So it’s about two weeks into the school year and for the first time ever (I’m not really counting the three years of my life before preschool) I’m not a student!
It’s kind of strange not catching the bus everyday. (GO TRANSIT! Just kidding, that was one of the most frustrating parts of my university life, even if I was contributing to being environmentally friendly.) I miss those familiar classrooms, the hubbub of the halls between lectures, the clutter created by clubs and organisations passing out flyers and blaring music in the Tunnel between buildings, and the inevitably long line at the Starbucks in the library (because even if it is only two weeks into the term, you know everyone’s already freaking out about their course load). I miss walking around the beautiful campus that’s packed with trees, and statues, and buildings that hold so much history.
As for things I don’t miss? That mostly has to do with essay writing and not getting to read for pleasure (reading for pleasure is Amazing!)
So right now, instead of wandering around campus and being part of that buzzing atmosphere, I’m in my house. Alone. Writing this. This—blogging—is actually something I had been looking forward to finally getting a chance to doing once I wasn’t crazy busy with school.
So, that leads me to the nice things about not being a student, I guess. Before, I was working towards a goal of obtaining a degree and soaking in knowledge. Achieving that goal meant following the rules of other people-essay deadlines, reading lists, degree requirements. Now, I’m much more in charge of what I do with myself. I have a goal of becoming a blogger (One that has an audience of more than three people. Shout out to you-know-who-you-are!) and I get to decide how I go about that. Which could prove to be unproductive in the long run, but I’ll let you know how that goes.
As a fresh non-student, I’m trying to figure out my place in the world and follow my dreams, all while doing that super fun grown-up stuff like buying cars and saving up for apartments and making retirement plans. Unless anybody out there wants to do that for me??? Any takers?
So, all in all, not being a student anymore meant that life just got really real (like “I have to make rent!” and “Do I really need to go to the movies with my friends? Sitting at home alone for free is just as fun, right?”). But it also meant that life became really mine. I have so much choice these days, so many opportunities. It’s scary, but it’s pretty awesome.
Who else out there is a fresh non-tuition-paying adult? How do you feel?