What Goes Down In College After Classes Are Over?

Alex and his bunk mate Caryll Lee having late night dance night at UIUC.

By Joshua Kelly ’20

Many students at Pritzker find their graduation to be an escape from the rules. Why? Because you are out of your classes, you make your own rules. Since that is the case with college, why not see what college is like? Is it, as some students may put it, the freedom that we seek from Pritzker rules that make school seem like a prison?

The Alumni that was interviewed is a graduated senior attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Alumni is Alex Correa, who graduated from Pritzker in 2018 and is currently a freshman in college.

When going into college, chances are you do not know anyone there. Being social is very important. If you are socially awkward, you will end up being lonely and you may not want that (although you might want to as well).

Correa said, “When I was a freshman at Pritzker, I wasn’t too social. I had a small circle (friend group), but as time progressed I became more social.” Correa went on to say that as a freshman in college, he is more social than ever and goes out whilst keeping his schoolwork together. He even has his own group of friends already. Correa went on to say, “My group is so diverse, but that’s what makes us blend so well. We constantly joke around and I love them.”

After recovering from that sweet comment, Correa was then asked if he felt more “free” in college. Correa replied that college is “much more liberating” and he gets to make his own choices. Correa even said it himself that college isn’t as strict as Pritzker or rules. You might be prepared to start a riot and go against the rules, but you gotta sit down for a second and take in consideration that Pritzker is also preparing you for a successful job that involves “professionalism.”

Continuing off of his “I make my own choices” idea, Correa was asked if he finds it difficult to be independent. “I don’t think there’s necessarily a hard part about being independent,” Correa said, “I just think that by being independent you need to make smarter choices.” Correa elaborated “smarter choice” by saying not to party too often, even though it’s tempting, prioritize your school work, and prioritize your job if you have one.

Correa has become a loving, caring, and mature (most of the time) adult on his path to college. His presence brings many smiles. He doesn’t have any friends because he considers his real friends as family. It’s a bond that cannot be broken nor torn apart.

The overall point is that college is not scary if you adapt to it. You have to be smart and responsible for your choices. You can party when you want to, but only if you can manage your time and not party too hard. In college, you make the rules that help you survive. Are you willing to take on that challenge?