- Daniela x
After 11 years of my stay in my Alma Mater, it was time to then move on to a much different environment even if it was just to the left of said Alma Mater. College. It’s definitely a whole different level compared to high school. The thought of being surrounded by new faces and the intense workload college has yet to offer already had me shaking with anxiety even during the confirmation stage prior the class enlistment. My mind was flooded with questions and I always asked my friends who were going to the same university as I to accompany me in submitting my records because I was embarrassingly afraid of getting lost.
Before the actual first day of classes, we had the Freshmen Orientation Seminar and I guess I was relatively glad I rode the school bus back in my grade school and high school days because I knew where the venue was. I was walking with my blockmate and our other dorm mates and we all looked like a bunch of kids ready to go and have fun at summer camp. As we approached the covered courts, loud party music was playing and the upperclassmen were all jumping and dancing and cheering. It was pretty overwhelming seeing so many unfamiliar faces. We had to squeeze through the crowd and constantly ask different upperclassmen where our block was. We eventually found the block and we got settled while constantly eyeing and taking in everything that was happening. My friend and I kept repeating to each other, "I can't believe we're finally here." The two-day orientation seminar gave us one hell of a welcome to our new home. We ran around the campus, plotting our game plans for the upcoming first academic day so we know where to run after every class, we had various talks with different profs and deans explaining to us what we should expect and what is expected of us during our four/five year stay, and we danced a lot (well, mostly the upperclassmen. The freshmen just watched.) whenever we'd transfer venues for talks or group dynamics, the upperclassmen were gathered by the exits cheering "WOOOH GO FRESHIES!!!" or sometimes they even cheer out your name since they provided each of us with really big name tag. I'm not a big fan of this making new friends thing so I kept following my dorm mate blockmate around and befriending whoever she befriends because I was too shy to approach my blockmates by myself.
On the first actual academic day, (which was the following Monday right after the two day welcoming party which got me sick, by the way) I did not know what to expect. I texted one of my best friends and asked where her first class was and it was in the same building as mine. When I got to my assigned room, I saw two of my blockmates and it made me sigh in relief knowing that I wasn't alone in a room of new people. Just as I was settling down in class, the door opened and said best friend came in! Of course, I was happier and excited because oh wow I'm EnLit blockmates with one of my best friends yay! We then exchanged schedules and it turns out we're blockmates in 3/6 of our class. So yeah that was pretty rad.
Adjusting to the college atmosphere is not as hard since my high school prepared me well for the workload college would drop on my shoulders. Occasionally, I'd cry and panic and stress out over all the requirements and workload given in a short span of time, but that's just me not knowing how to deal with stress very well- something I should learn eventually. My first day of college was full of curiosity, intimidation, and a little getting used to everything. Eventually, I got a little more comfortable with my new surroundings and I'm enjoying my new school. Besides, this IS my dream school.
- Daniela x
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