Well kiddos, (I’ve always wanted to say that.) the summer has ended. Finals are over, and the new school year is about to begin. I always love the start of the school year. New classes, new people, and a totally new hectic schedule. Have I mentioned I thrive on stress?
Since today is the one year anniversary of my move down to West Plains, and tomorrow is my one year of working and taking classes here, AND my roommate moves back in today, (I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE HER FACE!) I’m going to hop down memory lane to my first few weeks of college. I had a wedding to attend on move-in day, so they let me move in Sunday. My parents and two best friends came to help me unpack, and I met my roommate. She is a poster child for not judging a book by its cover. She was in track shorts, a t-shirt, and running shoes. As soon as I saw her, I resigned myself to the fact she was going to take 6 a.m. runs and be all healthy and active. Turns out she is like none of those. She’s healthy, don’t get me wrong, but she also loves to eat! I do too, so it was like a match made in heaven. Anyway, I had NO idea how to navigate West Plains. It took like 20 minutes to find food because none of us had a clue. But we got there, and ate, and it was delicious. So. The intersession had just started and my roommate knew campus, so she showed me around so I didn’t get too terribly lost going to classes and work, which I am eternally thankful for. We did the intersession, and then the real classes started. I was sooooooo nervous! Besides the 2 hour intersession, I had 15 more credit hours and they were all over campus, and I was starting work that week and it was crazy. Once I stopped freaking out, it was fine.
I’m telling you this story to show you that EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY. It’s okay to be worried or nervous or scared. I showed up to my very first IDS intersession class 20 minutes early. AND! I wasn’t the only one. There were other nervous freshman who were there that early or earlier!
This year, I am so much more relaxed about it all. I know what I like, and I know how to go about things. I know that 8 a.m. classes are not for me. (Unless you like getting up at 7:30, don’t do it. I went, “Well, high school started at 8, I can do a class then!” No, no I couldn’t.) I know that I don’t like more than one night class. I learned that online classes are WONDERFUL. Through trial and error, I found out what I like. And you will too!
College is terrifying at first, but it gets easier. You start to understand what to do and why you’re doing it and how to do it the most efficient way. After that first week of classes, you’ll be a pro.
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