After a few days of chaos, exhaustion, and the now-familiar onset of culture shock, the buzz of campus has settled like dust– making Wesleyan home once again. It remains an awkward squeeze for this Hoosier, but one that I’ve learned to take in strides.
The 13 hour drive from Indiana was extended by construction across the entire state of Pennsylvania. My high-rise flirts with ninety degrees, it took some time to locate a fan, and my dresser rivals the holding capacity of my four-year-old $12 particle board nightstand from Wal-Mart. Understandably, the first few days were challenging.
The soothing rhythm of jstor pdfs and sharpie highlighters set as soon as I organized my library and set out to define some otherwise bland and useless floor space, but once that was all settled, I had a little bit of breathing room.
My eating room (if you can call it that) is a kitchen counter that stands at an awkward height– too low to be bar stool height, too high to be normal sitting height and massive pillar divides the living space.
Shirley and I snatched an extra bed from the 7th floor and shoved it caddy-corner to the bar– thereby constructing a make-shift couch, then bought some pretty pillows at Marshalls to complete the look. A trip to Walgreens and the dollar store for some prints and cheap frames gave the room a finished look.
At Wesleyan, we honor Labor Day by starting school and so I found myself in American Political Economy on Monday at 11, which was quite the experience. Despite an engaging professor and what appeared to be short, but decent reading list, I found myself unengaged. For the first time, I found myself in a quality academic setting focused on my interests and thought the class was too easy. That was weird. The semester’s essay questions looked like they could all be written within a week, and I was familiar with the works and major ideas of half of the authors on the book list. This must be what they call “being a senior.”
On that note, I’ve been working very hard on the “being a senior” objective. I have my whole life to read books and write papers, but I only have 2 semesters of free and fun everything that comes with being a student. So…I ditched a dinner early to catch the Avengers at the Goldsmith Family Cinema last night and recruited friends until I had a gang to catch Vertigo on the big screen tonight.
<– Embrace youth mentality, manifested as braided pig-tails
Up next? Shirley and I will be hosting a salsa party (the food, not the dance) and have decided that inviting people to breakfast is going to be our thing. I’ve already made biscuits and gravy twice this week.
The hurried nature of week one has not permitted time to retell my game theory invoking encounter with a skunk by my car after a 2am shift at the library, the Russian Politics reading load, what it is like to live without a microwave, or the ever-evolving moster and beast that is my thesis, but rest assured it’s coming.
So, here’s to being a student (or at least an undergrad)…one last time.