College life is an immense change for any person deciding to take it and not everyone who enrolls in it comes with the same expectations. Being a Northern Illinois student, I have high hopes and goals for myself. I believe NIU is an excellent place for me to grow as an individual. I think being able to will help me translation better without having to feel homesick at any moment, knowing that I have a reliable support system waiting for me back home. Socially, I want to meet new people. I’m eager in meeting other individuals and learning something about themselves such as – where they come from, what life is like in their part of the country, why they too choose to study at NIU. I also would like to point out that it’s important to surround myself with positive people that will encourage and help keep a healthy friendship. It’s best that I avoid those individuals who have bad intentions since it could lead to negative consequences. I think it’s interesting to get to know people who grew up in an entirely different culture/background than me. Some places I could achieve this goal is by going to sports events or just working out at the recreational center. Another advantage being from Sycamore has given me is having a few friends on campus that I’m familiar with, as that will help make the transition to college a bit more comfortable knowing I not completely alone. While I’m looking forward to having fun socializing with others, I know at the same time that it’s just as essential to pass all my classes. When it comes to academics, I know I’ll be challenged a bunch especially in CSCI 240 and MATH 206. I see the content and workload will be much more robust than most of my classes in high school. Despite this fact, I feel confident in taking on this challenge and plan to push myself to the fullest of my potential in achieving excellence. My goal is to get a 4.0 in all semesters for the next four years. While it may seem outlandish, I always want to set the bar high for myself, because it usually brings the best out of me. This will require me to train myself from the beginning, to put the time and energy into finding solutions to your challenges, not in complaining. If I ever do get in behind in my work, I will not to be afraid to ask for help when needed, so I plan on using all my resources whenever I’m in need of some assistance.