Everyone comes to college with different expectations in mind. When those expectations are failed to be met, disappointment is bound to ensue. The ideal situation is to have their college experience exceed their expectations, which is exactly what happened for junior transfer student, Caitlin Gaines. Arriving on campus for the fall semester, Gaines was fresh out of Forest Park Community College in her native St. Louis.
“I expected there to be much smaller classes and to be able to get actual one-on-one time with my teachers, which I do. It’s a nice change,” Gaines said.
The only conflict that she’s faced so far has been the change of lifestyle to communal living. Never having to share a space with someone, Gaines felt slightly out of her element when it came to having a suite-mate.
Being from a college with so many students, Stephens’ small community took some getting used to.
“I never really got to get to know anybody at my old school because there were so many people,” Gaines said.
Being an English major, Gaines has a variety of classes she’s taking. Her favorite class this semester is script-writing, which she said came as a surprise to her. Her least favorite class, however, is Shakespeare.
“It’s not that it’s a horrible class, it’s just that there’s a lot of overlap with English Literary Traditions,” she explained.
Gaines hopes that having Stephens attached to her name will aide her in her future academic achievements. She plans on staying at Stephens and getting her BFA in English and then hopefully going to the University of Louisiana of Lafayette to get her MFA in English Folk War.