A young college student has told of her first year in the city, describing a community of passionate, outgoing students, who she says were “fantastic” and “gutsy”.
The 21-year-old, who asked not to be named, has been in Montclair since graduating from the school’s College of Arts and Sciences last year.
She was living with her parents when she started classes at the city’s Montclair College of Technology, where she was the youngest person.
“They were all very supportive of my goals, so I was just excited to be here,” she said.
‘I had to do my best’The new Montclair student said the school is “pretty much my first experience” at a university.
“I had a lot of stress, because I didn’t want to be too late to classes,” she explained.
She said that after completing her studies, she “did my best” to get the right fit for the college.
The student said she was “a bit shy” around other students, but was not scared off by the pressure.
“They would say ‘you can’t come to school with this kind of attitude, so get used to it’,” she said, adding that the school had a “very supportive atmosphere”.
“I’m definitely excited for the next chapter.”
Students and teachers at the university are hoping to have the first ever Montclair campus open for classes on March 18.
“I feel like I have to do a lot more, like I’m going to be a little more self-conscious,” said the student, who is in her first semester at the school.
(Reporting by Stephanie Lecce; Editing by Andrew Hay and Tom Brown)