Getting Settled in College

College. Yes, summer is over and now I have to accept the fact that once again there will be homework. Then again, I had a summer reading assignment, which turned into summer homework because I procrastinated. The purpose of the assignment is to provide “common intellectual experiences that introduces them to the University and to the pleasures and rigors of undergraduate academic life.”But I am excited to venture into this next step of my life at Brown University in Rhode Island. It also means moving far, very far, from the Bay Area and California itself. While I am grateful for the opportunity to get to go to college, this will also be the first time I will be on my own for such a long period of time. I feel both excited and nervous at the same time; no one will be doing laundry or cooking for me.

I am writing this paragraph of the post on the airplane. Why? There is really nothing else to do on the airplane except sleep. Even though there is Direct TV on the plane there is only one free channel, which prompts me to use my credit card to get other movies or more channels. So I will say this again. A five, almost six, hour flight from San Francisco International Airport to Boston at night is boring. On top of that, it is difficult to get comfortable because of the cramped spaces. Plus, it really isn’t flying unless there is a crying baby. Fortunately the baby didn’t start crying until about halfway through the flight. Unfortunately the baby started crying about halfway through the flight. At this moment, I envy those who can drive to their colleges. At least they have elbow room.

It rained last night. Having rain for the first time in a while, and this was not a drizzle but a downpour of water. IT FELT REALLY GOOD. I couldn’t help but to think about home as I was walking with friends back to the dorm after an alcohol talk. The one thing on my mind is that I am not in a drought anymore. Despite the humidity and the time gap, I am really enjoying myself here at Brown, the students and adults are friendly and seem to be open to anything.

One thing I would like to get done before my first day of school is to figure out my sleeping schedule. There is a three-hour time difference between California and Rhode Island; it also means that getting to sleep at 11 P.M. in California translates into 2 A.M. Rhode Island. All the orientation events go to late hours as well, some ending at 1:30 in the morning. So hopefully I can adjust to the time difference so that sleep deprivation will not be a problem for me the first few days of class.