The Jerusalem Post reports: NEW YORK – Although her new dorm is only a half an hour ride away from her family’s home, for 18-year-old Stacy Vaknin, going away to college is quite life-changing.
Apart from being on her own, studying public relations communications and having to find her way through a large campus, Vaknin is also going to encounter non-Jewish students for the very first time.
“I went from an Orthodox very religious school to more of a reform school but still in the Jewish community,” she told The Jerusalem Post as she was packing, a few hours before moving into her dorm room at Pace University in midtown Manhattan.
“So I’m still scared about making my own new friends and stepping outside the Jewish community because it’s not something I’m used to.”
“I’ve never really made non-Jewish friends, so it’s going to be a like a whole new world for me,” she explained.
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