My first summer at Lafayette College has been filled with happiness and uncontrollable excitement about everything from my very first job to new experiences. I’ve explored and experienced life on and off my college campus with some of my friends and also at my workplace.
I enjoyed working at my first job. I was an employee in the Catering service on my college campus. It was tiring and fun but never boring. I met new people, acquired a few skills in the kitchen and learned how to be a good worker.
My job duties included setup, delivering food and cleanup after events. In Catering, I worked alumni events and a camping event. This coming school year, I might return and work for Catering again. However, I’m looking forward to possibly working elsewhere on campus such as the library or art center!
Besides working at my first paid job, I participated in a variety of adventurous summer activities. I went to a carnival and it was eye-opening. They had country music, various kinds of American foods, drinks, a transportable Ferris wheel, fire trucks and even a balloon and dart game. I had a marvelous time and enjoyed it wholeheartedly.
This summer, I’ve also spent some time exploring other religions and going to church. I went with a friend of mine to her church for the first time near school and she showed me around. I had never been in a church before. Just looking at the outer building before I entered made me so happy and ready to experience it. It was refreshing to do something I’ve never done.
Many times it even felt great to do simple activities and turn them into fun collectible memories. For example, going shopping or going to the grocery store isn’t supposed to be fun at all for a lot of reasons because there are a lot of choices at the store so it’s hard to know what’s good to buy. In addition to that, American people tend to have a car so they don’t have much to worry about whenever they want to go somewhere. As an international student, staying on campus during the summer, I was always happy and excited if one of my friends offered me a ride to go to Giant or Target because it made it easier to go to the store and it was another chance I could hang out with my friends.
Although being in the U.S., especially for an entire summer, is a life-changing and incredible journey, it’s very different compared to where I was born. I still miss a few things back home in Cambodia including the food, the customs, the weather and especially my family.
Overall, I feel like I’ve enjoyed my first summer in the U.S. Additionally, I’ve finally learned about something that I used to always wonder about which is what life is like for a college student living on their campus during the summer. The exploration of this summer was fresh and fun. One thing happened after another and this period in my life has become an amazing adventure!
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