Chris Liston, '15, (third from right, back row) is pledging to the Phi Delta Theta fraternity at Sonoma State University with his friends pictured here, who performed at a halftime show for a girls' football game.

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Chris Liston enjoys geology, intramural soccer at Sonoma State, but college town disappoints

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