Monday, September 7, 2020
Dear <<First Name>>,
It’s Monday, and you know what that means...a fresh new Letters So Dear from our submissions vault.
Today, our “Letters So Dear” series continues with an anonymous submission:
I arrived at Wake Forest University greeted by the encompassing hot southern air typical of August in the south. I immediately took note of the campus’ utter beauty - the symmetry of the hedges that outlined Wake Forests’ perimeter, the large brick buildings filled with fervor from academic discussions and debate, and the open fields and space that contrasted the large city I left behind. The first day was a blur marked by several trips to Bed Bath and Beyond and introductions to people I had seen on social media. As my parents drove away, I looked nervously up at Collins Hall with hesitation and excitement. I walked up the steps unsure of what awaited me.
The adjustment process to college life takes many forms for different people. Mine was a complex combination of autonomy, freedom, fear, and gratitude. If I could write a simple how-to instructional guide on adjustment to college, it may bring some sort of short-lived relief, but it would inevitably fall short of describing the amazing journey that lies ahead for you. I encourage you to be adventurous and challenge yourself beyond your comfort zone. Get involved in activities and clubs on campus, get to know the other students on your hall, and be actively engaged in class. You are resilient, and Wake Forest will soon provide you safety and support.
For me, the adjustment process took about six months with many high periods and some lows. I came out stronger, more self-assured, and met friends that will remain in my life long after our memories of the college residence halls and classroom layouts fade. Trust the process, put in effort, and have fun. Wake Forest is what you make it to be.