Four years of forming friendships

By Geri Lynn Utter
February 21, 2002

Even though I shared a room comfortably fit for one with two other girls and didn’t have the luxury of my own bathroom, I must say, freshman year in Woodcrest wasn’t that bad. In fact, it was one of my most memorable college years. I met a lot of new people and formed meaningful friendships.

Before attending Cabrini, I went to an all-girls Catholic high school in Philadelphia; so living in an all-girl dormitory seemed like a wise transition coming into a coed college. Let me start off by saying, “It was definitely an experience.”

I lived with a friend from high school and another girl I met over orientation. We all seemed similar in many ways, but we were also very different. My one roommate was from Lancaster and the other was from Philadelphia. I remember hearing from friends who had already been in college that there would be a huge adjustment period before I actually began to feel comfortable. They were right. We had different schedules and different interests, so all three of us had to learn how to live with each other.

At first, we did different things and hung out with different people at school. I never really thought I would remain friends with my roommate from Lancaster but a lot can happen in four years.

Throughout freshman year, I found out a lot about my strengths and weaknesses. I had fun freshman year but others never easily influenced me. I did what I wanted to do and people learned to respect me for it.

A nightly Woodcrest tradition was ordering food or ice cream from Campus Corner. We were addicted to those chicken finger hoagies; we couldn’t get enough of them. Manicures and hair- styles were always changing in Woodcrest. However, the most important thing I found in Woodcrest was friendship. Like I mentioned earlier, I never thought I would talk to my roommate from Lancaster after freshman year because we hung out with different people and had many different interests. My roommate from high school went through a lot of her own changes freshman year, but we managed to stay friends.

Freshman year flew by and before I knew it I was picking a number for the sophomore housing selection. Sophomore year I ended up living with my friend from high school in Xavier. Sophomore year was all right. My mind was focused on so many different things that even I couldn’t keep track of myself.

Junior year was pretty much the same as first semester; however the second semester was a blast. I turned 21. You can fill in the blanks yourself. Some friends changed and some friends stayed the same.

Believe it or not the girl from Lancaster that lived with me freshman year ended up being one of my closest friends. We both shared the same major and had many of the same classes, which drew us closer together. We would sit in a particular communications class and poke fun at people in the class and just laugh. At the time we were just having fun, but looking back I realize that I was forming a friendship that would last a lifetime.

I am in the process of preparing for graduation. If it had not been for the friendships that I formed at Cabrini, I don’t know how I would have gotten through four years of college. The time spent at college has been an ongoing test and trial of my personality and discovery of who I really am. Without the comfort and laughter provided by the people I have met at Cabrini, I don’t know where or how I would be where I am today.

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