So, in all this time that I've been writing about college, getting ready for college, talking about college, and dreaming about college, it never really hit that it was real. That it was going to happen. That this was what I'm going to be doing for the next four years.
Yesterday, it hit. Yesterday was freshmen orientation, and I left the building as a completely enrolled college student. It's now officially "real." It's fifteen credit hours, student ID picture, club recruitment and library tour real. It's time for making new friends, seeing new faces, and running into familiar people. It's time to make good impressions, befriend professors, and try to remember names.
It's good times. It's changing times - which is always hard for me. Especially, as I'm sure you know by now, because I have to meet new people. Yes, introverted homeschooler me, making friends. I went into orientation and the main thought I had was "to make friends, you have to be a friend." Nobody is just going to come up and talk to me. So, I made a point to say hello, to introduce myself, and learn something new. Guess what? It worked. I was able to have great conversations with more than ten other incoming freshmen. To top it all off, it was easier than I thought it could be.
It's not going to be easy, by any means. It'll be hard to juggle two work schedules, fifteen credit hours, and study time. It'll be tough, but it'll be worth it. I'm honestly excited about this transition, and can't wait to get started.