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In their own words: Fear of freshman year

Aaron Atchison (WBEZ/Bill Healy)
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.

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