Prior to coming to Franklin and Marshall I was sold on the idea that this campus would offer a welcoming community and rigorous academics that would challenge my thinking and perception of the world. However, upon arrival I noticed that the school's atmosphere was fairly unwelcoming. Different races stayed to themselves and the community advertised in pamphlets and info-sessions did not mirror the reality. I tried stepping out of my comfort zone by reaching out to other people. I tried to create the community I wanted to see, but nothing worked. Luckily enough, I was given some great professors my first semester. They were kind and understanding, but I felt as though I wasn't learning much in class. The academic rigor seemed to come solely through the compounding of assignments given at one time, not in the form of intellectual challenges that allow students to develop critical thinking skills.