Freshman Unprepared for Reality Check

CHICAGO, IL – Maria Hanson, a Freshman Psychology major from Ohio, moved into her Mertz hall dorm with high hopes for the upcoming school year. She and her roommate, Taylor Peters, a Marketing major from California, met online on the Loyola University Class of 2022 Facebook page after realizing they both had shared interests in The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Bachelor In Paradise, and can’t wait to explore Chicago.

“I balanced 8 hours of class a day, work, extracurriculars, and a social life in high school and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. I’m only taking 18 credit hours so I should be fine,” said Hanson, who graduated with a class of 68, explained.

Only two weeks into the semester, she has visited all of her professor’s office hours three times and met with her advisor twice just so she can stay on track. Hanson truly believes everyone who complains about college is just making it up.

“I start at 8:15 M/W/F and at 8:30 T/TH and I haven’t been pressured into skipping. Everyone who skips class just isn’t motivated enough and probably shouldn’t be in college,” Hanson said, highlighting test dates in her planner and not studying for the three she has this week.

Peters also has lofty goals for the school year. She plans on getting a bid from her top choice sorority, getting an internship for the second semester, go out every weekend, and graduate with a 4.0 GPA. She sits in her made bed and tries to organize her container of fruit and coffee, and her laptop to create a cute “I’m studying harder than you” Instagram story. She hasn’t read her rubric for her paper due in two days yet.

“Maria and I have a room booked in the IC every night this week so we can try to have some peace and quiet to study. Everyone says C’s get degrees, but I don’t want to find out if that’s true or not,” Peters says, closing Sakai and opening Netflix on her computer, covered in LUC, California, and a “Road work ahead? I sure hope it does” stickers.

Hanson is seated in the Metropolis coffee bar, her to-do list open next to her. Crossed off is getting tickets home for Fall break. She still has to figure out if she can still graduate early with a triple minor in German, Anthropology, and Women and Gender Studies, and how to get her parents to up her weekly allowance from $75 to $100. She still hasn’t sent out emails to get an internship for the Spring semester and didn’t even bring her books with her.

“These first few weeks have been a little more difficult than high school. But it’s nothing I can’t handle. The rest of the year is going to be a breeze,” Hanson smiles before taking a sip of her large latte.