After many long months of eager anticipation, I finally made the move from childhood to collegehood. (Not to be confused with adulthood, which comes at a point in one’s life when taxes and apartment decor are prevalent.) Let me share with you a little bit about my new setup.

I’m living
in an all-freshman dorm with 98 other freshmen planning on pursuing degrees across all academic disciplines, and 6 upper classmen serving as residential advisors. I use a little magnetic key card to get in and out of the dorm building, as well as the dining hall and outdoor courtyard. Our dorm is part of a larger all-freshman residential complex which is adjacent to beach volleyball courts, basketball courts, a large field, and picnic benches. I get around mostly by bike, but I also use the free shuttle provided by the university on occasion to get to a nearby shopping complex.

I’m learning about
languages. Particularly Portuguese, French and Arabic. I’m also taking a class on linguistics. Despite the fact that I love languages, it’s probably the last linguistics class I will ever take. I’m thinking about going more business/communications focused…

I’m with
the brightest, most talented, most intellectual, most inspiring, most motivated, most motivating kids on the face of the earth. Everybody here is impassioned by literature, or science, or engineering, or calculus, or media, or religion, or daoism, or premarital sex in the Congo, or the density of black holes, or manipulating genomes, or French cheese. Nobody here is afraid to love to learn. This is by far the most incredibly vibrant and intellectually stimulating environment I have ever experienced. At the same time, this is the most fun environment I have ever experienced. I’m with my friends.

I’m currently
sitting in my ridiculously comfortable bed, eating spoonfuls of dry Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds from the same bowl I used to eat dry Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds last night. AKA: living the life.

Written by Catherine Goetze

Catherine Goetze www.cathincollege.com Find me on social media! Facebook: www.facebook.com/cathincollege Twitter: @catherinegoetze Instagram: @catherinegoetze SnapChat: @catherinegoetze Contact me: cathincollege@gmail.com

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