Colleges and Universities
1. Remember those piano lessons I’ve always wanted since I was five years old, mom?
I’m only a decade or so late, but now have friends in college teach me how to play! I try and practice every day.. and sometimes even multiple times a day.. And you know you have some sort of OCD when you start moving your fingers to imaginary keys randomly throughout the day. Is there a name for this compulsion??
2. I never have to do anything alone.
Whether I want to eat food or go work out or just sit and talk, I always have someone there with me. My roommates like to take showers around the same time as me so we don’t have to be alone in the showers in case a fire alarm rings and we have to run out. So, there is always someone there that enjoys the same things as you do, and will gladly join you in any/all the activities. It’s great to have someone there by your side. I never ever feel lonely!
3. I have time to get to know people on a deeper level.
There are just so many people to meet and get to know! It’s like a never-ending mission, but oh, it’s just a wonderful feeling to connect with someone and have someone who understands you, your values and philosophy, your problems, and your feelings. It not only helps you find peace and happiness, but it nurtures you to a better understanding of yourself and your environment. Sometimes it takes time to see the incredible person and to peel the layers off a person and find a way to their heart and spread your love to them, so here’s your chance!
4. People come knocking on my door looking for me.
I feel so loved. They can confide in me and would do anything for me as I would for them. This can only happen in college.
5. College dorms start to resemble a kind of home.
This came a few weeks into first quarter, but towards the end of the move-in process, I took a step back and realized my new, previously empty dorm room is starting to resemble the makings of a home, and I love it. The entire college dorming experience is like creating a new family. There are fights and gossips/rumours, there are drama-filled episodes, but everyone is family, and we all love each other.
As a college student, you realize the importance of your dorm keys and phone very early in the year. The one day you forget your dorm room keys and your phone somewhere, everything in the universe will go wrong! And you will be sleeping very alone from 2am to however long it takes for one of your roommates to wake up in the morning.
And if you’re anything like me, you don’t want to bang on your door to wake up your roommates at 2am just to let you back in, but you really want to sleep on a nice warm bed… So…you’ll go to a hall mates room and bang on their door to wake them up at 2am, but then you’ll leave an hour later because you don’t want to be a burden.
And then, you’ll walk up and down the hall feeling like the victim of a horror movie until you’ll finally suck it up and just sleep outside your door with one arm in your jacket and the other is on your face to protect you from the bright light in the hall. You wrap your scarf three times around your feet to keep yourself warm, and you pray this won’t last too long. By 6am, your roommate comes out thinking, “What the …?” and all you want to do really is jump under the covers of your bed and sleep all day.
Nothing could make you more thankful for a bed that keeps you warm and lets you dream than a night as a homeless dorm-less college student.
On my first weekend back home, I felt so strange. It was almost as if home was not home anymore. I only came for two days and then I left again. It seemed like a temporary living situation. This is my second weekend home, so I don’t feel so strange coming back home, but the feeling of strangeness is still there. The night before move-in day, I cried and cried and cried. I had gone to a summer college program for a month in the east coast over summer and I didn’t shed a tear, but this time, leaving home seems more permanent.
I am grateful to have two wonderful roommates, and though it is very crowded in our dorm, we are making the most of the circumstances and I love them both. They are super sweet and caring and considerate. I liked that we got a few days to settle in and get to know the people around us before classes officially started because it was during this time that I most initiated conversation with people I usually may not associate with, and I am very glad I did. I have met so many people in these past 13 days that it is unbelievably hard to remember each person’s name and associate each face with the correct name. Hopefully they all forgive me… and have patience with me. I will get it right eventually!
I have been trying to get to know my professors beyond the classroom, but I am also realizing how difficult it is to make the effort to go to office hours and go above and beyond the “minimum” criteria of getting work done. I am working hard to get to know my professors by meeting them outside of classes and attending classes and office hours. I don’t want to leave college knowing nothing about my professors apart from what is told within the confines of the classroom. I want a deeper, more intellectual understanding of my professors, what they do, how they do what they do, why they do what they do, and how/why anyone should care. I want to learn the insights that only professors can give and I want to learn the story behind every great professor and eventually, I want to learn/work under these great professors and get a hands-on feel for what they do/how they do experiments/research, etc.
College life has given me the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and socialize more than I am accustomed to do, and though this freedom is somewhat overwhelming, it is also very exciting. I am able to meet friends at any time of the day all throughout the day, and I can really get to know and understand some of these people and forge deep relationships with all my friends, roommates, hall mates, professors, etc. I have so much to learn and so many new people to meet and so much to do in my college years. It excites me and it also scares me, but I am ready for whatever comes my way. I am ready for the entire college experience. The good, the bad, the opportunities.. everything! And I don’t want to miss a thing!