Student finds a community, feels at home at KSU
KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan 4, 2021) — The first semester of college is a time of transition and growth as students spread their wings and begin to navigate their academic careers, discover new interests and make lasting memories. In recognition of that significant step, we are highlighting students who have just completed their first semesters at Kennesaw State. Feyisola Odejimi, who is from Suwanee, Georgia, and plans to pursue a degree in elementary education, shares what made her first semester as an Owl so meaningful.
What was the best aspect of your first semester?
Making friends at Kennesaw State because I wasn’t expecting to make friends at the beginning of my first semester amidst a pandemic at such a large school. The clubs helped me find a close group of people that I will always be thankful for, and I have an awesome friend group that I hang out with all the time. There are so many clubs and events at KSU, everyone can get involved. I became involved by being on the KSU track and field team, along with joining some faith-based clubs around campus like Cru and Baptist Collegiate Ministries.
As you’ve adjusted to college, who or what has been your greatest support at KSU?
The biggest academic support at KSU has been the Writing Center. I have never been a strong essay writer, and going to the Writing Center every time I had an essay ensured that I never received less than an “A” on a paper.
How did the rigor/workload of college courses compare with what you expected?
In high school, I completed about a year of dual enrollment classes, so I was kind of prepared for the coursework. What surprised me was the attendance policy. In high school, teachers hold you accountable and there is a punishment for missing class; in college when you miss class, you’re punishing yourself because you can easily fall behind.
How did your first semester affirm to you that KSU is the right choice for you to attend college?
When I toured Kennesaw State – for the third time because I loved it so much – I felt that it was a place I could grow, and it felt like home. Going through this semester, I have grown as a person and a student. I have matured through the experiences of this first semester. I have taken more responsibility for myself and have held myself more accountable for my schoolwork.
Did your college plan change at all during your first semester?
Ever since I was younger, I knew I wanted to help people, and once I got older, I realized I wanted to help children. I have known that I wanted to be in the education field since my freshman year of high school. More recently, though, I have decided to minor in psychology along with majoring in elementary education in hopes that I can be an elementary guidance counselor.
What are your aspirations for the rest of your first year of college and your college career?
My aspirations are to make good grades in my classes and learn more about the education field. Along with that, I want to have friends and people that I can count on. I also want to place in the NCAA or ASUN Championship in shot put.
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