I woke up ridiculously early (after going to sleep at 3am, don’t ask) to get in the car and drive two hours to my uni.
I didn’t drive because I figured that driving on 3 hours of sleep would be a bad idea. We went over the “pass” and as soon as we were over it was sunny and beautiful.
The orientation was a 2 day program when in the end the only thing that was accomplished was getting my fall quarter classes. There were sessions for the parents and for the students. We went to neither. We sat in the Student Union building reading books. We went to the academic advising session with the head of the honors program and then we sat and read some more. My mom had me go to one session and it wasn’t horrible, it was just made for people that hadn’t done any research on where they were planning on living and taking classes from for 4 years. The other sessions looked like just people sitting in a circle asking questions about the uni. I just wanted to sign up for my classes and go home, but I couldn’t sign up for classes until the next day.
They fed us every 2-3 hours, though, which was nice, except the meals were all meat. I didn’t know they had any vegetarian options. I’m not one to ask about things. If I don’t see something I assume it doesn’t exist and take what they offer. So I had bread and cheese for lunch. Someone in front of me at dinner mentioned they were a vegetarian so I got the vegetarian option for dinner, which was a very tasty veggie sandwich.
We saw a wonderfully funny comedian whom we’d seen before open for our favorite comedian Brian Regan, Kermit Apio. We were both laughing the entire time and it was the perfect ending to the day. After running on 3 hours of sleep for the whole day (the one activity I did involved running around the entire Student Union building) I was ready for bed.
My room was on the 3rd floor and about 100 degrees. My mom got to stay in the nice dorm with air conditioning, and it was a suite. I could feel myself drying out as I slept. It was terribly dark in the room, along with being terribly hot. I was able to sleep, surprisingly. They gave the students the worst stuff. My mom had an air conditioned room with a bathroom and full kitchen and my bathroom was on the other side of the dorm, my pillow was lumpy, and the sheets felt gross. I was too tired to care too much though and fell asleep by 11.
When I woke up the next morning it was relatively cool. But as soon as I got back in the room after washing my face and all that fun stuff it was back to being hot. I was sitting in my room, not moving, and I was sweating. At least I won’t be living in the dorms during the summer!
So, my classes for fall quarter are ok. I have University 101, which is 1 credit, and they apparently are going to teach me how read the course catalog. I don’t think I could have signed up for my classes without being able to read it, so that’s a class I can sleep through. I have to take Math 101 because I didn’t take pre-calc in high school because I know that if I can add, subtract, multiply, and divide I will be good. But I still have to take it, so I will deal with it. I have two honors courses, and two pe classes which totals 18 credits, which is the maximum without being charged more. If we’re going to pay a crazy high amount for tuition you know I’m taking the maximum.
I drove home and slept 12 hours straight that night.
I know this sounds kind of negative, but I am really excited to start school. Both of my honors classes are taught by English professors so I will get to know them before I get into my major. I am nervous and scared. I know it’s just college and I know I’m going to enjoy it, but this is the first time I’m going to be living away from home and I’m going to have to make my dorm room my home. It’ll be interesting. It’ll be fun. I’m excited.