Category Archives: Social Life
These posts are about my personal experiences with social activities, hangouts, study groups, and the like.
It’s over, but it was great. I helped my dad clean the house. I hung out with friends. I saw my mom. I brought my roommate to my hometown and showed her around for three days. We had many adventures, much music, good food, good times, and many laughs. Now I’m back in Scranton, ready to figure more things out and get back in the swing of things.
It wasn’t a break in the traditional sense, I didn’t have much time to just be alone and recharge and veg out, but I had a break from the worries of class. I asked one of my professors for an extension on a project that had been bothering me for weeks, and he okayed it, so my time felt more like my time.
Tonight, Ire and I got back to town, watched Spotlight in theaters and came home to a house full of drunk teenagers from all around PA. We thought we had missed Parade Day and all of the chaos it brings, but I’m glad we got to be around reckless youth for a few hours. We met our neighbor who came over and talked with us about biking and his childhood home, and we met a complete stranger who was lost (I managed to reconnect him with his people and get him home) and debated politics for hours. We jammed on guitar and shared our love of languages and renewable energy. I am happy!
I’m pretty damn excited! I met with the director of the Social Work program today who handled the paperwork and double checked the classes I signed up for next semester – they’re all good, so I’m on track. That means I can graduate in another 4 years with a master’s degree, how cool is that? The time will fly by, and I only have two more semesters of gen eds before it’s all social work, all the time. Hopefully more cool stuff to come!
Well, it’s over! My first semester in college! I’m typing this from a 50 degree room in my dad’s house anxiously awaiting grades to come out (in a few minutes/hours)! I’m trying to enjoy Love Actually, but I’m not finding it all that interesting. If we’re talking feel good girl movies, I’d much rather go with Eat, Pray, Love. There’s no shame in admitting that. Okay, maybe a little.
Considering that I can’t really type because my fingers are frozen blocks of ice, I suppose I’ll be updating you later tonight once I pick up my brother from his flight back from Japan!
Wow, I thought I’d have time to do stuff! Boy, was I wrong. The only reason this is getting typed right now is because I left my English book in my friend’s dorm and can’t do my homework in it. It’s also 1:30am. I barely have any time to do ANYTHING. That includes watching my favorite beauty gurus on YouTube, painting my nails, shopping, listening to music, cleaning, going on facebook, and definitely not posting on a blog that no one reads.
Quite a lot has happened since I got here, including a fight between my roommates and I (yes, already!), coming home at 1am and not having anyone look at you strangely, took my first few college quizzes, wrote a few papers, read A LOT, broke A LOT of stuff, smoked A LOT of cigarettes, and still haven’t gone to bed before 1am ever.
It’s SO DIFFICULT living with 3 other girls. We all came from very different places and backgrounds, so we have a lot to learn from each other and we all have our own problems to deal with. I wish that I could just be acquaintances with my roommates, and that sounds awful, but it would be better than where we are now: I’m shy, and they’re condescending. J suggested that I complete roommate mediationx (a fancy term for arguing it out with your roommates with the RA there), but I’m just not comfortable doing that just yet. I don’t want to room with them anymore, but as long as I make my own friends it won’t be that bad, right?
Unfortunately, since I don’t have a major, I don’t really have that many good friends yet. I made friends with a lovely girl named Aria who lives in the quad right next to us with a girl named Polina, but I don’t want to be solely in her room and overwhelm her or seem like I’m clingy. I can go to Jess’s, but she’s all the way in Madonna and I don’t always want to walk all the way down there when I need to talk to her face to face (as much as I love her to death).
Well, that’s it for now because I have a lot of stuff to do like sleep and never wake up again. That would be heavenly. As it is, I’m only going to get 6 hours of sleep.
Orientation is over. It’s taken me quite a few days to even think about posting a recap – I’ve been telling the story to so many people! My orientation lasted two days, July 12 and 13. I’ll divide my recap into two days to make it easier to think about.
