Special to the Sun-Gazette
When I transferred to Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, I was beginning my first experience at a campus college. I didn't know what to expect but I was excited.
My mom and I came to the campus for orientation and, like it was yesterday, I remember gleaming into her camera sitting outside of the library in my new Mansfield sweatshirt.
By the end of my second semester at Mansfield I could confidently say that this experience has changed my life.
There's something to attending a campus college that I feel you can't experience anywhere else. The opportunities are vast and the experience itself is life changing.
Sitting in my room with Sophomore, Tara Warriner, cross-legged on the bright neon green carpet.
College was something her parents expected of her and she didn't mind. She was driven for this; gave it her heart.
You can see it on her face when she talks about it. "I wanted to see what I want to do with the rest of my life. I had no solid clue and maybe still don't exactly," Warriner said with a laugh.
There are both an academic and social aspect that campus colleges create. Something about being around the big beautiful buildings, small classrooms, booming lecture halls and a clock in the center of a little community creates a sense of responsibility to everything around you, while instilling a sense of future.
Campus colleges offer a variety of opportunities such as travel, Greek life in some instances and basic life lessons for when you're jolted out into the work force.
"If I wasn't on campus, I wouldn't have gone to London with the marching band, I wouldn't be going to Germany for two weeks after spring semester ends and I wouldn't have the teamwork skills to be able to get a good job in my field," Warriner said.
She has been a part of marching band since her first semester as well as Delta Zeta, one of the on-campus sororities.
Greek life was a big part of opening Warriner up, giving her leadership and social skills.
"It's taught me responsibility, scheduling, working with people, to open my eyes to new ideas, to new people, to definitely not judge people without getting to know them. There is a variety of people here from all different places who have opened up my eyes to different types of culture even when they're only from a couple hours away," Warriner said.