Whetstone/Cochise Lucas Chloe Dawson

By Chloe Dawson (Whetstone Staff Writer)

In the very first issue of the Whetstone, I wrote an article about how I was going to accomplish the drastic change from high school to college and how confusing College Center was.

A couple of months later, the transition from 12th grade to my freshman year didn’t seem that bad and wasn’t hard at all.

Oh, and the College Center isn’t confusing at all.

It took me a little while to learn to balance my social things I wanted to do and my schoolwork. I mean, the whole point of why I’m here is to get an education so, of course, my work comes before anything fun; at first, sometimes that wasn’t always the case.

In my first year of college, especially at a small school, I learned many things. As long as you do your work ahead of time and read your syllabus, there is no reason why you don’t have enough time in the world hang out with friends. Getting in touch with your teachers wasn’t hard either. Meeting new people wasn’t difficult.

But what I never got used to was the fact that everyone talks crap and everyone knows your business in a school like the size of Wesley.

Within three months, I went through two roommates and two different rooms. One thing I did learn was always keep a lock on your belongings, like your cell phone. If you have a problem with your roomie, don’t hesitate to talk about it; speak up. Nothing is more awkward than sitting in a Williams boxed room with tension. It’s like a pink elephant in the room.

I never expected to meet some of the people I did or do half the things I did over the year. Throughout the year, I surprised myself with all of my accomplishments.  Coming on the Whetstone, I never thought I would become an editor by the end of the first semester nor have a front page article and picture. In high school, I would have laughed at the idea of my earning a 3.1 GPA, but it didn’t seem so hard. I recently received The John Pelzer award on Founder’s Day.

In simple terms, what I’m trying to say is that as long as you do your work, you can have all the time in the world to do anything you want. If you work hard, you can reward yourself by playing hard. When you get a good roommate, appreciate it; because once you get a bad one, it’s the worst.

Keep your business with you and yourself because things spread like wildfire. Never wait last minute to start a paper. And don’t use up all your points in the beginning of each semester, because by December around nine at night, you are going to be starving.