A Whole New World

My first few weeks of school were very intimidating. I’ve always been the tallest girl in High School and walking around Diablo Valley College made me feel so petite! Everyone is so sophisticated and smart, some may be small but the way they carried themselves made them seem tall and confident. I was both excited and fearful, what if the classes were too hard for me to handle? What if my classmates thought I was too young and didn’t treat me like an equal, but like a child? I wanted to fit in and stand out at the same time, it was exhilarating. Once I walked into my first class, Art History, I instantly saw every college movie flash before my eyes. The theater-like seating, the cinema screen and the very excited professor with coffee in her hands, was all standing at the front. I was blown away, I had never been in a setting this different and it filled me with joy and curiosity. Will this class be as interesting as the classroom looks? It indeed was.

My first impression of college life kind of scared me. There were students smoking, pregnant women, older men in freshmen classes; there was so much diversity that it’s difficult to take in all in one gasp of air. I was expecting noise, no backpacks because ‘you’re mature enough’ to carry books, relaxed students with pajamas. Instead, I was met with most girls wearing the latest clothes, heels and really cute purses. Jocks with huge backpacks, nerds with dreads, and students from every part of the world. In a way it was an older version of high school, but truly it was a whole new world, filled with mysteries and wonders, a world where everyone is on the path to finding who they are or who they will become. I’m looking forward to learning everything I can in the classes for my major, Dietetics. I want to take every class needed and apply what I’ve learned into the outside world.