First Week On Campus (I’m Moving)

My first week living on campus has precipitated into me moving into a 1-bedroom apartment off-campus. The price one pays for convenience is certainly not worth it when housing on campus is almost double tuition (not including the mandated meal-plan). This is not such a bad change, albeit moving and finding last minute housing can be stressful. My short-lived campus opinion is that although living on campus does motivate one to participate more on-campus activities, clubs, organizations, and socializing with other students at this point in my college career I don’t necessarily want to be so involved. If I’m going to be involved intensely in anything, it’s going to most likely be my studying and books! Most grad students are smarter than to live on campus, so the chances that I’m finding people my age who are in the intellectual struggle with me are slim to none. Even the ones that do live on campus tend to be very isolated and independent. So, living on my own (for the first time) will be an academic and personal challenge as it deals with budgeting, cooking for myself (which I’m not in the habit of doing), and discipline.

Here’s my week in a nutshell:

Monday: I was late to all four classes on my schedule. Partly due to not knowing my way around campus and not giving myself enough time to get lost. I’m too old to be late to classes.

Tuesday: Probably will become one of my favorite days of the week, since my one class does not meet until 4:30pm. This past week though, it was the day I found out that my loan reward was not going to cover my housing. I went into panic mode, wondering how I would be able to get out of the year-lease I signed with the school with no penalty. Financial hardship pretty much did the trick.

Wednesday: Like Monday, except this day I managed to make 2/4 classes on time. I met a freshman, who I’m starting to regard as a little brother (hereinafter referrred to as Freshman Bro). He’s also from Queens and we have mutual acquaintances. We basically kept each other company during chow times, a tradition we’ll most likely keep. Began an intense search for college housing, which at this point was pretty slim. Anxiety began settling in, as I did not want to settle for my last resort which was a neighboring complex that was not very comparable to housing on campus.

Thursday: No classes. Woke up late and took advantage of a Total Body Conditioning Class and the gym. Nice break mid-week.

Friday: Classes were done at midday today. Did some searching online for housing, and the Freshman Bro actually found a contact who knew someone who had an apartment deal fall through. The place is downtown, but still walking distance from campus. Called the landlord, walked over to see it, and approved it (did I really have a choice?) Pricing was good, and although I’m worried about the noise on the weekend, I have peace knowing that I don’t have to live with strangers or immature undergraduates.

Saturday (yesterday): Moved and unpacked most of my belongings, won’t spend my first night there until Tuesday when electricity will be turned on. Now that my living situation is settled, I can worry about settling into these COURSES!  Intro to Audiology, Phonetics, Speech Language Development, American Sign Language and the Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism ain’t no joke!

This Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, how are you coping? If you’ve already started school, how was your first week? If you start next week, are you prepared?

Here’s to a less Stressful Second Week,

She Traces

First Week On Campus (I’m Moving)

10 thoughts on “First Week On Campus (I’m Moving)

  1. Jessica Auguste says:

    First off, congrats! On the new place-I was hoping it wouldn’t take long for you to fund a new place and you didn’t (btw so that address you sent me is now void Correct ?). God is good. And since we’re on the topic, (God) this post just ensured me how great he really is and that he neither leaves us Nor forsakes us. Just when you were worried about finding housing and getting by he sent “Freshman Bro” to your aide.

    Funny thing is that although classes have already begun, I haven’t actually started school
    because of tge earthquake and hurricane (I go to school on the weekends now-never thought I’d be the type). So I’ll be starting classes next week! I’m excited and nervous but I love school , it’s papers I hate. Lol

    Enjoy your new humble- a- bode haha

    1. Enjoy your extended break! Coping with stress is probably the most unteachable skill in school. I’m learning that whenever I want to stress, it’s pointless because things end up working out in the end! God is good!

  2. Ms. Nikks says:

    I’m always scared I’ll be lost when it comes to classes and I hate going in late. I usually go a few days before and take a look around or a few hours before I’m to start. Calms my nerves.

    Sounds like you’ve started quite the adventure. Lol, wishing you a less hectic and tardy week. Lol.

  3. LOL, that was me on my first day back at college too. It’s good to hear you found another place! And living off campus is a good idea. My time spent living on campus was never spent with books or studying….so good choice! And daaaang. I thought my classes were tough. Yours just SOUND incredibly harder. <- get it. GET IT? ok, lame joke. well, hope things keep getting better for you at school.

  4. I lived on campus at my college and I liked it a lot. I moved 4 hours away from home so that I can meet new people and get a fresh start and it worked for me. My friend has a similar story, but she moved on campus and kept to herself. I got involved in some organizations, went to some tailgates, and hung out and I loved it. It really gave me a chance to experience the college atmosphere and interact with people.

    I understand where you are coming from with being a grad student. I guess that your story made me reflect on my own. Great post. I hope your semester goes well!

  5. well i kinda started school…started doing my research to help work towards my masters and i will say so far i LOVE it. i LOVE it so much more than any other job that i have had (i recently started getting paid to do it full time) so hopefully this will all work out and keep me on the right path to doing what i need to do to get done with school 🙂

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