Sunday, August 25, 2013

College | Initial Impressions

As of the time I'm writing this, I've been at college for 10 days. Thus far, it has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I could go on and on and on about it, but that would probably bore everyone so I'll stick with a summary.

I moved in a day earlier than most other dorms on campus because I live in the Honors Quad and the honors program was hosting an event, CORE, for students to get to know each other and the campus better. CORE was the best decision I've made here so far because I met so many new people and made so many new friends just in one day. Most of them live on my hall which is nice because then it's easy to, say, all crowd into someone's dorm room with pillows and junk food and watch Pitch Perfect. Living in the Quad is one of my favourite things here so far. I love living on a hall for the close community aspect, and the Quad is like its own little village of people that care about academics and are dedicated to learning.

Classes started on Wednesday, which meant we had 6 days of doing whatever we wanted. The university hosted many, many events involving free food and other goodies, so we (my hallmates and I) went to most of those. It also gave us plenty of time to get to know other people on campus. I discovered, to my great pleasure and not-really-surprise, that the majority of the people in my hall are massive Harry Potter nerds with quite a few Sherlockians and Whovians mixed in (as well as another girl who watches Buffy and a fellow Richard Armitage fan - best hall ever).

As much fun as the past week had been, I was ready to start classes when Wednesday came around. I'm taking 6 this semester: German II, Nutrition, FYC, Intro to Shakespeare, Metamorphosis & Metaphor, and soil science. I was happy with all of my classes except for soil science, but even that one doesn't seem too bad as he's not giving us a final. The first words out of my German professor's mouth on the first day of class were, in German, telling us that most of the class would be conducted in German - exciting yet terrifying for my first class of the year. But it's actually really fun so it's working out well so far. All my other professors are nice/normal as well, except my Shakespeare professor who is a little nutty and rather sarcastic, but not entirely in a bad way ("interesting" is the best word to describe him).

As far as living on my own and being independent: I love it. I never minded living at home and my parents and I got along really well, but over the past calendar year I'd been really ready to live on my own. I've always been a bit more of an independent person - I've never in my life gotten homesick - so I knew I would enjoy moving out, but so far it's been even better than I imagined. I haven't done anything really differently than when I lived at home, but it's more of the thought that I'm completely in charge of my own actions and happenings that makes it so exciting.

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