Being away from home for the first time can be a little scary, so here’s some tips on making Gardner-Webb feel a little like home!
1. Pick a good mattress pad!
If you’re like me and value your sleep more than anything, then pick a mattress pad that’s going to feel the most comfortable. Dorm beds aren’t the best so when you have good bedding, your mattress will feel just as good as your bed from home, if not better!
Your room is where you will be living for a year, so you don’t want it to be a place you hate spending your time. Decorate your room to best fit your personality. Put up lights, posters, tapestries, pictures, anything! Make it a sanctuary place for you to be able to relax and enjoy with your roommate and other friends.
3. Get involved on campus!
I know that is a cliché line that everyone tells you when you get to college, but it’s the truth. Try joining an intramural team, apply for a work-study, or join one of the many ministry groups on campus! There are so many opportunities here at Gardner-Webb, and it’s a way to keep yourself busy and invested throughout the year.
4. Meet new people!
No one can go through life alone so why not have a couple good friends to help you get through it. Freshman year is one of the hardest to get through due to the major change in scenery. So go to those awkward dorm gatherings! Embrace the madness of Freshman orientation week and introduce yourself to new people. College is a place where people from many different places and backgrounds come together, so go out and meet new people and you’ll be surprised with who you meet and who may just become your lifelong friend.
5. Get to know the local area!
The metropolis of Boiling Springs is only so big, so get to know what’s around the area. Shelby and Gaffney are both only a short drive away and both have plenty of places to go, especially when you’re looking for a good place to eat! Charlotte and Greenville are some of the major cities a little further out and offer even more opportunities to go out and have a good time. So go explore with friends, but always remember to be safe!
Freshman year is definitely terrifying and you will get homesick from time to time, but hopefully with these tips, home won’t feel so far away!
Jasmine Patin. Sophomore. Public Relations major. Spanish minor. Women's Volleyball.