In their own words: Fear of freshman year

August 9, 2013

Aaron Atchison

For more than three million students like me in the U.S., this year means going off to college for the first time. As you can imagine, it’s a stressful time. I’ve been worrying about this transition for a few months now, almost since I graduated from Whitney Young High School in Chicago last June.

I’m afraid to find out that I’m not as headstrong or independent as I think I am. But I know I need to get away.  As much as I love living in a city with about 500 murders a year and brutal winters, something tells me it’s time to go. So I’m leaving to study journalism at Arizona State University.

I know I’m not the only one buggin’ out. So I decided to check in with other folks my age who are in the same boat.

More Chicago area students headed to college: Josh Wilks, Alejandra Chavez, the Pietz triplets and Osbeyda Navarrete.