Friday, July 12, 2013
I woke up at 6:30 in my comfortable bed. This morning was the first morning all summer that I had woken up before 11am. I was not a happy camper. It took me about an hour to get ready and double check that I had everything with me, and then I set off on the hour and fifteen minute drive to Marywood. When I got there, I had to check in. I got a lanyard with my nametag and photo ID slip in it and a drawstring backpack with a bunch of goodies. Since I got there at 9am and registration ended at 10:45, I had another hour to kill. So I walked around and talked to some kids. I also waived my insurance – an option my school offers because every student must have health insurance. We all trekked over to the Performing Arts Center (similar to an auditorium) and crammed in all the students, parents, faculty, and orientation leaders. The President of the University (who just happens to be a nun) spoke to us about being fabulous students and finding our way in the world.
We then gathered into small groups. This was kind of to force us to meet new people and become acquaintances with them. We had to play terrifyingly awkward games and engage in “group activities”. I warn you all – think of a creative adjective for yourself that begins with the same first letter as your name, and find a motion to go along with it just for good measure. Then there was lunch. It was kind of intense trying to figure out who to eat lunch with, but I managed by just plopping down at a table full of kids and starting a conversation. There was then a presentation on the different academic services offered at the college, like Diversity Efforts and Disability Services. An hour and a half of “free time” followed. There were scheduled sessions that we could go to that covered topics like Leadership and Athletics and Study Abroad. After that, we all marched over to our second small group meeting where we endured more embarrassing games. Dinner followed.
The real terror happened next. The… duh duh duh… Student Life Theater Presentations. These were god awful. The students put work into them, but I still think that they weren’t the best, were somewhat overdone, and were a bit too crude for the visiting parents. They were skits based off of popular TV shows or movies that surrounded topics like calling campus safety if you want someone to walk you home, binge drinking, deceiving the RA’s, and rape. I sat next to some friends I had made. There was another small group meeting. Then, the evening entertainment began. It was this old guy named Dave Binder who sang songs about all the sex you’ll have in college and that there should be some sort of college island that you all have to swim to.
After all of that, it was time for bed. I ended up hitting the sack around midnight, but I know a bunch of other people were in bed much later than me.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Not much happened on Saturday. I was up at 7:15 to shower and move all of my stuff out of the dorm. I chose to eat breakfast before shuffling everything out into my waiting car. I was getting a bit sick of walking around with my knee brace on, so I ended up leaving early – but not before saying goodbye to my new friends!
If you’re reading my blog, then you’ve resorted to the internet to learn more about the college process. I myself do the same, often spending hours watching “Morning Routine – College Edition” and “First Week of College Vlog” YouTube videos. One more way that the internet has helped me with the college process is the “Class of 2017” facebook page! Every year, the orientation leaders create the page to group together the incoming class. Everyone posts an “introduction” where they say their name, hometown, major, and a few basics like favorite color, favorite drink, if you’ve ever shared a room before, if you party, drink, or smoke. Since Marywood is a Catholic university, you also have the option of posting your religion.
I honestly think that pages like these are a great way to interact and make friends even before orientation happens – plus, if you have to miss orientation, you’ll still find ways to meet people! For instance, one girl posted “Anyone here going to Warped Tour this summer?” and there are a group of about 5 kids who are all going to the same date. My orientation is July 12 and 13, and the Scranton Warped date is the 16, so we’ll have already met each other and will be able to hang out all day!
If there is no group for your school on facebook, consider creating one yourself! You don’t have to be affiliated with the school, you can just create the group.
Today I felt what it feels like to be able to do what you want. It was only for about 6 hours, but I enjoyed it immensely. I went to see a horror movie with about 5 friends, and then spontaneously went to hang out a *gasp* boy’s house (which I never do, usually because my parents won’t let me – this time I just didn’t tell them). It was so freeing, and makes me so much more excited to go off to college in the fall. Today was the last Friday I’ll ever have in high school. It’s at that point now when friends’ writings in your yearbook make you cry because you realize that you’ll be living hours away from them in the fall and will only see them during breaks and over the summer. I know that I’ll make new friends in college, but the ones I’ve had for four years have to count for something, don’t they?