Surviving College During a Pandemic as a First Year Student


Laney Spradlin

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a first-year student in college during a pandemic? Many college students have had a challenging time getting through a pandemic, but first-year students may have it the hardest. College is a chance for them to have a new beginning, to try and experience that new beginning through a pandemic can be a daunting task.  

To learn more about what it is like to be a first-year student in a pandemic, Sabre Voice writer Laney Spradlin interviewed Kerena Wood. Originally from Green Bay, WI, Kerena started her college career this August at Marian University. She is a first-year nursing major. Not only is she a student, but also, a student athlete. She is an outfielder on the Marian Women’s Softball Team.  

When asked about how her first year of college is going, she replied, “My first year is going pretty well. I have surrounded myself with good friends and I have taken the time to get to know my professors.” 

Sometimes, the adjustment from high school to college can be a tough transition. But, Kerena said, “I am adjusting pretty well from high school. During high school I took some challenging classes to try and prepare for college. So, I am glad I took those because it is pretty similar to criteria I am learning.”  

Everyone has a favorite aspect of their college experience; Kerena’s revolves around softball. “Being on the team has helped me feel more comfortable at this school and has helped me make friends pretty quick.” 

While the college experience can be fun and a new adventure, there can be downsides for new students. Kerena mentioned that “learning how to balance school, work, sports, exercising, clubs and other extracurriculars [were difficult].”  

A little advice for her and all college students: Find a system that works for you. Find that time that you can cut out to do your homework. It does get easier to find a balance between work, school, and your social life.  

Being a college first-year student is an exciting time. It is a new way to expand your education to a higher level. It also is a spot to find out who you are. Finally, it is a place to discover your passion for what you want to do in the future.