Posted on May 14, 2013 at 2:22 pm
Well, I’ve definitely made the right choice. At this point, I can honestly say that I am so happy with my decision to come to school here, rather than the UC near home. PUC is absolutely breathtaking, especially during the spring. The good weather has put all of the students in such a good mood, and I love it. Most weekends, I go hiking with my friends either to Linda Falls or through the trails in the Back Forty. Each and every time, I am simply blown away by all the incredible nature that surrounds me. It's definitely not the same here as the brown hills that I'm used to in Southern California; I feel like I've never seen trees greener than these. On my way to class, I'm actually able to take a deep breath of fresh air. My favorite time however, is the evening. I walk around the school track and just marvel at all the stars shining across the sky.
I have finally decided on my major: intercultural communication. Since PUC is a liberal arts college, there is such a wide variety and selection of classes that we are able to take. This school really caters to a diverse group of individuals, and it fascinates me. It took me over a year to decide, but I'm thankful that I was able to take all the classes I wanted without having to worry about them being impacted like most other schools. Also, the professors here not only know my name, but they also know me. They're always so willing to provide extra help or just have a quick chat after class and ask how I am doing. More than that, they provide a comfortable, nurturing environment and I feel myself growing both intellectually and socially.
Because of the smaller class sizes, I've become close friends with my all of my classmates. I appreciate the positive, family like atmosphere, because I can openly ask questions and make comments without feeling awkward or like I'm being judged. I also love that my professors and peers aren't afraid to push me. What makes it even greater is that they continuously support my decisions, which truly helps me to be even more certain about trying new things, and expanding my horizon. At times I get stressed, but I think it’s actually a good stress. I'm working toward a goal and, though my workload is tough, I am still able to thoroughly enjoy all my classes thanks to the support of those I have become close to.
Something different that I have noticed is that people here at PUC are really nice. They open doors for you and smile and wave hello even if they have never formally met you. It’s much different than what I am used to with the fast paced, southern Californian lifestyle. They do it just because they recognize one another within our small campus and community. It gives everyone a sense of togetherness, I guess. It's these simple things that I now realize and appreciate the true importance for in life, and it has made me excited to return the favor to anyone, at any time. I really miss home, but I can confidently say that I am glad to be here now.
Sophomore, Intercultural Communication
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