My name is Brian Lombardi, and I am a sophomore at Fitchburg State University. I’m majoring in English Studies with a concentration in Professional Writing. That wasn’t quite the attention grabbing start, but at least I’m not a complete stranger anymore. I transferred to Fitchburg in the fall from North Shore Community College. I chose community college right out of high school, and told everyone the objective was to save money, but to be honest it was essentially my unfortunate harboring of laziness.
Going to classes at North Shore felt empty, and the campus was filled with little more than passing people, none too amiable or eager for friendship. I was just an average guy moving between plot points. My heart wasn’t in it, and I wondered if it was because I didn’t have the full college experience. I finally nerved up and decided to reach out to a university that could give me the experience I yearned for.
I had visited Fitchburg a few times, and the application didn’t spike my stress levels, so I applied—and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
I keep mentioning the experience. It’s not that I have no better synonyms, but rather that it’s the only word that can properly describe it. There’s something undeniably charming about clambering out of bed and heading to class with toast in your mouth or sitting with your friends over cereal and coffee in the dining hall. The problem wasn’t commuting; it was the fact that the people from my old school were all there just to get by. At Fitchburg there’s ambition, and the people are looking for some excitement rather than just the end of the day. When there are sociable people around, it alleviates the pressure of classes and the anxieties of everyday life.
At my old school I was just an average guy. It’s difficult to be average—to fall under a category that seemingly has no individuality to it. It was a plight that I wanted to overcome, and I know most people want to be fairly normal, but not one person will ever say,
“Man, I really want to be average today.”
I was nervous because I was in this place that I didn’t care for, but I came to Fitchburg, and I realized that nobody here was merely average.Each person has their agendas, the things they enjoy, or the way they go about their lives. The only commonality is that they’re all here because they want to be. Ever since I’ve come here, I no longer feel like a standard-issue human being straight out of the factory. Fitchburg gave me the opportunity to pursue something I enjoy, and there’s nothing average about that.
I will be helping blog for Fitchburg in the future, and can hopefully give you my perspective on the school. If you are interested in applying you can always do so below.
How do you feel about Fitchburg State? Please comment and give your opinions, or make fun of me—I’ll take anything you’ve got!