Life Update: Reflections on College

img_7024Hello, friends! I’ve finally been able to take a “zen moment” as my English teacher would say, where I can chill in my bed and take some time for myself-and you guys! I have not talked to you in forever and I miss talking to you all. So I’m going to get down to the nitty gritty and give you an update on my life at college.

These past couple of months have gone by so quickly and slowly at the same time. I feel like I’ve been here forever, but I also can’t believe that it’s almost November and there’s only a couple months left before the semester ends! Classes have been going pretty well so far. I’m really enjoying my “artsy” classes, like my Arts and Ideas class, where we talk about the philosophy of art and focus on different works. I’m also in an acting class, which has been awesome as well. It’s really nice to learn about topics that I’m actually interested in. In contrast to this, I’m also in Calculus, which has proved to be quite challenging. Math is definitely not a subject that I like to put my energy towards. It’s one of those things that I can grasp just well enough to do decently in, but it’s not my class of choice. My daily schedule is indicative that most of my time and energy goes into art-related activities and not into Calculus.

Speaking of art-related activities, I’m in a play! For the last three months, every night from 7-10 has been devoted to rehearsals for the devised piece that is being performed on the MainStage. The cast consists of nine women and we are creating the show, thus the “devised piece”. The content of the show is exclusively created by all of us. All of the scenes, monologues, and movement were made by us, so the show is completely original. Some of the work that I’ve contributed includes a few songs I’ve written and choreography, along with monologues and scene work. So far, this has been a wonderful experience and I really enjoy working with all of the other girls. Everyone is super creative, giving, and determined to put on a great show. I feel really lucky to be a part of this production. Even though it’s been  a lot of work, I know that our performance in two weeks will be worth all these long nights.

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Hopdoddy’s milkshake

College hasn’t been completely full of work.  I’ve gotten really close with my roommates and it’s been great getting to know and hang out with them. With our busy schedules, it’s sometimes hard to find time to do fun things,  but we’re doing our best! My weekends have actually been pretty packed these past couple of weeks, as I’ve been traveling and exploring Texas a bit. In September, I spent a couple weekends in Austin, which was fantastic. I also visited College Station for a weekend. I think traveling has been one of my favorite parts so far. It’s really nice to have the freedom to go wherever I want and discover new things about this beautiful state that I now live in.

While college has been a whirlwind of activities with classes, rehearsal, and weekend trips, the adjustment from living out home to “living on my own” has been a big learning experience. I realize that I’m not in a place to be super reflective, as it’s only been a few months. However, it’s been an adjustment for me and for many other students, I’m sure. I now have this massive amount of freedom and it’s my decision as to what I want to do with it. I noticed this the other day when I was at the grocery store and I wasn’t sure what to buy! I’ve been grocery shopping by myself plenty of times, but I was buying food for myself with my own money. I have too much power! Ultimately, I was fine and just bought ramen, but it was definitely a strange moment.  I’ve also noticed that being at college is like being in one big long distance relationship. I’m maintaining a relations with my geographically distant family and  friends, which is not always easy.There’s a lot of effort that goes into it, especially since I live far away and don’t get to visit them on the weekends. However, I do think it’s important to stay connected and prevent my parents from getting a heart attack if I don’t talk to them in a week.

College has been great so far and I feel really lucky to be where I am. It’s been a lot of work, but so far, so good. Even though at times, it’s been challenging to be so far away, I couldn’t be more happy with my decision to go on this adventure. Speaking of which, if there are some you out there who are considering moving out of state for college, I would totally be down to write a post about why moving far away from home is awesome. It really is awesome. Thanks for reading, you guys! I look forward to talking to you soon!

-Love Ling