Kevin (bottom right) with a group of LIU freshmen.

My first day at Long Island University was exciting not only because it was the first day of my college career, but also because it was my birthday. I never celebrate my birthday in the morning, but I had to make an exception this year because I needed to move in quickly before classes started.

Moving into a dorm wasn’t easy emotionally.  At the beginning of the college process, my parents had wanted me to choose a school where I could still be living at home. I wanted to experience something new while attending a higher educational institution. Talking to them and convincing them was the hardest part of it all, but now I’m glad they support the decision I made to leave home.  Even so, it was difficult realizing how fast I was growing up and that living on my own would be a huge responsibility. No one will be there to wake me up, make sure I eat breakfast, or make sure I do my homework.

Meeting my roommate was something I was looking forward to.  Before actually seeing each other, we communicated through email.  And when we met in person I was relieved that there was still a great connection.  After all, this wa the person I would be sharing a room with for the next six months. We talked about the college process, our likes and dislikes.  

Transitioning from a high school mindset to a college mindset is a difficult process and, after six months, I’m still going through it. It definitely requires more time in studies and less time in things I like to do for fun. For example, I like to be fit and play soccer and basketball, but it’s difficult to do these things when you stay up late doing homework or studying for a test only to wake up early in the morning. After classes are done your body feels drained, and I want to take a nap. English and Math require a lot of time outside of the class. It all matters how well you can manage your time. I thought having a job would affect my studies, but I actually was able to do my coursework on the job. I worked in the weight room, which was a laid back job.  I would get up every 15-20 minutes to walk around and put things where they belong, and then I could go back to my studies.

In my first semester I took classes in five departments: English, Math, Economics, Psychology, and Post 101. I met a lot of people from all over the world who shared interesting and amazing stories with me. Although, some classes I found more difficult than others, such as Psychology.  I persevered, though, and continued with the class, improving my grade at the end of the semester. I’m really looking forward to starting my next semester because I challenged myself to take difficult courses.  Classes have also helped my discover what I’m interested in as a career.  I felt that declaring a major was a life changing decision, and it’s very difficult to know what you want to do for the rest of your life at the age of 17 or 18. But throughout the college process I got a chance to talk to people who work in a particular field. I feel like that was a huge help as I explored options.  So far, I have decided to major in finance and minor in fashion merchandising.  I want to seek in joining a business group next semester and be more active on campus.

Overall, my college experience as a freshmen has been overwhelming. From a financial point of view, it was a big decision for me and my parents, and every little amount counts.  This is why I want to give a big thank you to PlaySoccer2Give for the scholarship. It has helped me cover car expenses, and will help me cover other financial problems I may face during my college career. I also want to thank South Bronx United for making a scholarships available to me and my teammates.        


Kevin Anchundia graduated from the High School for Computers in Technology in 2015. He is a recipient of the SBU – PlaySoccer2Give scholarship, that honors one South Bronx United graduate who demonstrates the power of soccer to do good.