It’s been a really long time since I’ve had this feeling. The feeling of being lost on a campus. The feeling of not knowing names of anyone; students or teachers. The feeling of fear to not do something really bad on the first day. I have never changed schools so I’ve only had this feeling once, that is, if I don’t count my entering of the senior side of my school.
When the bus stopped and we got out, strangers asking each other for directions, it was all refreshing again. There was terror on all the faces and “that is how you distinguish freshmen from the rest, they are in shocking terror, all of them”, said my friend who was a friend in school and is now a friend in college though our disciplines are different. There are many friends who are in the same college as me with different disciplines and fields which is a boon in a new place. There is a friend who shares the same field i.e. Architecture as me too so that’s a relief and a problem at the same time. A relief because well, that decreases the new friendships I have to nurture by 1 and a problem because when you enter a new phase you try to change a few things, call them amendments in your personality but when someone who is very well acquainted with you is around, that process becomes a little difficult.
Soon all of us separated and went into our classes where we were introduced to some of the faculty and then begun with introductions. It’s funny how everyone wants to study Architecture because of the creativity while I have no idea what it is besides the definition. I mean, there is a guy in my class who practically knows Architectural and Engineering drawing, all of it. He has about 50% of the first year covered already but he’s a good person and he taught me some of it when I asked. It was obviously a crash course and I couldn’t retain much but still, it was enough learning on the first day. The teacher took a little aptitude test and that’s all that happened.
The first day was kind of, exactly like school but totally different at the same time. It’s a weird thing to explain it like this. It’s like playing a sequel to a computer game, you know the basics and a little about the sequel but everything else is fairly new and surprising. Let’s see how college goes, I can’t say too much on the first day.
P.S. I have Saturdays off too, which is awesome!