Freshmen reflect on work, independence
of first semester at USU
By Kayla Harding
December 12, 2008 | As their first semester comes
to a close, USU freshmen expressed their opinions about
the pros and cons of campus life and living on their
Some students have selected their major, are taking
14 credit hours or more, and are expecting to come out
of this semester with A's in all their classes. Many
freshmen find themselves too busy to have jobs, thus
struggle with money.
"It's so easy to spend money up here and I don't
have a job, so I think what I need to do is budget,"
said Ben Kiser a USU freshman beginning journalism and
communication pre-major courses next semester.
Sarah Anderson, a family, child, and human development
major said she has overspent as well. "I've indulged,"
she said, "Every month I've over-drafted on my
debit card. I've gone out and bought clothes when I
shouldn't have, and especially at the first, gone out
to eat weekly. Now I have to be really careful about
money and now I'm keeping a register; so I'm on top
With an array of courses being taken to earn associates
degrees, many students both enjoyed and despised their
classes which came to an end last Friday. "My favorite
class was rape defense, it teaches about the law and
gives you really good tips and makes you more aware,"
Kiser felt that his creative arts class was, in general,
"A waste of time. It was just a breadth credit
for the university [to] milk out some money; that's
exactly what I think of most [of] the general eds, because
honestly what am I going to use creative arts for?"
Student's parents have various opinions about their
majors. Anderson's father would have had her choose
a different major. "My dad is not supportive at
all of my major," she said "He feels like
it's a degree that I won't be able to do anything with,
or that will make any money."
Trevor Vincent, a music performance major with an emphasis
in saxophone performance, said his parents support his
decision. "Well my mom was a music performance
major and my dad was an artist, so they really like
it," he said.
Academically, many students are confident in their
performance this semester however Anderson expressed
a few exceptions. " I think I will have a really
good grade point this semester, except for my science
class," she said. "I'm going to fail that
class; that will not be good." She said she talked
to her advisor and she is taking the class again so
it "won't count against" her GPA.
Alexis Graham, a music performance major, said, "The
most important thing in school is to work really hard,
but make sure you stay at your own pace; don't get over
When asked about their choice to attend USU, and if
they had any regrets, Kiser and Casey Williams, an undeclared
major, both admitted in the beginning they wanted to
attend a college in southern Utah, but in the end remain
happy with their choice. Anderson said, "I love Utah
State, I think I made the right decision in coming here."
Kiser and Vincent say they benefit from being roommates
at Reeder Hall. "It's very convenient, very close
to everything, so I really like it here," said
Anderson, however, does not like her housing choice.
"I hate where I live and the people I live with.
Next year I'm planning on living somewhere totally different.
I live in Pineview Apartments and they are dorm style
somewhat and I want something totally different next
year," said Anderson.
Williams, who lives off campus said, "I'd rather
have a dorm type (apartment) so you get to know more
people. Everybody up there, they're just kind of into
things and down here I'm secluded, up there it just
seems like everyone knows more."
When questioned about what this university needs Anderson
jokingly said, "Maybe a better football team?"
Kiser and Vincent were quick to say, "Free food!"
However, after thinking for a moment, Kiser said, "Housing
scholarships for not just the crappy Towers and Richards
Hall, because I got a scholarship offer for housing
for only those places but nowhere else. Why don't they
just give a general housing scholarship?"
Overall the students have enjoyed their first semester
here at USU. "I think it's a very beneficial thing towards
my life in general and can take me places and I'm happy
to be here," said Kiser.