((I apologize for the low image quality! As some have heard, my camera broke before move-in so I had to use my cellphone. As you can see, I had not properly configured my phone-camera yet.))
Day 1: Move-In
So I had to wake up early at about 5:00 AM to get ready to drive to Dallas. The drive in itself was pretty smooth… I mean nothing huge happened. (Driving for 5 hours was pretty boring though). To top that off, I was starting to come down with something so I had to switch with someone to drive for me the rest of the day.
When I finally arrived and got my keys, I headed up to my apartment to greet my room mates. Two, I would know. The third, no one had seen or heard from. I was greeted by familiar faces when I knocked on the front door (as opposed to opening it with my key because I thought this would be rude) and they helped me take some of my things to my room. As I was finishing, they went out to get something to eat (an offer which I politely declined, as I had already eaten) and left me to arrange my room. Strangely enough, the computer was not the first thing I set up, which scared me a bit… I just seemed compelled to doing other things.
Around 5:00 PM, my PA (Peer adviser… an equivalent of RA here) came knocking on everyone’s door to tell us about a building meeting we were having (I’m living on campus after all). My roommates were still out, this time to look for boxes to build a couch (lol…) so I went there myself. Basically, it was a generic welcome/get-to-know-the-rules type meeting, but it also our building has two awesome PAs named Farah and Bryan who wont let us get bored. There are official activities planned all week which I may or may not go to. I also found out that a guy from my old campus lives in the same building as me, which was pretty cool. That’s a pretty big deal we are talking about- most of the people from there went to a closer new campus than Dallas.
After everything was said and done, I went back to my room. I’m happy that our residence quarters give each person their own decent sized, lockable room (which it seems most campuses do not have). Around 10:00 PM, I turned in for the night, as it had been a long day.
… Until I was woken up by my roommate knocking on my door at 1:45 AM saying “Hey! Come out! Got some people for you to meet!” Well, since I was [barely] awake at this point, I figured that I’d might as well say hi. My other room mates had gone to Midnight Madness a freshman party that went until 2:00 AM and had just come back from there. We talked in the living room a bit (with me still sitting in my night clothes, which I did not care to take off) and after about 10 minutes, I excused myself to go back to sleep, because in all honestly, I would rather meet people while the sun is up, thank you.
This is my first full day on campus. I woke up at 8:00 AM, a time that I have been training my body to get up these past few days. Not much happened as far as morning routines go. When it was breakfast time, I left my apartment and spent 15 minutes (a duration later shortened to ~7 minutes) looking for the dining hall. Upon reaching there, I saw that the timings for the hall on weekends was from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Just my luck- I had to wait another hour. I suppose they expect us to wake up late on weekends, but I do wish I had known about this before hand. Other than that, just a bit more shopping for things that I forgot on my list. By the end of the day, I was pretty tired and had a slight headache cause I was doing so many things, thus I went to sleep early.
… Until I woke up at 1:00 AM with a huge headache. Seriously, what is up with me waking up at 1:00 AM every night? It turns out that I had come down with a fever of some sort. Strangely, this tends to happen when I move. Perhaps it’s because my body is not used to the different atmospheres, or because I try to settle to quick, thereby overworking myself. At any rate, I woke up with a massive headache and could barely open my bottle of Tylenol to take it. With luck, I should be feeling better soon.
I did not have a nice sleep due to my headache, but felt a little better in the morning albeit congested. My folks came over to make sure I was feeling well so I skipped eating in the dining hall. They were nice enough to bring a couple muffins and brew some tea for me so that I could lie in bed for a bit. The hot tea did me some good, as I was able to regain my energy and get a few things done around campus. The campus itself is beautiful, but there is currently a bunch of construction going on due to their beautification project. I don’t really mind the working sounds, but walking around closed-off pathways got annoying. In order to retrieve my textbooks, I had to walk all the way around the library in the sun just to get to the store.
That being done, I went back to my apartment and relaxed… I am really hoping that I am able to get well before classes start (on the 20th). I pretty much had the whole place to myself, as one of my room mates was out on a freshman camping activity (something, as you would expect, I would not attend) and the other was staying with family nearby. The final room mate is still unheard of, and I am starting to think they died or something.
Tomorrow will be my last entry regarding my first few days at my new campus as that is the day when my guardians (who came to ensure that I have a comfortable move-in) will say goodbye. There will still be a couple more days until classes start, but as far as my transition to this campus goes, their farewell will be the last significant event before I fall into routine.
Day 4: Goodbyes
I woke up this morning feeling a little ill, but I seem to be better than the past few days. I still get a headache sometimes so I am relying on Tylenol to tide me over. My folks came over earlier than expected, [probably purposefully] catching me off guard. As I took a shower and got fixed up, they sat in my room for a bit and took one last look at it. As far as goodbyes go, it was nothing special. They were quick and to the point, and were not overly emotional- (just the way I like it) I mean, it’s not like I won’t be seeing them again, right?
As I hugged them goodbye, they kept on sprouting advice to me even as they were walking out the door (“don’t forget to take Tylenol if you need it!”, “Don’t hesitate to call!”, etc.) They really do care about me a lot, as do I. Half of me still feels like they are still around the corner at the Inn they were staying at. I guess it just hasn’t sunk in yet that I’m on my own here. You know how sometimes you can just feel that something is going to be fun or something? For me, I can just feel that soon, I won’t be able to wait to go home… just not so soon.
Classes start on the 20th… wish me luck!