Starting college is a life-altering experience, and students don’t always know exactly what to expect. Whether coming in as freshmen or transfering, students move away from the familiar and into a completely different lifestyle. When asked about their expectations for undergoing this transition at Stephens, students shared expectations and how they stack up to reality, many that are the same and some that fell through completely.
Morgan Campanelli, a fashion enthusiast, chose Stephens for her major, Fashion Marketing and Management. Playing volleyball for a scholarship is just a bonus for her.
Campanelli played volleyball in high school. As an incoming freshman, Campanelli had no idea what being part of the Stephens team would entail. As a graduate of a high school that was highly competitive in sports, Campanelli felt prepared for the transition to college athletics.
“I could have easily gone to a District 2 college to play volleyball,” Campanelli says, “but I didn’t want to sacrifice my education.”
Campanelli’s challenging coursework fulfills her expectations, however the fact that cable is not available in the dorms shocked her. She explained how disconnected she feels from the rest of the world.
“I didn’t even know there was a hurricane in Florida a couple weeks ago.” Campanelli later confessed she doesn’t have much time to watch television anyway.
Carnycia Holliman was ready to get out of high school and away from all the stereotypical drama. She expected to meet other mature women when she started college, but to her disappointment that was not the case. Holliman says, “We’ve only been at Stephens a month, and there is already so much drama.”
Holliman also believed her high school teachers when they told her college coursework was challenging, but she was extremely relieved when she discovered how laid back it is. She is currently enrolled in fifteen hours this semester.
“I love the one on one attention I get from the professors here. That’s something I never expected, but am really grateful for,” Holliman said. Stephens was a perfect fit for Holliman, and she’s excited how quickly the semester is already flying by.
Chelsea Cross and Emily Wagner-Davis expected meeting people their age would be the least of their problems when they transferred to Stephens this semester. They both agreed that starting over at a small college makes it hard to meet people.
“Everyone else already knows everyone, and it’s hard to find a place to fit in,” Cross explains. But these two roommates couldn’t be better suited for each other.
Cross, an education major, was looking forward to writing lesson plans, but she didn’t expect them to be so time consuming. Wagner-Davis is studying Fashion Marketing and Management. She was surprised to find out that her coursework is much more reading intensive than expected.
As new students settle into life at Stephens and realize that not all of their expectations will be met. Still, they have already learned college — and life — is a game of give and take, and they agree that the quality of education at Stephens outweighs everything else.