I Spent a Night at College for the First Time… and Survived!!

Wheaton CollegeRecently I had the opportunity to spend the night at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. As part of their overnight program for admitted students, I was able to stay overnight on campus with a student host and then attend a class the next morning.

I was pretty nervous beforehand because I had never been to an overnight program like this before. And what if I didn’t like the campus or the feel of the school? I haven’t committed to any schools yet, but Wheaton is high on my list. If I didn’t like it, where would I turn next? Or what if my student host wasn’t friendly or helpful? These worries raced through my mind as I arrived on campus, ate dinner with my parents, and then was sent on my own to experience a night at college with my student host.

IMG_0958I could not have had a more friendly, helpful, kind student host! She showed me all around the beautiful campus, brought me to the student-run cafe, and even let me explore the impressive library. She gave me so much great advice and information about Wheaton and college life in general, and overall made this experience an incredibly positive one. 

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I loved the stacks… so many books!

After breakfast the next morning I headed off to class. We had a wide variety of classes that we could choose to attend, but since I already attended a literature class at a different college I thought I would pursue my other interest: Spanish. Fortunately, the professor was enthusiastic, friendly, and even came over and spoke to me in Spanish for a little bit. Attending the class has made me feel so much better about possibly being a Spanish major in college.

There are so many things that I love about Wheaton: the sense of community, the variety in academic programs, and the beautiful campus, of course! I haven’t committed to a school yet, but Wheaton College is definitely one of my favorites! 

How did you decide which college or university to attend? If you’re still in high school (like me!) how is your college search going? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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24 thoughts on “I Spent a Night at College for the First Time… and Survived!!

  1. I did an overnight stay at the first college that I went to and I was super nervous, too. It ended up going really well and I went there, but I transferred after a year. The thing about college is that you’re still relatively young and no decision is ever final, so don’t stress too much. Go with your gut and where your heart takes you and you’ll do fabulously!

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  2. So glad you had a good time!
    I think your major is more important than your college. You gotta choose that wisely. In terms of choosing a college, list down things you really want in a college and see if the college meets those requirements. Do not neglect your gut feel too!
    Good luck!

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  3. That sounds so incredible! When I was younger, I went to this weekend program at a university. And although I never ended up going there, I’m glad I went for the experience. It was well worth it!

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    1. I’m so glad I went- I feel so much better about the school now that I’ve spent a night there, and if it’s the school I end up attending next fall I know that I’ll have a great time. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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    1. That’s so reassuring to hear! I’ve heard so many amazing things about Wheaton, and everyone seems to love it. I always like to hear what people like about it, because everyone seems to find that one special thing that really makes their experience a positive one. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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  4. Holly, how crazy! Wheaton is mere miles away from where I live – I’m so glad you enjoyed your stay in snowy Massachusetts 🙂 I have a few more months until I have to start thinking about college, but I’m strangely looking forward to the process. I hope the rest of your college search finishes off well!

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    1. No way! What a coincidence!! I live in southern New Hampshire, so Wheaton is about an hour and a half drive for me… not too bad of a ride! I felt the same way in the last few years- I looked forward to researching and finding that school that would feel like a home away from home. Thanks, and best of luck with your college search in the future! 🙂

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  5. I am a 2009 Wheaton alumna and reading your post brought back such memories of my own college decisions! Wheaton was my top choice among five other New England area schools, but I didn’t know how much I was going to love Wheaton until I took a tour there, and then I just fell in love. I couldn’t wait to move in as a freshman and the subsequent four years flew right by. I must admit I’m a little envious that I can’t go back and do it all again! Good luck with your journey, wherever you go… and if you do go to Wheaton, get involved in the theater department… a great place for bookish types! 🙂

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    1. That sounds a lot like my situation right now! Out of the schools I’ve been accepted to so far Wheaton is definitely the one that stands out to me. When I went there I felt comfortable and at home. Thanks so much for the great comment and the well wishes! 🙂

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