PBJMy name is Kate Engert and I am currently a sophomore here at the University at Albany and I love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. That is the truest statement I have ever written down in my entire life. Every day,  for 10 years growing up, I had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch. Every day! That probably sounds crazy but there’s so many ways to assemble a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  Any type of peanut butter and jelly would do, grape jelly, strawberry jelly, and even peanut butter all the way from creamy to extra chunky. I’m not even picky with the bread, white, wheat, a bagel, anything would be good enough to fill my peanut butter and jelly needs. It’s the perfect sandwich and I know it will always be my favorite sandwich. Maybe it’s because I personally don’t like change. I did however end up eating different sandwiches for lunch other than peanut butter and jelly eventually. But not all changes are as simple as choosing a different sandwich for lunch.

Coming to college I experienced a lot of changes in my life, some I expected and a lot I didn’t. For example, I already knew how to do my own laundry, which shockingly, not a lot of students did as freshman. There’s a lot of things that no one tells you to know how to do before coming to college, most stuff isn’t something anyone would prepare for in a normal situation and goes unnoticed. Things like food management, transportation, sharing a dorm room, and sharing a bathroom with people you aren’t related to. You also have to learn to act like an adult and learn how to talk to each other when something is wrong. You are now a bunch of kids living together with no adults to mediate. College is a big change and that’s what my blog is going to be about.

chrysalisThis blog is called Metamorphosis. Metamorphosis is the processes in which a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. During Metamorphosis the caterpillar goes through a lot of physical changes and finally once the processes is done becomes a butterfly.  We go off to college, most of us at the age of 18, although 18 is considered an adult, we are still children. Our minds are still developing and we don’t exactly know the right things to do yet. During our college careers we change so much and mature physically, mentally and emotionally. butterfly 1For a lot of students college is their first time being away from home and having all these responsibilities and it can be hard. A caterpillar works its whole life up to the moment it builds its cocoon and starts its transformation. Freshman year is our cocoon. Corny, I know; but it’s a beautiful way to think about all the changes we deal with, all the stress, all the hangovers and everything else, we know in the end we will be okay and break out of the cocoon into successful adults.

I hope that while reading you enjoy my experiences and it can help you either deal with yours or remind you of how you dealt with a similar situation. Whether it is getting a random roommate, gaining the freshman 15, or even picking a major, all these changes are what make the college experience and build us. If Metamorphosis helps anyone relate or deal with/to a situation I would be pretty satisfied. I would also like to let people know that in the future when I’m famous don’t be shocked if peanut butter and jelly sales go up.


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About the Author:

Kate EKate E. 
Class of 2018 
Major: Communication 
Minor: Journalism and Philosophy
Spring 2016 Blog Theme: Metamorphosis

Established in March 2015, Project MyStory is a community building effort to help students better acclimate to UAlbany and to work more effectively toward their goals. We began in UAlbany’s Academic Support Center (ASC), where you will see many of the posters featured above. We are now co-housed in ASC and in the Center for International Education and Global Strategy (CIEGS).

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