Like most incoming freshmen students, finding a hobby or passion in college is always a struggle in the beginning. Trying to balance your schedule, choosing the required classes, and finding time to study or exercise can be very stressful. As a commuting freshman, it was hard to find a place on campus to let myself go and do something I loved, especially when I did not know anyone coming to UConn. College can make or break you, as preparation for making life choices and becoming independent. For me, my first year in college was tough because I struggled to find an efficient method to study for classes such as Biology 1107, while seeking a place to de-stress. Despite struggling to excel in school during my freshman year, eventually I figured out how to balance my schoolwork, working three jobs at one point, and making time to hang out with friends. Unfortunately, it wasn’t easy because I was always stressed about school. Luckily, I took a chance last semester and went to the Fall Involvement Fair, and found an Asian Fusion Acapella group with members who encouraged me to try out for their team.
When I tried out and was selected for the Acapella team called Husky Hungama, initially I was concerned about whether or not I would be committed. But looking back on it now, it was one of greatest decisions I made. I found a place where I could be myself and pursue my passion to sing. Joining Husky Hungama not only helped me improve as a singer, but gave me a chance to be in a safe place where I met wonderful and caring people who shared a similar passion for singing. Among all of the stress of studying for exams, applying for jobs, and trying to stay healthy, being a part of a particular group lets you forget about the stressors in your life, even if it’s temporary. Being a part of this team allowed me to join a family of brothers and sisters because at the end of the day, these people were not just friends, but family. Meeting new people is the best feeling because at the end of your college career these will be “your people,” who will pick you up when you fall and support you while you succeed! College is an experience. You will fail numerous times and the stress you accumulate will make it seem as if the world is coming to an end. But don’t fret! Stress is a common aspect of life and there is no way around it. But there are always ways to cope with stress. Taking the time to go to involvement fairs every semester and attending various general body meetings for different organizations are little things that you can do to find your happy place. UConn is a diverse and open community that has a place for everyone. I am proud to say Husky Hungama is my happy place.