A window inside life at Augustana College

Moving Forward

You would think, or I least I did, that by leaving high school you leave all the high school issues behind. By that, I mean all the stereotypes or cliques you thought were only in high school. Today, I realized this wasn’t the case. There are all types of people here. Jocks, klutzes, the obnoxiously loud ones, the ones where you just question what’s going on in their head, even the ones that make you wonder how they would ever get into college. They’re all here. Granted I only saw them for a few hours but generally it’s pretty easy to where people fit in in high school. I’m not saying that I don’t like these types of people, at least not all of them, but it made me realize that college isn’t gonna be that different from high school as far as the people go. And if that’s the case, then what else is gonna be eerily similar to high school. I’m just saying this “adjustment” might not be too hard in the end if the people remain exactly the same. We’re told that we can reinvent ourselves here. I wonder how many of us actually can and how many of us are too used to the personality we’ve built up over the past twelve years or so.

I’m one of those people who really likes who he is right now and plans to continue being good ol’ me. Sure, I’ll try to fix a few character flaws of mine, especially ones that come to social interactions, but for the most part I plan on being the same, witty, good-humored, sardonic, and incredibly handsome person that I was in high school, because, to be honest, I’m pretty awesome. And if you don’t know that know, you probably will soon enough.

People were nervous today. People expected people to be nervous today. What was there to be nervous about? It’s not like they would let us mess anything up. Maybe they were scared that their ID picture would turn out poorly or that once the teachers got us away from our parents, they would turn all crazy on us or something. Food poisoning maybe? I don’t know. To me, there wasn’t a reason to be nervous. If anything I was just excited to get so much stuff finalized. I think what some of us still need to realize is that after they accepted us they do everything they can to make us choose them. That means that they’re gonna be as nice as possible until they’ve gotten that first check from us. Then we’re theirs and they can show their true colors if it is any different than what they show us now. But until then, everyone is gonna be incredibly nice and supportive towards you because, believe it or not, you can still change your mind. To anyone who still has Summer Connection to get through: There is nothing to worry about. Unless you get a huge zit the night before. Then you might as well just not show up.

I was surprised by the number of people who had no idea what classes they wanted to sign up for in the Fall. Granted, I was probably more enthusiastic than others and already looked at the website to see what courses were recommended for me. But for some, I feel they had less than four hours to figure out a significant portion of their life. In addition to that I was surprised by the amount of people who had trouble physically signing up for classes. It was an incredibly simple, if fairly old-school, way of signing up. Yet so many had difficulty finding Spanish in the drop down menu or something. Maybe it had something to do with all the staff there treating us like we had never used a computer before. I don’t know.

Don’t get me wrong, my overall impression was very positive. (The food’s great, by the way!) I just feel like you’ll get all thew great stuff in the other posts. Here you’ll get everything else. Well, that’s it for now. Until next time. Later, Augie!


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