A Change of Plans: I Want to be Closer to Home

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been communicating with Virginia State University because I’m planning to transfer there in the spring semester.

I made this choice because I would like to be closer to home, especially because I commute. Virginia State is also a good school, and it’s about 25 minutes from my home. Right now it takes me about 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to school every day from where I live. The drive isn’t so bad in the morning, but in the afternoon there is so much traffic.

I’ve decided that Longwood University isn’t the place that makes me happy, and it’s not what I expected. In the beginning, I was so happy to become a part of the Lancer family, but as weeks went by I realized what really makes me happy and that there are other things I wish to do.

I’m excited about being closer to home, and I can’t wait to discover what opportunities I may come across in the future.

Why I Chose Commuting

I recently started commuting to school.

It’s been almost a month since I made the transition. What made me chose this decision is that living with a group of girls is fun and all, but I like to have my own space. I also like to be alone sometimes and have personal time to myself. Living on campus wasn’t for me, and it’s not what I expected. I’m used to being alone, so that’s what I realized I preferred.

It was a small process to go through to be able to commute. I had to give my reasons for why I wanted to commute to the residential housing office. I was waiting for about three days to find out what their decision was. They finally reached out to me while I was in class, and I was so excited and happy to be commuting.

Once I got the decision, I made my way to my dorm and started packing my things. I called my mom and told her what was happening, and that’s when she came to pick me up. It was a long day that day, but it was all worth it because I was finally happy and not homesick anymore.

Embracing the Chaos

This week has been so hectic and chaotic.

August 14 is the day I moved into college, which is so crazy to say out loud. I’ve been so excited to finally become a college student. I moved in two days before everyone else because I’m a part of the work study program in financial aid, which is a program that gives you the opportunity to earn money like a real job.

The first week was sooo crazy because it was the start of New Lancer Days, which is for the incoming freshmen like myself. We were paired up with our peer mentors to guide us throughout the week since we were new. The days were so long and draining. Sometimes it started at 9 a.m. and ended sometimes at midnight. Either way it was a fun and great experience.

I’ve met some friends who were in my mentor group, and some of them even have the same major as I do, which is biology. New Lancer Days started on Thursday and went all the way to Sunday, it was pretty long week. Once New Lancer Days had come to an end, I was so excited because I was so tired from being outside all day.

A Serendipitous Meeting at the Helpdesk

La’Mya (left) with her suitemates, Hannah (center) and Morgan

Hello Incoming Freshmen!

My name is La’Mya but you can call me Mya for short. (:

Today was Orientation Day at Longwood University, and I couldn’t have been more excited to be a part of the Lancer community. I know you’re thinking that you won’t make any friends—but trust me, that’s completely untrue. There’s nothing to be afraid of. Everyone is so nice and welcoming, there’s literally a smiling face on every corner.

Longwood gives you so many opportunities to meet new people. For example, they create a Facebook group for incoming freshmen to introduce themselves and also be able to find your potential roommate like I did. My roommate’s name is Hannah, and she’s honestly so cool and chill to be around. Even though I’ve only met her a few times I can tell we will be friends for a long time!

Once I arrived at orientation and got checked in, it was finally time to get my Lancer ID. I was so stoked because it’s like a golden KEY—you can’t get in anywhere without it. It makes it so official you know what I mean?

Sadly I had to get my ID card fixed because of a simple oopsie ): which made me have to get out of line and go to the Helpdesk. I was so upset because it was such a long line. I thought I was going to be like everyone else and have their ID in their hands—but not quite yet. Thankfully I went to the Helpdesk to fix my ID because I ended up finding another roommate by the name of Morgan. She had the same last name as I do, which was really cool.

As time passed by, we ended up bumping into each other after an event. Hannah and I were leaving to go to the next event, and Morgan asked if she could tag along. Of course, I said yes because I’m up for making new friends since we’re both kinda new here.

We began to chat to get to know each other a little bit more. I obviously saw a new friendship in the making with the three of us. It was such good vibes. I asked Morgan if she had a roommate, and she said no. I offered that she should be our suitemate, and she was totally up for it—which made me even more excited. We were getting along with each other so well you would think we already knew each other. We immediately exchanged numbers to keep in contact with each other.

It was all thanks to my having to go to the Helpdesk to fix my ID. Otherwise, we would’ve never crossed paths.

I’m super excited to rooming with Hannah and Morgan, and I hope our in-progress friendship will last as we go different paths in the future.