My First Days at University

Making new friends

My name is Charlotte and I’ve been studying at a university in Utah since last August. Go Campus helped me to find this university and apply here. Studying in the US has always been my dream since my high school year. I know that many other future and current students have the same dream. That is why I want to share my experiences so far.


First Days at UniversityOn the first days I was quite excited. Everything was new and unfamiliar. The “Orientation Leaders” were very helpful and I was able to meet many nice people on the first days. That made everything a bit easier. During the Orientation Week my Academic Advisor helped me to put together my timetable. My main subject is Communications. I have selected relatively simple courses for my first semester to get used to. I would also recommend this to all new international students. This semester I had Criminal Justice, Intro to Communications, Acculturation, Physical Geography and Inside Art of Dance. All my professors were very nice and helpful. Professors want to help you get good grades and, as long as you do your “homework” and deliver on time, the academics are relatively easy.

Life in the Residence Halls

Residence HallsLiving in residence halls and having roommates was a whole new experience for me. I live in apartment-style halls on campus. This means we have two double rooms, a single room, a bathroom, a small kitchen and a small living room in the apartment. All my roommates are International Students. Two are from France, one is Italian and one is from China. At first there was a couple of problems as two of the roommates were very messy and noisy at night. However, after we established some ground rules, it became better. From this I have learned that the most important when you live with others is to tell immediately if something bothers you.

Free Time

Especially in the first semester it is important to meet many people to find friends. Clubs, sororities, fraternities and student organizations are perfect for this. I joined the Hip Hop Club on my campus, where I could find some new friends.

Sandrine first became an international student when she was 10 years old and hasn’t stopped since. Over the years, she has studied/worked in France, England, Spain, Switzerland, Germany and the USA. She brings her passion of travel and writing together to inspire students to embark on their journey around the world and discover its many cultures.

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