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The Start of a New Chapter

  • Shreya Desai
Posted on May 2, 2017
Student Lifestyle

From the minute my family left after helping me move into Race Hall, I felt several different emotions. I was excited because the first day of my new chapter in life had begun. I was nervous because I was alone. I was guarded because I didn't know how to act or what the right thing to say was in front of all these new people. I was confused because everything just seemed so surreal. Being a freshman in a completely new environment, surrounded by people I have never encountered before was something that I was prepared for coming in. However, what I didn't account for was how to handle all the differences of the environment and emotions I would feel after leaving my comfort zone of a small town in New Jersey.

Coming to a city, I learned that I had some growing up to do.

It's crazy to think that one day you are living your life exactly how you're used to and then the next day you're in a completely new environment, surrounded by not only new people but also different smells and unfamiliar noises. Growing up in a small, secluded town, everyone in the town pretty much knows each other. It's not uncommon to start conversation with a random person at the supermarket or even ask someone you hadn't met before for a lift home. However, coming to a city, I learned that I had some growing up to do. I could no longer be the naïve little girl that followed the same structure for the last eighteen years of my life. Even though Philadelphia is a beautiful city, I still had to take into account the cultural differences from my little town, which I have been so used to, and start getting accustomed to the amazing, vibrant culture in Philadelphia.


Shreya is a Junior at Drexel University. She will be graduating in 2018 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Business Analytics. She is in the 5‐year 3‐co‐op program and will be starting her third co‐op this spring. Outside of school, she enjoys exploring Philadelphia, trying different foods, hiking, and traveling.

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