Graduates of local high schools talk about their experiences in the first year of college. Here A’sha Bell of West Oak Lane explains the ups and downs of life at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
A’sha graduated last spring from Philadelphia High School for Girls.
What was your biggest surprise about college life during your first semester?
My biggest surprise was actually living on my own.
Did your high school prepare you for the academic work you’re being asked to do?
My high school prepared me well for college.
Is your social life: about what you expected; less than you hoped; or more than you imagined?
My social life is what I expected being that I don’t live in the city so most time we have to create our own fun.
What was the best experience of your first semester?
Meeting lots of new people.
What was the worst?
My worst experience was failing psychology.
How often a week do you contact your parents? What’s your favorite way to stay in touch with them?
I talk to my parents once everyday on the phone. I text and Facebook my mom everyday as well.
Do you stay in touch with your high school friends as much as you would like?
I still stay in touch with my high school friends. We don’t talk as much as we use to because of our different schedules but we always seem to catch up occasionally.
How do you manage it, or what caused you to drift apart?
We manage it by communication on our Web cams or by having a big get together when everyone gets home for breaks.
What song or movie title best sums up the start of your college career?
I Love College by Asher Roth
NewsWorks thanks Michelle Grace for compiling the responses in this series. See the rest of Back From College here.