Hello to all my friends and watchers,
I'd like to tell you all something rather personal that is going on in my life right now. Which is something I rarely often do. Most of the times I'm telling stuff about Transformers, Dinosaurs, or Pokemon and stuff like that.
Now in case any of you were currently unaware, I'm a college student. I actually joined DA the summer I finished High School and right before heading off to college. I gotta say, this has been a great experience overall. Now college is nearly over for me and I'll be graduating in May.
But I wouldn't exactly say that College was the best time of my life, because that would've been High School if I'm being completely honest, but it certainly was a life-changing experience as it should (even if it wasn't as much as it is for other). There were many things in College I didn't enjoy.
Freshman year started out a bit rough. I was a part of the school's running team and had to go up to college a week before it began to start training with the other teammates. So I had to struggle with some homesick anxiety, as this was the first time in my life I was ever away from my home and family for such an extended period of time. Fortunately, it passed quickly once the school year started and I was too busy with my classes to be homesick. My first year dorm wasn't the greatest as I had to deal with a roommate who snored so heavily that I could barely get any sleep. Fortunately he moved out a month into the semester and I got a new roommate a couple weeks after. We didn't have any problems with each other and got along well. But he was a serious introvert so he really wasn't open to socializing, so we were really more of just roommates than actual friends. What's mores is that the dorm I was in absolutely sucked. Barely any heating so the winters were cold and barely any air conditioning so the nights were hot and restless once spring came along and the humidity returned. Plus my dorm had no common room I could go into during my free time, whether it be to talk to people or just hang out. I did alright in my classes though I ended up failing 3 classes. Spring Semester I got into problems with one of my teachers (I won't go into details, but the teacher is seriously bad at his job). I had to end take 2 summer courses (one at the school and one at a college closer to my hometown) to boost my grade up and 2 half course credit classes for the duration of my Sophomore year.
Sophomore year was meh all things considered. They stuck me back in the same dorm I was in Freshman year, even gave me my same roommate. So I opted to move out of there as quick as I could. It wasn't because of my roommate or anything, it was really the dorm as I just didn't want to spend another year in that crappy dorm again. I ended up moving in with another student in a much better dorm overall. This dorm building was so much better overall; it had great heating, air conditioning, actual common rooms, it even had a workout room with a treadmill that I could run on. But the relationship I had with my new roommate kept it from being perfect as we really did not get along well. He was in the school' theater group and would often spend long nights with preparing for any upcoming school play, often returning to the room at 1 or 2 in the morning. Plus he's a super light sleeper and accused me of keeping him awake with the way I apparently breath while I'm sleeping. Now I don't snore or anything, but I can't exactly control the way in which I breath while I sleep. So I have no idea where he's getting this idea from. He ended up moving out at the near-end of the semester. I felt bad at first, because I thought it was my sleeping habits that he just couldn't tolerate, but the RA of my dorm informed me he moved was because he was seeking a single room for himself but couldn't find one and had to settle for a double. So they were really more of his problems, not mine. I also didn't do Cross Country for the rest of my time in college because the workload of my classes started to get too much for me. I still run to keep in shape, I just no longer do it competitively. Plus college Cross Country is much different than it was back in high school as the races are much longer, too long for my taste. I can push myself and run competitively for 5K races they had in high school, but the races in college for 10K and too much for my taste. My classes were another reason Sophomore year was meh for me, as this was the year I ended up failing both Biology and Geology classes. The 2 classes I both wanted to take and ones I personally felt that I would do great in, and I end up failing both of them. Now I don't blame the teachers that I had for those classes (although I do admit they seemed pretty tough and strict with their classes), but I ultimately blame myself for this failure. Why? Because I severely underestimated my knowledge and abilities I had prior to taking the courses and believed they would be enough to get me by. Unfortunately, they were not. I just failed to comprehend the seriousness and complexity of these course subjects and I ended up paying the price. The other classes I took really weren't that fun, I took an art class that required long hours of work and the others had rigorous course work. Though I did like the one Anthropology class I took which made me eventually decide to major in that field since being a Paleontologist was no longer an option. The summer classes I took were alright, I didn't have to return to school and was able to take them again at the college close to my hometown. I honestly loved the college there a lot more than the one I was currently attending. The campus looked nice and there was stuff to do in the surrounding areas (which there really isn't much of at the campus I'm currently attending). So it got me into thinking if I could possibly transfer over to this other college. I liked the campus and teachers I had plus it'd be a lot more closer to home, I'd probably still live on campus though but at least I could maybe return home on the weekends. I even made a journal entry about how I was gonna try and get good grades the beginning of Junior Year so I could transfer over to the other college after the Fall Semester. Sadly though, it didn't work out and I'm still in the same college. It wasn't because I didn't do well, it was more of that a lot of my course credits wouldn't be able to transfer over, specifically the ones that pertain to my new major in Anthropology. If I did transfer over, assuming that they accepted me, I'd have to do twice the amount of schoolwork to make up for the credits that couldn't transfer over which meant taking an additional semester or two. While I personally wouldn't have a problem with that, my parents said they couldn't afford as the tuition cost for the college I'm currently was too much and they couldn't afford it this far into my college career.
