Stephany Rodriguez

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Stephany Rodriguez

"One Deep Breath"

Submitted on Friday, September 9, 2016

I jump, completely terrified. I reach for my phone frantically. All I want is to turn off the piercing noise coming from my phone, a sound I haven't heard in almost three months. My alarm is alerting me to get out of bed and ready for the first day of college. As I walk to the Academic and Professional Center (APC) building a campus police officer looks at me and smiles and says, “Are you ready for this new year to start?” I look at him, smile, open my mouth. I am surprised with what comes out, “No, not really.”

Once I get to the room there are only three students there. I take a seat directly in front of the professor’s desk. Time goes by and the classroom begins to fill and I am still the only one sitting in the front, which doesn't help how nervous I already am. Our professors would walk in and commence their classes. They’d stand up front and walk us through what the next eight weeks would look like. For stats, a quiz every day and for business, we had two projects quickly approaching.

But as the day comes to an end I look around the classroom and I notice that students are letting out a deep breath which they had been holding in for a long time, and for the first time that day I have a boost of confidence. Looking around this room, I realize that I am not alone. I have this great group of people that will be there with me. At this point Sean, the person who is in charge of the Dunham Fund program here at Waubonsee, walks in and asks us how the first day went. He begins to explain how he knows that it was probably overwhelming but if we ever needed help we could talk to him. He also says that if he isn’t able to provide that help he is going to help us find someone else who can.

This program is fast paced. It condenses the normal sixteen weeks down to only eight for us. Yes, it will be a lot of work but this amazing program will allow us to finish two years in one. For me, considering everything that I want to accomplish, it is a great opportunity and with Sean and the people that I will have all the same classes with, it will be very helpful. Like a classmate said, “We are like a family already.” And with that I am really looking forward to the rest of the year. I believe it will be a great one.