Meilin Chong is a first year student majoring in Early Childhood Education and Psychology. In this post, she reflects on her first month at Wheelock College.
My first day at Wheelock was August 18, 2013, which was the start of the Bridge Program. The Bridge Program gives students a foundation for college success here at Wheelock. The program is an intensive two-week summer session with academic success courses and meetings during the fall semester. The program also helps first-year students adjust to college before school officially begins.
Bridge helped me grow as a person and a student. I learned about time management, the campus, and gained critical reading and grammar skills. I made many new friends and connected with some of the professors.
The meals have been delicious. There have been times where I would go back to various stations in the dining hall to get more food. I have to say that my favorite meal is chicken with mashed squash, corn, french fries, along with a mini side of salad.
A day after Bridge ended, orientation began. Another good thing about coming two weeks earlier was that I already moved into my room for the whole year. The three-day orientation was filled with so many fun and educational activities. There was a hypnotist who came and performed a show. We also had a mini carnival event on the campus green and the class of 2017 played The Price is Right. Many students received a lot of goodies. We also watched a movie and had a scavenger hunt around Boston. Another very exciting event was that our class went on a cruise, in which we ate delicious food and danced all night. Some educational activities we participated in included learning about plagiarism and how to live a peaceful life with our roommates. We also discussed our summer reading book, When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka in small groups with professors.
When college officially began, I felt confident about where I was going on campus and I was not as nervous to attend my classes. I felt ready. I am enjoying my time here. I have even gotten really involved in activities around the campus. I am a member of two clubs, La Herencia Latina and the Asian American Cultural Association. In addition, I am a corps member for the AmeriCorps’ Jumpstart program and an Admissions Ambassador.
I love Wheelock even more because it is an inclusive community and there are many places on campus where I can relax or do homework, especially out on the campus green. I cannot wait for more opportunities and experiences to come! ~Meilin