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College life is a tremendous jump for anyone who decides to take it and not everyone who attends comes in with the same expectations. Coming to Northern Illinois University, I have high hope and expectations. I admit that I want to have a lot of fun socially, but at the same time succeed academically. I believe NIU is a good place for me to grow as a person. I think being to commute will help me translation better without having to feel homesick at any moment, knowing that I have a strong support system waiting for me back home.
Socially, I hope to meet new people. I’m looking forward to learning about other people and their backgrounds – where they come from, what there part of the country or world is like. I think it’s interesting to get to know people who grew up from a totally different culture/background than myself. Because I’m going to be a part of the football team, I see that as another way to meet and bond with other people. And while on a sports team, it’s natural to form a brotherhood – a group of guys looking out for one another. Being from sycamore, I already know a couple of people on campus and that will make me even more comfortable.
As far as academics go, I plan to be challenged a bunch. I know the work is going to be tougher than high school where you could coast through. I think I am up for the challenge and plan on pushing myself to give one hundred percent in the class room. I’m often told people tend to get behind in college by not asking for help when needed, so I plan to use all my resources around.

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