NewsWorks asked some graduates of local high schools to talk about their experiences in the first year of college. Shawn Green of Olney responds here about his first semester at Penn State Berks.
Shawn graduated from Germantown High School last spring and is a forward on the PSB basketball squad.
What was your biggest surprise about college life during your first semester?
How easy it was to adapt to the different lifestyle.
Did your high school prepare you for the academic work you’re being asked to do?
Not really, I basically had to catch up on most of my math.
Is your social life: about what you expected; less than you hoped; or more than you imagined?
It’s about what I expected. I am always the kind of that guy that is known mostly because of my athletic ability, but known nonetheless. That is not what I expected exactly but it was not a surprise.
What was the best experience of your first semester?
The social parties.
What was the worst?
I was wrongly accused of stealing a pedal bike.
How often a week do you contact your parents? What’s your favorite way to stay in touch with them (phone calls, texting, Facebook, Skype etc)?
I talk to my dad about 1 to 3 times a week an my grandma like everyday via Facebook.
Do you stay in touch with your high school friends as much as you would like? How do you manage it, or what caused you to drift apart?
I talk to some of my friends, basically the ones that are doing what I am trying to do – succeed. Except being apart did cause a drift.
What song or movie title best sums up the start of your college career?
Congratulations by Drake.
NewsWorks thanks Michelle Grace for compiling the responses in this series.