Going to classes on campus, it is very easy to lose yourself in all of the commotion that is happening all around you; many students posted that they felt lost or overwhelmed starting college and I find it to be completely possible. Especially as far as Arizona State is concerned, the campus is so large and overwhelming that with so many people and so many things happening, it is very easy to feel like everyone is only looking out for themselves, which is pretty accurate. When I began classes, I was lucky to be at the west campus where everything was a little bit smaller compared to Tempe, but starting new means establishing new boundaries and learning new ways of doing things to become habit. To feel an emotional connection with a leader is sort of lost in the grand scheme, to which you have to take a large community (or campus) and find smaller groups within.
I was able to do so by living at the dorms- it is much easier to make close friends and make those sorts of connections when you need to rely on each other a little more; I say this in the sense that, at the West campus, there are a lot of students who commute and "do their own thing" as compared to students living on campus. However, when you are completely subjected to making those who live around you a family, then the emotional connections become stronger, and there is more of a sense of community within the individuals.