Transitioning from high school to college is one of the most
difficult times for students to go through. Many students are not able
to fully handle the changes and resulting stress levels, nearly
forcing them to quit school early on. Then, there are many students
who are still not familiar with the updated challenges, but they are
able to push through the hard times of their first year, better
suiting them for the rest of their college career. Finally, there are
some new students that are able to withstand their new surroundings
and pressure, and are able to thrive within their new community. Not
many students are able to do this, but the one's that do truly shine
among the peers around them. One student I was able to get to know
this year truly demonstrated that , and showed the people around him,
including his new friends, instructors, and course colleagues that he
will go far in his journey at Colorado State University.|
Hunter McClung, a mechanical engineering major, and I lived on
the same floor in Ingersoll Hall on campus. From our very first
interaction, which was during Ram Welcome at CSU, a time for first
year students to connect with other first years students on campus
through a weekend long barrage of activities, our friendship began.
During the first few awkward hours when everyone on our floor was
together that weekend, we sparked up a conversation, which is where
our friendship began. After that fateful encounter, we would
consistently talk with each other whenever we saw the other in the
hallway, walking past on the sidewalk, or whatever interaction we
would have. He turned out to be one of the nicest people I met during
my first year in college.
Even though I felt like we had a good friendship, he had even
better friendships and relationships with a lot of the other people he
met during his first year. He had various friends from many different
halls on campus, good relationships with the people he talked to with
his church group, and great friendships with his comrades in ROTC.
However, even though Hunter had really good relationships with a lot
of the people he met, his professional relationships with his teachers
and instructors was evenly matched with everyone else's.
Even before he entered college, Hunter always had good
relationships with his teachers. Whenever he would be struggling with
the many Advanced Placement courses he was taking during high school,
he would make time in his busy schedule to talk with the necessary
teacher, giving him time to better understand the material at hand,
which would allow him to excel at his school work. He used that same
approach with needing help with course material by asking his
instructors/professors for help whenever he could. Even if the problem
he had wasn't something too pressing, he would still make sure he knew
it to the best of his ability before it was too late.
The time and dedication Hunter put into his school work and
outside relationships is what made him an outstanding first year
student at CSU. His amount of energy and enthusiasm for bettering
himself made him an amazing role model for other first year students.
His compassion for the people around him makes him a beloved friend,
and his passion for his school work makes him a excelling student.
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