Hey, dear readers. I’m back at school already! I spent the past few days at home enjoying the short break from college, but I moved back to help freshmen move into the dorms. It’s a volunteer gig, so I don’t get paid, but I do get free meals as well as free room and board until school starts. (And then I have to pay for it like everyone else.) I signed up because A) there isn’t much to do in my hometown and B) I feel more at home in Iowa City now anyway.
So yeah, I’m back on campus and excited to be here. I’m glad that I’ll have some time to settle in before the school year gets under way. (Maybe I’ll even find some time to write in between lifting boxes and pushing luggage carts!) I look forward to seeing my friends again, too – it’s been a few months since I last saw some of them, and less than a week since I saw the others, but I miss everyone all the same.
More than anything, I’m excited at the thought of writing about this coming school year. I blogged about college pretty often last year, and hope to talk about it just as frequently during the 2016-2017 school year.
I look forward not only to seeing the differences between last year and this one but to documenting the changes as well, so that years from now I can reread my posts and remember what it was like.
Many of last year’s posts dealt with, well, freshman experiences – as you might expect. I talked about what it was like to move out and live on my own for the first time, and how college was different from high school, and so on and so forth.
Junior year will be a lot different, though. (Yes: Junior year. I had so many credits from dual enrollment in high school that I just kind of skipped right over sophomore year?) With that in mind, here are some of the types of posts I hope to write.
At this point in college, the courses I’m taking are more advanced than the ones I took last year. I also know more people in those classes because I have completed many of the required gen ed courses and am therefore studying with others in the same major. I can’t wait to write about the more complex topics I’m studying as I delve further into my double majors of English and journalism!
I’d also like to talk about some of the plans and goals I’ve set for myself for 2016-2017. My biggest goal last school year was basically just to get through the year with decent grades and enough sleep – I didn’t set any other goals because I wasn’t sure just how demanding the workload would be and didn’t want to overwhelm myself with unrealistic goals.
This year, however, I have a better sense of how much time I spend doing what, and that really helps when it comes to making good goals. Also, now that I know my way around both the university and the town and already have friends here – I didn’t know ANYONE when I arrived last year – I have no shortage of ideas about where and with whom I can do fun stuff. Really Gay Movie NightsTM, Tolkien book clubs, hiking: You name it, it’s on my list of things to do with friends this year.
Finally, I plan to write a whole bunch of posts giving advice. About all kinds of things! Some of those planned posts include how to get along with your roommate, how to study _____, how to find time to read in college, et cetera. Some of the advice will be pretty generic (“how I survived freshman year”), while other posts will be extremely specific. I love helping people and as those posts seem quite popular on this blog, I’m excited to share what I’ve figured out over the past year or so.
In short, I look forward to chronicling my adventures as a tiny junior and seeing how they differ from those I had as an equally tiny freshman. (Sigh. I wish I grew. Well, a girl can dream…) Who knows, maybe when I’m a senior I’ll look back on posts like these and laugh at how much has changed and how self-assured I was!