Okay, it’s definitely time to pound out another post. I know I’ve said this before, but college is finally becoming real. I’m finding time to get this down while my friends are out doing laundry… who needs clean clothes these days anyway?
I’ve learned a lot since I set foot on the OU campus a week ago. It doesn’t seem big and scary anymore and is beginning to feel more and more like the place I belong.
I have friends — lots of them. That’s surely a new aspect of my life. I have been joking with everyone, saying that I have not made so many new friends since first grade. The reality of it, though, is that I really am. Heck, I’ve even started running into people I know around campus. The bad thing is that I can’t seem to remember all of their names. Who’d have thunk!
Aside from the social aspect, college is a good place to be. My classes are (fairly) interesting and I feel like the instructors care more than their assumed reputation. I have a good standing at The Post, the student-run campus newspaper, and have written a pair of stories so far. Not bad for the first week.
On the note of journalism and classes, what this whole blog is supposed to be about, I think I have totally found my niche in my journalism course for the quarter, JFreshman Newsroom. In this, the head of the journalism department has taken the top 20 applicants and provided for us
a hands-on experience in substitute for the more basic journalism 101 class.
This has been right up my alley.
We have mentors that previously took the course who have volunteered to come back and help us. Nobody told them to — it was their idea. We have a pair of professors who Skype in from different timezones. Most of all, we have a highly motivated group of young journalists who I believe will make a huge impact in my life.
I met these guys yesterday and have already spent a night and early morning getting to know several of them, learning more and more about people like me.
Crazy, huh? What a relief.
Lastly, this place is fun. Looking out my window I can see a crew of OU employees setting up a slip-n-slide. Across campus there is another group gathering for the home opener tailgate party. There’s Lady Gaga playing really loud from somewhere. Yeah… life is good.
And to think my friends are out doing laundry. Ha!