That being said, my Junior Year was much better than my previous two years. I did better in my classes and didn't fail a single one. What's more is that I actually enjoyed the Anthropology classes I was in now that I had changed my major, so my classes felt more enjoyable rather than just something I had to tolerate going to every day. The dorm I was in my Junior year of college was alright, conditions there were basically a mix between the dorms I stayed in for my Freshman and Sophomore years. Heating and air conditioning weren't the best, but they made it tolerable, there were common rooms that I could hang out in. I also was in a single room this year finally, after the experience I had with my roommate Sophomore year I realized that I just couldn't handle living with a roommate while dealing with the academics of college. Overall, there wasn't much to complain about, all except for the showers. Anytime I took one, there was barely any hot water, and I take my showers early in the morning before anyone else. So how in the hell can they get cold so quickly when I'm pretty much the first one using them for the day? Other than that, Junior year was a great experience overall. Even though I didn't fail any of them classes, I did have to go back take a summer course. The course I took was Geology, and it was mainly to scratch the "F" I received in that class off of my academic record (which I did by earning a "C+").
Which brings us to my senior year, where I am currently in my final semester and exactly 2 months away from graduating. The dorm I'm is the same one I was in sophomore year, and ironically the room I'm in is right next to the double I was in. Fortunately, I'm in a single again and don't have to deal with roommates once again. Plus this dorm's the best one I've been in so I can't complain about anything there. Fall semester was pretty good overall, loved the classes I was in and even got to take a creative writing class that helped me improve on how I can better write fan fiction. I ended up getting all "B's" for the semester and am currently working to get all "B's" and maybe even some "A's" for this semester. I enjoy the classes I'm currently in, though there's quite a lot of workload. But I'm confident I'll do well this semester, I just got to work hard and focus on my work.
So yeah, my time at college wasn't exactly the greatest time of my life (like I said before, that was high school). But after a little while and some course changing, it turned out to be quite a pleasurable experience.
With all that being said, I only wish I could've had a better overall social experience the years I was here. Now don't get me wrong, I had problems learning to socialize with other people (by which I mean talking to people who didn't have the same interests as me). But throughout Middle School and High School, I got help from teachers and those problems were corrected prior to me going off to college. Now while I did meet a couple people up here at college, I was still hoping to meet those who had similar interests as me (whether they be into Pokemon, Transformers, etc.). Sadly, they didn't exactly make themselves present or open. Outside of the frat houses, dorm mates, school clubs, sports teams, and shared classes, people don't really commune with one another. It doesn't help that the town my college is in really doesn't have any social centers or things for students to do in their spare time. The school's doing more social events this year as there's now a video game club as well as occasional trips to a Dave & Busters (which is super fun BTW, go there if you haven't gone to one already), but this is something I just wished they had been doing when I first came to college. Fortunately though I still have my circle of friends I made back home in high school anytime I was back for breaks and the summer (we also talked on Facebook), so it's not like I didn't have any friends at all.
Which brings us to the ever-lasting question. Once I'm all done with college, what's in store for me after? Where does my destiny lie when I'm done with school once and for all?
Well, if I'm being perfectly honest, I don't where I'll go next. I'll likely still live at home and look for a job after college is over. I'm not really sure what I want to do for a career, as having a degree in Anthropology opens up so many possibilities. But I once I eventually find a serious well-paying job, I'll likely move out of my home and get an apartment. Then from there it's meet a nice girl, get married, move out of the apartment and into a new house, have some kids and start a family. You know, life stuff. I'm just not certain when those things will happen in my life or even where they'll take me. All I know is I gotta ultimately seek it out myself because no one's gonna do it for me.
I guess the other question is, what exactly will this all mean about my future on DA? Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love this place and all the people I've met in the time I've been here. I honestly wish I could've gotten on here sooner and don't understand why I never did. I'll probably be around more often right after college ends since I'll have more free time, but afterwards I'm not sure if I'll be on as much as I have been. I know I've said that several times in the past, but in those instances it was all because I had to focus more on schoolwork. Now that school's over with, I'm obviously gonna have to get a job. Then once I eventually find a serious job and get my own apartment, I don't think I'll be around once all the "life stuff" I mentioned comes into play. As much as it pains me to say this, nothing good last forever. Times change, as do people and what goes on in their life. Though I'll always remember everything I've learned since joining DA
But hey, this is all WAY into the future. I'm still in the here and now with y'all on DA and intend to make the best of it as I can.
Unfortunately, my next announcement kind of contradicts that statement. Midterms and college papers here are coming up and I'm afraid that once again I'm not gonna be on DA as often. I'll probably have some breathing room once the exams are over, but then I'll have to then get ready for finals so it won't last long. So with all that being said, I'm going to have to spend a lot of the time I normally spend browsing on DA and talking with people working on assignments for my classes and studying for upcoming exams. I of course won't be gone forever or completely vanish. I'll still occasionally post stuff, but it just won't be as often as it was.
When school's all done with...I'll be on as often as I can, but once things in my life start taking up too much of my time, I'll unfortunately have to pack up and leave DA. But like I said, that's all in the future and I have no idea when it's gonna be.
Thank you all and wish me luck for my last semester here.