Finding Tatum’s Purpose: Settling In

By Tatum Sorrelman

Tatum sitting on a bench on campus

College has been so different than anything I am used to. It is so strange for me to not be in school all day long. I am still adjusting to the schedule, but I love my classes. I think that it is so cool to be able to work on subjects that I am actually interested in. It is mind blowing to me that I am working toward my career. The homework load actually isn’t too bad for me. I am so used to having tons of homework in high school that this is manageable for me. I have actually been able to get ahead in some of my classes!

I am still getting used to being on my own. It is strange for me to have lived in the same room as my sister for 16 years and now to not be in that room anymore. It is also weird to be so focused on myself. I am the oldest in my family and I am so used to caring for everyone around me. Now that I am on my own, I have so much time to focus on my future and my life separate from my family. That is something that is hard for me to do. I do still miss my family, but it is nowhere near as bad as it was during the first week of school.

I have started to settle into a routine, and for me, that helps tremendously. I really am enjoying life on campus. Although at times it is difficult and I cry, I know that this is where I belong. I am making so many new friends and I am growing closer to God too. It is crazy to me how much time has already gone by. It is crazy to think that in a few short months, I will already be done with my first semester of college!

Want to be a part of my GCU journey? Be sure to keep up with me here to learn all about my experiences on campus.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University. Any sources cited were accurate as of the publish date.

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