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College, the Land of Exploration

July 27, 2015
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    by Adonis Cruz

Ah, it’s finally the time of the summer when the population on campus starts to pick up, as there are a series of arts camps and intensives, summer classes, and freshman orientations taking place. While I was out giving campus tours recently, I walked past multiple orientation small groups and it struck a nostalgic chord. It brings me back to two summers ago when I experienced my own freshman orientation. Who would have thought that a few years later I would be living on campus throughout the summer and working as a Summer Admissions Ambassador?

I find it so wonderfully fascinating that, as I see the very eager and excited incoming freshman class, their stories at Purchase College have yet to unfold. They are now touring the campus and getting familiar with a foreign place they will soon call home for eight months out of the year and the best part is that they have no idea what awaits them. Coming to college for the first time can be stressful for numerous reasons– one of the biggest being leaving your parent(s) and actually being alone for the first time in your life– but, ultimately, it often turns out to be one of the best experiences of your life. College is the time when, in addition to receiving higher education, you grow, mature and really get to know yourself as a person. You find new interests you can pursue as a hobby, think of as a career, or even incorporate into the career path you have already chosen.

I came to college strictly as an actor and decided to take ballet my first year here to fulfill my Physical Education requirement. I completely fell in love with this beautiful form of art and, as a result, have been dancing ballet here at Purchase every semester since. I also dance in New York City at Peridance Capezio Center during vacations. Not only is it essential for an actor to be in tune with their body, but having dance training makes you way more marketable in the long run. I had no idea that I would find something new during college that I would be so passionate about and be able to now have with me for the rest of my life. I really love to share this story with people because you never really know what lies within you until you go out and experience new things.

This is one of the biggest moments of your lives, Class of 2019, so be sure to “seize the day” (Newsies, anyone?) every day for the duration of your time here and you are bound to come out on the other side with new interests, hobbies, and friends.