My Rutgers Family

I’ve always been told that the transition from high school to college would be a tough one. For the first time in my life, I would be living on my own with new people. More importantly, I would face the struggle of not seeing my family everyday. From the outside looking in, the move-in process can sound pretty lonely. Luckily for me, I was quick to find a “second family” right here at Rutgers.

On move-in day, the only person I was familiar with was my roommate. Sure, we had met a few times and had been talking for months, but we didn’t quite know each other yet. Both coming from small towns where we went to school with the same people our entire lives, we’ve been in very few situations where we were forced to make all new friends. Once we were settled in, we realized that there were others in the same boat.

After a day of running from room to room on our floor, introducing ourselves to our fellow floor mates while nosily trying to get a glance at everyone’s dorm decor, I already found myself in a tight-knit group of people. On the first night, my entire floor was already going to the dinning hall together, comparing schedules, and planning movie nights.

In such a small amount of time, my floor bonded. We shared interests, stories, and even traveled as a pack to the football game the very next day. I was amazed at how just hours of living together could bring a group of people so close together.

As we’ve gone our separate ways in the past few weeks while going to classes, joining different clubs/organizations, and making new friends, I’d like to think that we’re all still pretty close. In between the chaos of college, we still manage to make time for our afternoon tea parties and “family” dinners where we can all let go of our worries from the day.

It is crazy to think that I could feel so connected to people I’ve known for barely a month. I genuinely feel as if I’ve known my floor mates for years, making living away from home that much easier. Before coming to Rutgers, countless people told me to live on the Livingston campus my Freshman year. After taking their advice and living through it,  I now understand why- for Livi has truly become my home away from home.