Today was a stressful, however, oddly pleasant day. It was my first time attending school in another country, and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I stayed up last night, envisioning different scenarios of what College would be like. I wondered if it would be like something I’d seen in the movies, or one of my favorite shows.
After a while, I realized I wasn’t going to fall asleep, so I decided to try on the outfit I had planned for my first day once more. My outfit was CLEAN!! I mean I have to give it up for myself I looked great. I was no longer concerned about my classes. At that point, I was more concerned about whether I looked like a college student and what people would think of my African accent.
Before I knew it the angry vibration of my alarm forced me out of my blissful rest, and it was time to go to class. As I exited my dorm (hostel), I remember looking around and noticing the calm and relaxed expression on students faces. I was in awe. This was extremely different from high school, we were actually free! My moment of joy was immediately cut short when I realized I had five minutes to get to class. I looked down at my planner, I was supposed to be at Carnegie. I whispered to myself “Carnegie, Carnegie … where is Carnegie”. I was a little hesitant to ask for directions due to my shy nature at the time. Luckily, the person I met was nice and pointed out the building to me.
I somehow managed to miss ten minutes of the lecture in my first class, despite my efforts to get there on time. When the time came to head to my next class, I realized it was in a different building. I thought to myself “Here we go again”. I ended up arriving late, but this time I wasn’t as bothered. During my second class, I met a guy named Akin, it was very comforting to meet a fellow Nigerian. We talked and exchanged numbers and went our separate ways. Overall it was a pretty interesting day, I can’t really complain.
To future college students, college in America is nothing like the movies portray it to be. It is something that should be taken much more seriously. People expect to come into college to party, make friends and engage in several different activities. However, it is important to be cautious that in college negative habits are easily formed, and one can easily lose their moral values. This isn’t to say be afraid of college, rather, make use of your time on campus. Network, make connections with other students, and be disciplined in your field of study. I thank God for the BLW campus ministry. It kept me focused and reminded me about my purpose in College.