Five Facts About My New College Life
1. Sleeping patterns change…and then they don’t.
So ever since second semester senior year, my sleeping pattern has been quite altered. To say the least. I’ve never been a nap person, but for months it has been almost impossible for me to sleep through an entire night. Typically a night is broken up in two or three rounds of sleep, each separated by a period of time where I would suddenly have a burst of energy and do something “productive.” And by productive, I mean I’d either change my bed sheets, watch the latest episode of Pretty Little Liars and/or The Lying Game (shut up. You know you watch them, too.), or organize my shoe collection. Nights are always interesting, more or less.
So as I was mentally preparing for college, I decided this would change. I would go to bed at a decent time and sleep the full night. I didn’t see it as something I’d have to force myself to do; having a roommate and suitemates would push me to adopt more typical nighttime habits. It’s only out of consideration—and I tend to be a very accommodating person.
Not so, apparently.
I mean, I still consider myself a considerate person. It’s just that dorm life and having suitemates is all about altering habits but also just as much (if not more) of just dealing and working around it all. We’re all on different schedules, in different social clubs/associations and have different partying habits.
So as far as my sleeping pattern goes, tonight would probably mark the billionth time my roommate walked in on me taking one of my infamous naps on the futon. It’s a running joke though. I make up for all of this with bribes of Nutella.
2. There will always be distractions.
In high school, I don’t know about you, but when I went home on school nights, I stayed home. There was always more than enough homework to keep me occupied. However, since I’m only in class about 13 hours a week and “homework” is more like just keeping up with reading and the occasional problem set, nights are a bit more flexible.
And flexible they are.
Especially if you are involved in Amnesty International, which holds its meetings later at night in a cozy, somewhat messy basement room. I mean, its intense, because there’s only like fifteen of us around a big table furiously copying letters and planning the next big campaign.
And also especially if your dorm-mates are musical. And if your walls and ceilings are paper thin. Then there’s always an excuse to play a scavenger hunt for the cello/guitar/drum/viola player in the vicinity.
And even more especially if your dorm is co-ed. I hardly think it is necessary to explain further.
3. Four classes first semester is more than enough.
I mean now I really understand why there’s the saying, “Friends don’t let friends take five classes first semester freshman year.” There is so much reading. Like, so much. But I’m starting to realize and understand better—your education is what you make of it. I want to start taking as much advantage of the opportunities and resources here. Starting classes, starting college—I feel that much more driven. I hope it lasts.
4. The food is actually pretty good here.
Scratch that. The food is amazing here. Many options (I get to have a salad with every meal!) and there is always dessert. Which does not fare well with this whole Freshman 15 business. Brownies? Red velvet cake? Tres leches? (seriously I almost died when I saw they were serving tres leches cake one night. How decadent can a dining hall be?)
And my school has a pretty cool lunch swipe alternative. Because, sometimes with classes it is impossible to fit in lunch during the lunch hours. So, students have the option to go to this nearby, on-campus food/convenience store. And, using our lunch swipes, we can get $7 worth of food/stuff.
My go-to meal: Sabra Hummus Single, Steaz sparkling green tea in raspberry (organic. fair trade. vegan. Need I say more?) and a Cliff bar (preferably in coconut chocolate chip). That is only 25 cents over the $7 allowance. And since our lunch swipes don't roll over or anything...it's totally worth it.
5. The independence is amazing.
Granted I miss home like any other typical college student. But in a way, I feel the independence has helped me make healthier choices and really just be me. It’s hard to explain.
The next four years will be good.
More later, MD