Hello, my lovely bookish friends! Since I was home for my October break this past weekend, I thought I would write a longer update post while I have some extra time. I have a crazy number of updates to talk about in this post, so let’s get right to it!
At the end of August I started my first year of college at Wheaton College in Norton, MA (woo hoo!). Over the summer I suspected that I would be incredibly busy once the school year started, so I basically scheduled posts in advance for the entire month of September. Long story short, the posts you’ve been seeing over the past weeks were written in the summer months as I drank iced tea, soaked up the sunshine, and fantasized about what college would be like. This is why I haven’t been commenting much on other blogs or responding to the comments on my own, for which I’m really sorry! My plan was that I would have plenty of time over the month of September to schedule posts in advance for October, and that my blogging schedule would stay pretty much the same as it was.
Boy, was I wrong! It turns out that free time in college is sort of a myth, because a) there’s always homework you could be doing, and b) chances are that when you’re not doing homework you’re hanging out with friends. Also, I have very little time to read for pleasure because of all the homework I have to do, so the number of books I have to review is slowly dwindling. Since beginning college I’ve read a grand total of two books, both of which were assigned reading for my Introduction to Literature class (if you’re wondering, they were Hamlet by William Shakespeare and Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe). I really miss reading for pleasure on a daily basis, and I’m still trying to work on fitting it into my schedule. If you have any tips on how to find time to read in college, they would be greatly appreciated!
I’m not really sure what my future blogging schedule will look like. My reserve of scheduled posts has run dry, so now I will truly be blogging whenever I have free time. This might translate into a longer weekly update post, a few short posts a week, or maybe another massive apologetic post the next time I’m on some sort of mini-break from school (Thanksgiving?). I really hate not being able to maintain the nearly daily posting schedule that I’ve kept up for so long, but it just isn’t feasible for me in college at this point. Hopefully I’ll find a way to post more often!
I’M IN COLLEGE. I have to remind myself of this regularly because it still doesn’t feel like it sometimes. How am I this old? *insert teenage life crisis here*
First and foremost, I love Wheaton. (Also, important distinction: I go to the one in Norton, Massachusetts, not the one in Illinois.) Everything about it is fantastic: the people, the professors, the campus, etc. No college is perfect, of course, but I can honestly say that I can’t imagine myself going to college anywhere but here. If you’re ever in the area or are looking into colleges to attend in the future, definitely check this one out!
Remember when I made this post about my class schedule for the first semester? Yeah, that changed. Before classes even started I decided to switch out my Logic class for Introduction to Literature, which was coincidentally at the exact same time on the exact same days. I’m so happy I made this switch because I’ve met a lot of great people in the class and my professor is awesome. It was a bit of a hassle to get all the books for the class at the last-minute, but it was completely worth it!
Because I’m taking two 200 level classes (Spanish 220 and Intro to Lit 201) I have A LOT of homework. In fact, I should definitely be doing homework instead of writing this post, but everyone deserves a break every once in a while, right? At first it was a little overwhelming, but now that I’ve settled in more I’ve learned to just buckle down and do it. Most of it is actually really interesting, especially for my Lit and Spanish classes.
Now, I’m sure you’re all asking a very important question: What does my dorm room look like? Here’s a quick picture of my side of the room:
I actually really like my dorm room and residence hall. The people on my floor are all super nice and friendly, and it’s a great feeling to know that if I ever needed anything I have people who I can go to for help. The best part of it is that two of my best friends live only two doors down the hall from me, which means that we can basically hang out all the time.
I live in a wellness dorm, otherwise known as a substance free residence hall. Essentially this means that there are more severe consequences for having drugs and alcohol in the residence hall itself. If anyone has any questions or is wondering whether or not such a living situation would be a good fit for them, feel free to leave a comment letting me know!
Overall, college has been a great experience so far. There have been many ups and downs as well as some crazy stories to tell, but it’s all part of the college experience. I’m so grateful to have made such an amazing group of friends and I can’t wait to see what Wheaton has in store for us in the future!
Is there anything else you would like an update on? Let me know in the comments section below!
Like I said, I’ll try to post more often in the near future. Hopefully I’ll be able to find time to blog more regularly!
As always, have a lovely day!