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Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Extracurriculars: BU Engagement Department, The Buzz Magazine

Why are you studying journalism?

“First, I want to go to law school. And I was like, I need a major that's not going to tank my GPA. And then also the research aspect, and also I really love writing, and current events and stuff. So I thought it'd be fun. I know, Questrom, they have a law concentration. So I wanted to do that. And I don't know, I just really want financial freedom. I want to be a business owner. I want to be able to retire at 35 If I want to.”

What objects in your dorm represent your identity or home life?

“I have this LED sign of a cowboy hat because it reminds me of Houston. I miss the rodeo and stuff. And then I have all these pictures, some with my best friend, we ran track together. And then I have me and my mom. This is my Drake candle, my friend gave this to me freshman year of high school for my birthday, and I love it. I also keep buying flowers because that's something my mom does, the house is littered with flowers. And I realized it makes me feel like I'm at home. It's really cute.”

What are you struggling with?

“I think my biggest struggle this semester was when my boyfriend broke up with me, like a week into the semester. And I was already really homesick. Everything else here was so good: I love the people I met, the organizations I was part of, my classes are going well. And I was so sad for so long because of this person who's not even here. I should have known!”

College can be hardStudent Wellbeing provides support for Boston University students with resources, like the one below:

"Early on, it’s not unusual for students to feel a sense of loneliness, sadness, confusion, and preoccupation with thoughts about home. Homesickness can feel similar to grief, as one becomes separated from family, close friends, and familiar places. Your usual supports may not be close by to help you adjust to this unfamiliar environment, but knowing some tips for adjusting can be helpful in navigating this period."

Adjusting to University Life and Coping with Homesickness

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