The week before finals is probably not the best time for an enthusiastic look at my first semester in college. However, I have almost made it! And on the whole I have definitely enjoyed these past few months. They have definitely been a time of adjustment, but during the process of adapting to college life far from my family and friends, I feel that I have gained some direction about how the next few years will unfold. I have applied to the Arabic Flagship Program, had initial meetings with study abroad advisors for the Netherlands and France, had my first Linguistics class (which I love), and begun volunteering at the NAL collection.
- The Arabic Flagship and Arabic Club: I’ve learned so much during this first semester, and I can’t wait to learn more of the language and become more involved with the program.
- Volunteering at the Native American Languages Collection at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, aka the NAL at SNMONH. The name alone is so long, and I’ve enjoyed it so much, I’ll just have to write another post to explain it. I can’t believe I haven’t done so already!
- Biking where it’s flat
- Spontaneous friendships and surprising overlaps: Definitely not something I was expecting, but it’s really nice when you meet someone in class, and then you run into them at the Caf or at Crossroads.
- Interlibrary loan. Being able to order books from practically any library in the country? Enough said.
- Warning: if you are 863 miles or so from home, Thanksgiving with its family focus might intensify your homesickness. I recommend finding friends who will invite your over.
- It’s okay sometimes to put extracurricular activities ahead of getting homework done. Of course studying is important, but staying in your room and doing homework without any human interaction is not always the best plan for your mental health.
- Don’t get sick. But you probably won’t be able to help it. And if you do, at least you can skip class for an appointment instead of trying to schedule appointments around classes.
- The Office of Records in Buchanan Hall prints out free transcripts.
- If you have a bike but not a car, Homeland on Lindsey Street and the CVS at Campus Corners are very handy for not super athletic people.
- Try to get a relative to send you a card so you have proof of residence for a public library card. (The main library in Norman is also within biking distance)
- And sometimes you just need a happy piece of toast