Jacob Rychlicki is a Freshman at Roberts Wesleyan College and is studying Physical Education. His hobbies include fishing, hanging out with his buddies, and working out. New in his faith journey, Jacob is a Christian and attends Grace Road Church. Jacob has grown up in Caledonia, NY for his whole life and wouldn’t change it for the world.
While in quarantine, I can’t help but to think what a wonderful life Roberts Wesleyan College has given me. I grew up in Caledonia, a small town of 2,000 people and plenty of farms, but also just 20 minutes away from the place I now study Physical Education at. I wasn’t even supposed to come here, having my heart set on Houghton College for a majority of High School.
I believe fully that it was God’s doing that I landed here, and being a RA and First Year Seminar Mentor next year gives me the urge to write about how my Freshman year went and share that to any who want to read about it. So if you’re a freshman or a prospective student, take what you want from this. If you’re a current Roberts student or graduate, enjoy what you want from this.
I came into college fresh off a finger surgery caused by a tubing accident, so it was both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because my parents and RAs brought all my stuff up for me, but a curse because of the constant doctor and PT appointments. Once all settled in, my floormates and I went to the variety show put on by the Student Life team put on. The idea of it sounded awful because stuff like that in high school either never happened or it was a flop, but this and the scavenger hunt the next day is where I met and formed a group of friends that I am truly blessed with. On a cute note, two good buddies met the night of the scavenger hunt and now are dating each other. So with that being said, don’t stay in your dorm room because you think it’s lame, because you are missing out on some fellowship that is unmatched.
So I started college, and at that time I was set on music education to be my major. Music had been, and still is, the one thing in my life that is constant, right under God being the main focus. I slowly began to reach a crossroads in my college life, something I didn’t think could happen. My grades in my music classes began slipping, and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t bring them up. I then began to talk with my advisors and they were so understanding of the things that were happening, and they were so supportive of my final decision to change my major. Although I am a Physical Education major, I still am in chorale, taking voice lessons, and loving every moment of it. So don’t be afraid to change your major if you don’t think it’s going to work out.
Get out of your comfort zone, find your solace, and take time for yourself whenever you need it, because your mental health is important.Jacob Rychlicki
The last thing I wanted to touch on is to really take advantage of the opportunities this college has to offer. If you told my ninth grade self that I would become a RA, student mentor, physical education major, and frisbee player, all while being nicknamed “licki”, I wouldn’t even take you seriously. This college has something for everybody, and I truly mean that. Get out of your comfort zone, find your solace, and take time for yourself whenever you need it, because your mental health is important.