What can I tell you? Not where I go to college, obviously. I know some of you have asked, but I am afraid that as much as I like you there’s something to be said about privacy in this day and age and not getting murdered in a dark parking lot on campus. Although I’m sure a particularly ambitious and devious person could figure out where I go easily, I would like to discourage as many lazy and devious people as possible. So you will not be able to Google where I go. Sorry.
Still, college has not come without its fair share of surprises so far, and so I will share five with you for your Monday delight.
There is Less CorrallingThe K-12 experience generally involves getting herded with your peers to a particular place knowing that certain hallways, doors, and classrooms are forbidden. This is because you are children and children are for bossing around. And not that there isn’t bossing in college but there is considerably less than I am used to. So that’s a plus.
Food is EverywhereA water bottle is basically part of your standard college student uniform, if not coffee, if not snacks, if not a meal. It is fascinating how we have made food portable and accessible. And also no one cares. People care in high school—but in college, food is life.
Campus Can Be ScaryAnd what am I most scared of? Rapists? Pillagers? Murderers? No. I am most afraid of SKATEBOARDERS because their wheels make the sound of broken ankles, and my Achilles’ tendon seizes up as the sound of their clackity foot-death approaches on a daily basis. Maybe I will become roadkill. Maybe not. But I do not have complete confidence in the skateboarders on campus.
The Internet Betrays YouIt’s very hard to get an internet signal when I go out and about with my laptop. Which is fine. But I spend way more time playing the dinosaur game than actually getting work done. In other news, on Friday I got a new high score of 780. Stupid pterodactyls.
College is Still SchoolWhich is kind of obvious, but admissions and orientation basically exist to convince you that college is not just about school, but they are wrong. It is mostly about school. And there’s lots of work to be done, essays to be written, books to be read, speeches to be made in front of the class, and all that other stuff that comes with being education. It’s hard work. But I come home every day with more questions than answers, and that’s just the way I like it.
So that is adventures in college, two weeks in. There may be a day when the strength of education fails, but it is not this day. Mostly because today is Labor Day so I don’t actually have class. But whatever.