I've had quite a few questions from readers over the last week or two, saying, "What's college like? Tell me about the college experience." I used to ask the same thing. Now I understand why college students would always hesitate when I asked and say, "Well... it's... college," like that's some sort of reasonable explanation. I know I haven't been very detailed about my recent experiences on this blog and I'm sorry about that. I know that not only my readers who don't "know" me would like to see some of what's going on in my life right now, but my family and friends would too.
To be honest, things haven't been easy. It's tough to move ten hours away from everyone you know and love. It's tough to be forced to make brand new friend groups and live in a brand new place. My life has not been easy the last week and that's partly why I haven't had a whole lot to say about it. Everything is just so new.
When you have to start over with friend groups, even when you start to finally find some friends, they're simply not close friends yet... and they won't be close friends until some time has passed and you've shared some experiences together. Unfortunately, that means the first few weeks--or even months--of living on your own can be pretty lonely at times. At this point, I'm at the awkward stage. There are some great girls and guys I've met who seem Christlike and friendly and nice, but we don't really know each other that well yet. So while we're friendly and I enjoy spending time with each of them, things are still a little weird for everyone.
Plus, it's tough being away from family. I miss having my parents around. I miss Ali. I miss my little brother and sister. I miss my doggies. I miss my grandparents. I miss my old bedroom. I miss everything about my "old life."
But anyways, after this long rant, I really am doing okay. I'm not depressed. I'm not even miserable. I'm just a little lonely and ready to make some closer college friends. I've been praying hard that God would bring some GREAT close girl friends into my life and I fully trust that He will.
Oh, and I thought I'd share one little instance from the last few days. Look what I found in the bathroom the other night.
That's right. He's a lizard!
He was shockingly small. I have very small fingers and you can see how little he is compared to them. I don't think I've ever seen a lizard this small in my life. At first when I saw him out of the corner of my eye, I thought he was a spider or a centipede or something and so I screamed bloody murder. My friend and one of my suitemates both came running to make sure everything was okay.
"There's a... a... a... a lizard!" I stammered, finally realizing that there wasn't a poisonous spider in the bathroom. Only a cute little lizard.
It didn't take long for me to catch him and put him in one of our paper Dixie cups. Together, we all took him outside and set him free in the bushes. He was a pretty cute little guy.
So... any questions? Comment them below or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll answer them all on September 10.