I am writing this from my dorm, and the bed is comfortable and the food has been mediocre, and the people have been mostly kind. The first week of college has been very strange, since I had no idea whatsoever what to expect. There aren't an indefinite amount of romcoms, teen novels, and TV shows about the ups and downs of college, and if there are they are extremely limited in capturing every unique facet of college life. So for those of you getting ready to head off to college, here's the low down on my unfiltered, 100% true, first week of college.
The classes have been pretty much exactly like my AP classes in high school, except much shorter. Only 50 minutes, instead of an hour and a half. You have the option to take three hour classes, but it isn't super common. I'm only taking three right now, so i have an absurd amount of free time. That above all has been the most surprising thing about college. I'm not a big party person, and even if I was I don't even know how I would get in to attending any. Its like an underground system of invites, and if you know a guy who knows another guy, than maybe you could find your way to a party. This can be a good thing, since college life has been very quiet and simple, but it does make the afternoons very boring.
No clubs have started up yet, so I don't even have that as an escape for something to do. I've mostly been spending my time with people in my dorm that I met at random, they're all nice and funny and we sit around and don't really do much. I haven't been missing home terribly, or any of my old friends, but I do miss the sense of comfort of having someone you could call up to hang out, and not feel weird or burdensome when you're doing that. I sometimes feel like that with my new friends, like I'm the only one asking to tag along to dinner, or whatever group outing they have planned, but its not a crippling feeling or anything like that.
Making friends is interesting, because my dorms feel really isolated. I'm on the first floor, and I hardly ever see anybody. I mostly stay on a different floor where there's always people coming and going and the RAs are really friendly and involved. People don't really talk in classes either, so I think the best bet for meeting new people is to go out and do stuff, attend events and join clubs. I met the most people the night I went to the diving pool with some of my friends, and sat around watching boys do back flips of the high dive.
It hasn't been the best week of my life. It feels like any other week in any other place. But I've got four more years ahead of me, so there's really no telling what'll happen. But it is certain that college is what you make of it, and if you choose to sit in your dorm and speak to no one, you'll deal with the consequences of never branching out. But at the same time, don't get down on yourself for staying in, as long as you're happy, and you're living your best life, thats what really matters.
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