I was so scared when I started at NMH. I was not good with leaving home. I was terribly homesick; I cried almost the whole first day. It was rough. But I wanted to be here so badly that I told myself, “You have to get over it.” After a week I did. By three weeks, I was totally transitioned. Coming here was definitely the best decision of my life so far.
When I was struggling during those early weeks, the resident leaders and the faculty in the dorm talked to me all the time. If I was by myself, I’d think about home and get upset. But if I had someone to talk to, then I’d have fun. Getting involved with sports helped too. I played JV soccer my first semester; that was really fun and a way to make friends easily. Now I play soccer, hockey, and lacrosse.
I was nominated to become a resident leader, which was a real honor. I think I could help someone a lot as a resident leader because what I went through emotionally when I came here was just crazy. I know exactly what it’s like to be going down that tough road. Being a resident leader seems like a feel-good job. Even though it can probably be tough at times, it seems really worth it.