What is your hometown and where did you go to high school? What is your current year and major at Georgia State?
My hometown is Atlanta, Ga. I have lived in this city my entire life. I attended Alpharetta High School my freshman year of high school. Due to transportation difficulties I then transferred to Tri-Cities High School. I am currently a Freshman here at Georgia State University. My major is Spanish with concentrations in Language and International Business.
What made you want to come to Georgia State?
I decided to attend Georgia State because it was close to my house and I enjoy the city life. Also I had friends who were here at Georgia State, so I wasn’t as scared to come because I knew they were here and if I needed anything I could just contact them. Most importantly, I decided to come to this institution because it’s very diverse and I wanted to be in an environment like the one we have here.
What was your Incept: New Student Orientation experience like?
Well, I did the overnight Incept. My experience was amazing. I was really afraid of not being able to make friends, but that didn’t happen. All the other students were very excited and outgoing so I was able to communicate with them. All of my questions were answered and we were given advice by the 2011 Incept team on how to adapt to Georgia State’s learning environment and what this institution had to offer.
How did you manage that feeling of being overwhelmed?
I managed my feeling of being overwhelmed by using my time wisely and doing all of my work on time. If you wait until the night before an assignment is due, this can be very stressful. There were moments when I did have a lot of work to do, but I also gave myself time to relax and enjoy time with my family which helped me aswell.
What was your first semester like?
My first semester of college was awesome. I met many people and I was involved in several organizations. My least favorite class was Math and it wasn’t because I didn’t like math, but because it just took a lot of my time. I did have a lot of work and I did write many essays but I feel like that was part of this awesome experience I had because I was doing everything I was suppose to do and at the end I ended receiving all A’s for my classes.
What other activities besides being an Inceptor are you involved in?
I joined the Student Alumni Association and soon after this I became a Board of Director for this organization. I also became part of the Latin American Student Association, which I met many Latino people and I felt like these people opened my eyes to see how important my culture was. Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting was another organization I joined.
What are some of your interests outside of your Georgia State classes and involvement (favorite movies, activities, etc.) ?
I really enjoy sports. I love running miles and miles without stopping. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends. As I’ve stated, college can be a bit stressful and hard a times, but going home and seeing my parents especially my mother calms me down and helps me relax. I like trying new things all the time, so anything outside of school would be great.
Why did you want to become an Inceptor?
I wanted to become an Inceptor because I wanted to show the diversity here at Georgia State. I also wanted to help other students, especially incoming freshman with this whole new experience they were about to encounter. And of course I wanted to be an Inceptor because many students apply to be part of this, but only 17 get to make the team, so this is such an accomplishment.
What’s the most fun thing about the college experience?
I think the most fun thing about the college experience is living a whole different life from your previous school years. You are now on your own and you don’t have people telling you what you do. I personally enjoyed getting out of class early and going out for lunch with my friends or going out for a walk to the park.
What’s one thing about college you didn’t expect or you wish someone had told you about?
When you’re in high school, everyone thinks that college is all about partying and freedom. However, I can personally say that is a big NO. I had to study a lot and I had way more homework than I did in high school. Sometimes I had to stay up late studying for exams and reading chapters for my next class etc.
Finally, what is your favorite thing about Georgia State that you think other students should really take advantage of?
My favorite thing about Georgia State is that you can always find any group of organization to be part of. Every student should get involve around campus and make new friends. I think college years are the best years of your school career.