Freshman Foodventures

My freshman year at UF marked the first time I’d ever spent any kind of time in Gainesville, Florida. When I moved there for college at the ripe old age of 18 I didn’t know what to expect from the town, the people, or infinitely more importantly, the food. Freshman year is usually dining hall…

5 Ways to Have a Great Start To Your Freshman Year

First day of school can be nerve-wrecking for most students out there. It can also be bearable if you follow these few steps to kick-start your freshman year in college! Familiarize yourself with the school building and grounds. Sure, you went on a quick tour on your college tour or orientation day, but how much…

Scrambling Towards the Future

As a college senior, the inevitability of adulthood has hit me like a meteor. Every day serves as a reminder that my collegiate career is rapidly drawing to a close and I need to figure out where I am going to be come this time next year. Needless to say this is stressful. Deciding what…

Summer’s Over, It’s Back To Business

21 August 2015 “I’ll be back soon mummy and daddy!” smiling cheekily I reassured my parents as I walked into the International Departure gate, leaving behind the uneasy goodbyes. Fourteen hours on the plane can be a torture but I was too exhilarated as a new journey awaited me. I took a Super Shuttle from the…

Setting Foot in The United States

18July 2015 I don’t think people actually understand how hard college applications be, especially for international students like myself. Little did I know I was just excited thinking about making new friends in a new environment, having Chipotle 24/7, and of course, independence. So I did the same thing as all of us do when…

Happy Accidents

As you approach your freshman year of college, you will likely hear a steady refrain about “finding yourself.” This ambiguous concept could mean a myriad of things, but more often than not it’s meant to represent figuring out what you want out of life, what kind of job you want to have, or what kind…

Summer Break – Expectations vs Reality

It’s undeniable that summer break is the best thing that can ever happen in a student’s life. The months of struggling just to get through the semester and exams, summer break is like God’s gift from heaven to us students. But let’s face it, all the extravagant activities and action-packed summer schedule you had planned…

Absence Breaks the Heart, You Must Learn to Mend It

It bothers me that I don’t get to see my family very often. Particularly when school is in session, I find myself buried under piles of work which prevent me from going home to have movie nights with my dad or spend quality time with my nephews. 125 miles is no short distance between loved…

LGBT in Campus

More often than not, when you attend a family gathering as a 20-something, you’re likely to get bombarded with the “Do you have a boyfriend?”question. I was once really frustrated and I replied to a rather nosy relative of mine “I’m a lesbian. I like girls” with a smirk. I’ve never seen anyone transition from being…

Twisted Roads on the Path to Success

“I wouldn’t worry about it, because in my experience everyone generally ends up exactly where they are supposed to be.” I heard these words from an alumni of Brown University during a phone interview in my senior year of high school. After applying to the prestigious university along with two other Ivy League schools, Columbia…

Life in a Foreign Land

Our StudentConnect staff recently had the opportunity to get in touch with a few international students currently pursuing their undergraduate studies in the U.S.A. Find out what do they have to say about their American college experience in this exclusive interview series. First up, it’s an interview with Kishen, a transfer student from Malaysia currently studying Mechanical…