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Hello, Pace World! My name is Erin Schuessler and I’m a freshman on the NYC Campus majoring in Communication Studies. I’ll be writing columns, conducting interviews, and reporting on cool events.

A Whole New World

By Erin Schuessler ’21

Tractor engines roaring, calves mooing, and birds chirping—all noises I was accustomed to hearing every morning when I slipped on my boots and headed out the door to feed the calves before I went to school. The crisp, fresh Wisconsin air hit my nose and immediately woke up my sleepy senses.

Now, my wakeup call is just the opposite: horns honking in the street below, my alarm clock buzzing, and the excitement of all the new opportunities and experiences waiting in the day ahead are what currently start my morning. One could say that since moving to downtown Manhattan I’ve entered into “A Whole New World.” *cue Aladdin music*

Hello, Pace World! My name is Erin Schuessler and I’m a freshman here on the NYC Campus majoring in Communication Studies. I’ll be writing columns, conducting interviews, and reporting on cool events that I see around campus.

Now, you’re probably wondering, “Who is this Erin girl?” Well, for starters, I grew up on my family’s dairy farm in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, which is pretty close to Green Bay (Go Pack!), and two hours away from the largest city (Milwaukee)—just to give you some perspective.

All my life, I’ve grown up learning how to drive different types of farming machinery, how to treat and feed cows of all ages, and how to care for their general health and wellbeing. I grew up four-wheeling in the woods next to our house, going “mudding” with my little brother, snowboarding behind the four-wheeler in the winter with my big sister, jet skiing on Lake Michigan with my Dad, and completing daily calf chores with my Mom.

As you can imagine, the transition from small-town Wisconsin to one of the biggest cities in the world was quite the substantial one. However, I was involved in various sports such as gymnastics, tennis, and track all throughout high school, and that definitely helped. On top of that, I participated in every theater production, got involved in National Honors Society and Ignition, and signed up for every officer position in Key Club. I was always a busy girl, and being in a big city with something to do all the time feels natural to me.

I think that is part of the reason why my move here was far more exciting than nerve-racking, and it’s been nothing short of a blessing. The people here at Pace are so welcoming and loving, and the opportunities in NYC are beyond amazing.

For more about my experiences here at Pace, be sure to stay tuned to The Pulse, Pace’s weekly newsletter, as well as social media, where my work will be published. Thanks for reading!

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