The day finally came: Move in Day. It was a bitterly cold day in early January. The campus was desolate since most students were not moving in for several more days. I wearily attended orientation the following day, trying to have an open mind and hide my anxiety. I walked in to find a room full of unfamiliar faces; therefore, I sat at the closest table so I would not be the center of attention for too long. My goal was to find one person that I could reach out to and befriend. Luckily for me, soon after sitting down, a possible “candidate” sat at my table. Upon sitting down, I realized right away that I wanted to be friends with this girl. I started a conversation with her; however, at first it was limited to small talk. Thankfully, through the coordinators the conversation flowed and we became more acquainted and realized we had more in common than we thought. Both of us speak Spanish fluently, have traveled to many of the same places, and are business majors. The next couple of days we continued to see each other. To entertain ourselves, we made several trips to Pugsley’s, since no campus dining facilities were open, and went to Lincoln Center to see a movie. I was unaware at the time, but I had made my first friend at Fordham.
I realized the overconsuming thoughts I had before coming to school were now meaningless. I made a great friend that I enjoy spending time with, something I once thought to be a most challenging task. Having a good friend from my first day at Fordham has made my transition invaluably easier and more enjoyable. I look forward to what the future holds at Fordham for me.