Olivia Cattabriga / Art Director

On August 21, 2019, I finally moved into my residence hall at Keene State College, which meant that I had officially begun my first semester as a college student. On August 26, I went to my first class.

On December 6 at 6 p.m., I went to my final class of my first semester. When the class ended, it was a bittersweet feeling. This was because, on one hand, I finished my last class of my first semester, but on the other hand, it meant that finals were next on the list of things to do.

My first semester of college was a strange but a highly enjoyable experience. It was strange because I have more free time than I know what to do with compared to high school, but I am also glad I have all this free time. I am glad that I have all this free time because the projects in college are a lot more time consuming than in high school.

I was always extremely anxious when it came to taking finals in high school. I am once again reliving those feelings of nervousness and anxiety but this time I actually have the time to put forth my best effort on my final projects and I also have the time to study through what will be on my final test. This is unlike high school for many reasons such as the fact that I am not trapped in the same building for six hours and 50 minutes for five days a week with a ton of people who I would really rather not be around due to the fact that the majority of them have no morals.

It also didn’t help that a fair number of the teachers in my high school were soulless people who would sell out a student who was walking back to their class without a pass to the bad principal for one cornchip (shoutout to anyone who gets the reference). Also, during my freshman year of high school, one of my school’s deans of students was arrested for possessing fentanyl in her desk on school grounds. So I am very glad that none of my professors were arrested for owning any narcotics.

If I am being honest with myself, this first semester has been an extremely fun ride but I don’t think I would have been able to do it without my fellow writers at the Equinox, my family and friends back home, my friends and professors I have here at Keene State College; but most of all, I couldn’t have done any of it without all the unending support from my best friend Kelsey Larson. Thank you for being by my side when I need it the most. Thank you for all the countless nights of giving me the motivation I needed to keep pushing forward. Thank you for being the biggest and greatest influence in my life. I do not think I could have ever accomplished anything during this first semester of college without my partner in crime.

DISCLAIMER: This article is the sole opinion of Andrew Chase

Andrew Chase can be contacted at achase@kscequinox.com.