UF students answer: What is the hardest part about college?

By Lauren Rex


College is hard for all years of students in every type of major and the transition from high school to college can be a big leap for some students.

Some of the biggest hardships in college consist of coming to the realization that you are going out into life on your own.

“Having to grow up,” Hailey Haws, a freshman studying marketing, said this was one of the hardest parts of college.

Being a freshman in college is a huge change, and for some, can be very scary. The idea of growing up and leaving home is a hard part for many students.

“Also finding the motivation to do work. I feel like there is a lot of homework,” Haws added.

College classes seem to have more homework and assignments out of class, which some students find to be different from high school.

Jenna Krakomperger is a sophomore studying accounting and says that being lonely has been a hard adjustment.

“Being away from people I know and having to restart and make new friends,” Krakomperger said.

Many students struggle with leaving home and having to make friends in a new place. In a place like Findlay, with many clubs and sports, students have more opportunities to make friends. However, it is a hard adjustment for almost all students.

A huge number of students come to Findlay for the equine and pre-vet programs.

A sophomore studying English equestrian studies, Greta Moats, has classes both at the barns and on campus.

“Having time for schoolwork with the barn is really hard,” Moats said.

Being able to balance barn chores, riding, and regular core and business classes can be very difficult and time consuming.

Caylee Combs is a sophomore double majoring in pre-vet and English equestrian studies.

“The hardest part of being a double major in English equestrian studies and animal science: pre-vet is having to put 100% into both majors,” Combs said. “I’m at the barn for at least six hours each day to care for my horses, but I also have to make sure I have time to study and get high grades.”

Not only are there grades and horses to worry about, but Combs also is in clubs and on sports teams, as well as vet hours.

“I am involved in clubs, and teams like IHSA, and have enough vet hours for my vet school application,” Combs said. “I have a pretty full schedule this year as I’m trying to graduate in three years, so making sure I plan ahead to get everything completed at the barn and be seen as ‘unique’ as a vet school applicant has been especially challenging this year.”

Being a pre-vet student, Combs makes sure she diversifies her applications.

Morgan Nadler is studying business analytics and is a junior, and she finds getting, and keeping, her priorities straight, to sometimes be difficult.

“Balancing doing my work and having fun,” Nadler said.

College is a step between high school and living at home, with being out in the real world.

Having to balance work and play is difficult for almost all college students and finding the middle can be a hard thing to find.

Abigail Hernandez, a sophomore studying marketing, said that living alone is the hardest part of college.

Riley Torkelson, a sophomore in business, has a few things about the hardships of college.

“The amount of things going on at once,” Torkelson said. “It’s not like high school where you may or may not have a job, go to school, then chill out at home. You have clubs, sports, jobs, school, friends, and bills all at college.”

“It’s a lot more stressful with the flow of life and can be a bit overwhelming at times,” Torkleson said.