My Note to Frosh

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Hello Froshies! Class of 2018. Best group of people in the world.

Unfortunately, I can’t stop thinking about how the school year is nearing the end. I remember the first day I came here. I drove up to Med Syd Hall and a swarm of sophs unloaded my car and brought me to my room. I unloaded my bags, met a couple people on the floor above, and quickly the O-Week events rolled along. Residences and faculties practiced the famous cheers, and we all showed our spirit for our new home, Western University.

I was so worried about feeling comfortable at Western. I hadn’t lived anywhere else besides my own house for more than a month and a half. I’m not the most “social” person. I didn’t know how I’d be able to manage with hardly any familiar faces around me.

I remember at the rally presentation, we all admired the cheerleaders’ amazing tricks, and the pride all the students and faculty members had for our new school. Then they played the song “Home” by Phillip Phillips. The words were on the screen and we all sang along. Now, looking back, I really think that was the beginning – when we all realized that yes, this IS our home. Literally for this year (if you live on campus like me), and figuratively, for the rest of our lives.

Listen to the song here!

Hold on to me as we go

As we roll down this unfamiliar road

And although this wave is stringing us along

Just know you’re not alone

‘Cause I’m gonna make this place your home

Settle down, it’ll all be clear

Don’t pay no mind to the demons

They fill you with fear

The trouble—it might drag you down

If you get lost, you can always be found

Just know you’re not alone

‘Cause I’m gonna make this place your home

I added the song on my iPod immediately, and messaged all my friends from high school about how much I was enjoying the atmosphere at Western.

Now, any time that I’m a bit stressed out with school work or miss my family, this song and those memories help to get me through. I realize that Western and all my friends in residence really care about me. I’m sure you can all relate in some way. No one is alone.

Now with the year closing off (only a couple more months!), I can truly say that I’ve made lifetime friends here. I don’t think I would look at the world the same way if I hadn’t come to university. I’ve met so many people, got more involved in my school community, discovered new interests, and became more of an “independent adult”, as I like to describe it.

I couldn’t be more delighted that I chose to come to Western, and I can’t wait to experience the rest of these 4 years with all of you.

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