Short version: I’m still adjusting.
I’m not yet at the point where I can say with certainty that I love college. There are certain parts of it I definitely love: my classes (well, mostly), the extracurricular opportunities, the weather (so far at least), the really fast internet, etc. But so far, it’s not really anything special. It’s kind of anti-climatic, actually.
It hasn’t been totally bland. Brown has had its moments, and I’m slowly beginning to grow attached to this place, but I’m not getting the mind-blowingly awesome experience I feel like many other people are having. There are times when I feel completely isolated and alone. Although I’ve made friends, a lot of the connections I’ve been making with others are superficial. I’ve yet to find those lifelong friends people always talk about, and I feel like it’ll take a while before I do, since I’m one of those people who takes a long time to open up to others. There are days when my schedule is so packed, I barely have enough time to sleep. In fact, tonight, I’m quadruple-booked from 7-10 at night, and I’m working from 10:15pm-2:30am (I’m trying to get that changed). The workload isn’t that bad (actually, I feel like I had more work in high school), but on top of everything else, I feel extremely overwhelmed.
You can understand why this post is overdue, right?
On a more positive note, I have finally decided what classes to take: Principles of Economics, Social Psychology, Reading Spaces in Colonial Latin America, and Introduction to Neuroscience. At this point, Econ is too easy to really be enjoyable, but it’s beginning to move in a better (and more interesting) direction. Neuro and Reading Spaces are AMAZING, especially Reading Spaces. There are only 12 people in the class and everyone is amazingly articulate and intelligent, so we always have great discussions. And I hate to admit it, but I just dislike social psychology. I wish I had shopped more classes. I probably would have taken Spanish instead.
My first 2 weeks were spent without a roommate (she didn’t show up), but Reslife has provided me with a new roommate! Yay! She’s taking Beginning Chinese which is awesome because I’m currently self-studying that class using their textbook, and it’d be nice to have access to their tests/quizzes/worksheets. Currently, my goal is to finish CHIN0200 by winter break (I’ve already completed CHIN0100 material), do CHIN0300 during winter break and part of 2nd semester, and do CHIN0400 for the rest of 2nd semester and summer break. Hopefully I can test into 3rd year Chinese next fall semester!
I am also now officially adding East Asian Studies - China to my list of possible majors. My parents think it’s stupid because I shouldn’t be studying China if I’m ethnically Chinese. Whatever.
I’m sure I had more to say, but I can’t think of much else at the moment, because I’m distracted by this pile of reading sitting next to my computer (social psych ew). One thing I can definitely say about college is that it’s much more reading-intensive and a lot less busywork.
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