For this upcoming New Year I have decided that I am going to make it my duty to get connected at my new school! This past semester was my first semester at the University of Georgia—GO DAWGS! haha The past semester was filled with so many changes. It was my first semester being away from my family and living on my own, which would be a big step for anyone, but due to my diagnosis I had become extremely close to my family and being home all the time with them. Not only would I be living away from my family but I would also be living with a complete stranger as a roommate. Luckily I was blessed with an angel of a roommate who was more than I could have asked for of one. It was my first semester at a new school and I had never been to a University before, just community type colleges. While most others my age were already plugged in and knew their way around campus, I was the one constantly looking at the bus routes and maps to see where I was going and how. There were many times I got lost that first week and I had never done so much walking in my life! I was extremely frustrated and felt like giving up already! Many told me that it would get better as time went on. I would learn my way around campus, the bus routes, and the University would not seem as massive as it did. I was enormously doubtful of these claims but there was no other choice but to truck on. Each week my routine became more defined and I was getting into the groove of things. But as time went on, my work load for homework also got heavier. So now that I had figured my routine out and had a little more time to do things, those time slots were now filled with piles upon piles of homework. There was barely any time to eat or sleep, let alone do any extracurricular activities. From the time of my acceptance letter to the university, I had been looking at groups and organizations to join, but now that school had started, it was impossible to even think about that possibility. Now that I have scheduled my classes more efficiently this semester, I am confident that I will have more time to engage in these groups. I am really excited because last semester was mostly just stressful and all about not getting lost or failing. Now that I have gotten the hang of things I can focus on truly getting connected in the university and college life. See what being a DAWG is really all about! (; What groups have you guys gotten plugged into? Has it helped enrich your college experience and meet people?