Find out what the members of the class of 2015 are up to in their first year of college. A college freshman is featured in the Freshman Focus every Friday.  

Chris Liston, ‘15, attends Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, Calif. He is majoring in business.

Q: What classes are you taking?

A: English 101, Business 211, Econ 204, Geology 102. Geology is definitely my favorite because it’s an intriguing topic and it is one of my easier classes.

Q: How’s your dorm? Sonoma State’s dorms were rated 12th in the nation by The Princeton Review.

A: It’s pretty cool. I live in a suite that has a living room, kitchen and four bedrooms. The kitchen has a fridge, oven and pantry. It’s like living in a house. I have one roommate and four other suitemates.

Q: How’s the food?

A: The cafeteria isn’t that bad. They have the usual pizza and burgers every day. But they also rotate certain foods like steak, tacos and Mongolian barbecue.

Q: Are you participating in any extracurricular activities?

A: I’m pledging to a fraternity right now. It’s called Phi Delta Theta. I’ve done volunteering with the fraternity that included cleaning up a park and helping at a Veterans Day service event.

Q: Are you playing any sports?

A: I play intramural soccer recreationally. It’s five players per team and is played on a hard surface. It’s similar to futsal (a modified form of soccer played with five players per side on a smaller, typically indoor field.) But it’s played with a lighter, softer ball that moves really fast.

Q: What’s Rohnert Park like?

A: It isn’t a college town at all and could be better. Everything we need is here, like restaurants. But it’s bad for partying. The city doesn’t allow fraternity or sorority chapter houses.

Q: How are you adjusting to the campus?

A: Pretty well. I know where everything is located. It isn’t a huge campus; it takes 20 minutes to get across. It has a nice free gym that I go to every day.

Q: Erik Morfin-Ruiz ,‘15, attends Sonoma State with you. Do you still talk to each other?

A: Yes. We still maintain a strong relationship. I see him nearly every day. I’m actually about to go see him in an hour.  

Q: What has surprised you about Sonoma State?

A: There isn’t a lot to do besides Greek life.

Q: What makes it special?

A: Everybody here is very welcoming. You can walk up to and greet everyone. I know most of my dorm neighbors because of its size. It has the feeling of a really close community.

Q: Any advice for the class of 2016?

A: Learn how to manage your time. College isn’t like high school at all. You have so much more time to procrastinate. I find myself putting off a paper that will be due in three days. Then the night before I’ll be rushing. It’s a bad habit.

Don’t forget MLA format; it’s important. And make sure you know how to use Excel too. I was very confused when I first started using it here.

—By Adam Dean

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