Jamming in the car. And so many more. I love spending time with these girls. They have seen every side of me, my flaws and all. They know how to make me laugh, what do when I’m sad, and they probably know my whole life story. It feels as if they have been by myside since I was born. Sadly, Gi had to go back to Mass for school to be closer to family, but we know she’ll come back and visit soon. (MISS YOU BUNCHES G-MONEY) . Mal, thanks for being you and for always being the first one to laugh at my cheesy jokes. Thank you for always being able to go crazy with me and have fun. Gi, thanks for being a great roomie the first semester and teaching me how to have fun. Miss you so much. Lex, thanks for always dancing with me and making me laugh. Thank you for teaching me the true definition of YOLO. Fal. thank you for loving me through everything this semester and putting up with my craziness. Also, thank you for being basically my mom here. I have no idea what I would do with out y’all by myside for this first semester you make life fun. Also, I’m so happy I have y’all to raid through y’alls closets when I can’t find anything to wear. SO MUCH LOVE FOR Y’ALL!!!!!
Along with the four of them, I am blessed to be a part of such a great team filled with outstanding players and even better people. They each welcomed me with open arms.These girls have became my family here. I see them literally every single day from what it feels like from dusk to dawn. The seniors on the team(Si, Cal, Si Clark) have been tremendous leaders and contributors to the team. They set the standards what an AUWBB player looks like. They know what it takes to win an NE-10 championship and have put us on the road to potentially have the chance to get there. Thank you seniors for being such great leaders on and off the court. The juniors (Jules, Nat, and Sim) are just as great as the seniors. Nat is one of the most down to earth people I have ever met, and also keeps me company when riding from the La Guardia back to school with some car service. Sim loves Kodak almost as much as me and is just as obsessed with sneakers as me. Jules is hilarious and is always there when I’m about to freak out. Thank you juniors for being so fun and loving. Then, we have one lone sophomore, Ni. Ni is crazy funny and always willing to juju with me in the locker room. I’d have to say the team I am blessed to be on is pretty amazing. We are 13-2, and only half way through the season. So, we aren’t even finished yet. Keep watch for us! Team, thank you for constantly encouraging me and being there for me my first semester of college. Now, let’s go get it!!!!!
Also, I can’t forget my bffs back home in Texas. I miss y’all like crazy. Yet it doesn’t even seem anything has changed. Y’all are the first people I call to talk about good or bad news. I just wish y’all were here to experience college with me because I know y’all would have so much here in NY. Luckily, I was able to come home and visit them for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Thanksgiving was so much fun. I was only there for two days, but they were two great days back home. We had a Friendsgiving at Lori’s house and everyone(Talohr:( ) was there. It was so nice just be around all the people I love. It was great getting to catch-up with each of them. It almost felt as if we never left each other. I can’t wait till I see you all again, but feel free to come visit please!!!! Thank you guys for always answering my calls, facetimes, and texts even when you’re busy. Thank y’all for still giving me great advice and encouragement even when it feels as if we are galaxies away .LOVE Y’ALL BUNCHES AND BUNCHES AND BUCHES AND BUNCHES!!
Overall, my first semester of college was pretty good. I finished with good grades, great friends, and just as great memories. I wouldn’t have been able to get through this semester without my friends and family. I have already learned so many new things in my first semester of college, and am thankful for all the lessons I have been taught in school and life. Oh, I forgot to mention the school part of college was good, too. I had good grades, worked hard, was only late once, and had good relationships with my professors. So, yeah the school part was good. Just to give you more insight to my first semester below is just a bunch of pictures.