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Some days have themes. I don't necessarily post something in each of these topic areas every week.

Sunday: Church-related or spiritual things.
Monday: Running.
Tuesday: Books.
Wednesday: Transportation.
Friday: Green living.

16 May 2011

College Life

As if I know anything about college life, eh? I'm busy being a strange non-trad! ;)

So, you may have read my cousin Amanda telling us the truth about college back in November. And I read an excellent article yesterday by Megan's sister, likewise comparing the myths of college with the reality. So now that I've spent a full school year on a major university campus (no disrespect intended to my community college that I loved, of course), I'm ready to step up and add my voice. Kinda.

It's funny that there is such a mystique about college. People go to them all the time. There are college graduates walking around everywhere. Nearly everyone I know has pursued some sort of higher education. We all know the realities of college life, and yet the mystery and fascination remain.

It's still exciting for me to walk around campus. I smile when the tower chimes. I giggle at the protesters doing their chant o' the day in the designated rally area. (I giggle because there are so many of them, with a new cause nearly every day, not because I don't think they're serious.) I get a thrill at each new assignment, which generally lasts until I sit down to actually work on said assignment.

College is an exciting time of life for most people. And even though I'm seeing things from a different perspective than most, I've found it's still exciting, albeit in a different way. My priorities have shifted and other things are important to me now, but the joy of being in a university is still there.

And that temporarily brings me to the end of blogging about college. I'm taking an internship over the summer, but that's it. I'll resume in August with more non-trad tales.

What do you think of first when you think about college? The parties? The classes? The friends?


mybabyjohn said...

When I think of college I think of the disastrous mess on campus when the kids leave for the summer. Toilet paper swaying from the trees, beer bottles all over the lawns, old wrecked furniture everywhere, garbage strewn across the parking lots....and this is the future hope of our country. I believe this kind of behaviour is indicative of peoples character. God help us!

Gina Blechman said...

I just concluded my first year of college, and the strange thing is I love college, but I still don't have that crazy connection that I was told college would bring. I'm taking extra classes to graduate in 3 years instead of 4, and I'm working on my manuscript or promotions or whatever when I'm not doing that, and I'm also straight edge and don't really have the money to get out much, so my college experience is mostly work based. But, at the same time, I know that I would never be able to have the opportunities I had anywhere else.

<3 Gina Blechman

Charlie's Church of Christ said...

my first class of my first day of my first semester: I walk in and I'm the only guy in a class of 20. I was like "I LOVE COLLEGE!" For the record though I never hit on any of them. College was fun, it was a big hassle, and unfortunately in retrospect I went to a disappointing college that had low standards for education.

Su said...

@mybabyjohn: Ugh. Yeah, that would be the ugly side of college. I can assure you that I don't participate in that sort of thing!

@Gina: That's interesting. So a different perspective, again.

@Charlie: I bet that was a happy first day! ;) Shame about the low standards, though.

Michelle in a shell said...

loans loans loans :( i wasn't lucky enough to really get "informed" about the college process and just kinda jumped into it taking out whatever lenders would give me.

it did, however lead me to adopt my cat :)

Su said...

Ugh. I hear ya. I distract myself with whatever is going by when I think about repayment. :(

Auto Title Loans said...

When I first when to college I thought this was going to be the best experience of my life and that my friends were forever. Although I have made some of the closest friends I have to this day, it was more of a four year course on survival than anything. Was it fun? Absolutely, but definitely no Hollywood experience :)

Su said...

Yep. Very well said! :)