Well, it’s officially Orientation Week at my University and the new students/on-campus residents have arrived to move into their dorms. I decided to wander down today to pick up a book for my Introduction to Psychology class which I’d added to my schedule at the last minute. It turns out that this textbook cost me as much as all of my other textbooks combined. Which doesn’t bother me THAT much I guess. I live in a sketchy area of my city and I’ve been pondering buying a weapon like a baseball bat in case someone were to ever break into my home while I was asleep. This book seems heavy enough to beat someone to death with though. So, two birds with one stone.
My University campus is really strange compared to most other Universities out there. It’s situated in the downtown core of my city and it’s a campus which is situated about an hour away from the “Main” campus. Rather than having one big area only for the University, it is instead a mix of downtown core buildings and scattered old buildings converted into University facilities.
So as you pass by people in the street, you will pass a student, student, teacher, drug addict, drug addict, student, civilian, drug dealer, gangster, student, homeless man, drug addict. It’s wonderful, I can already smell the school spirit. 😀
Today gave me the chills a little bit, I’m sure not too many of you have guessed this already, because I’m so good with my composure in writing, but I have MAD social anxiety!!! So, as I walked the streets and groups of students were screaming out to each other, chanting school cheers – I just wanted to put my head down and get the hell out of there! These young people… It’s hard to believe I was once one of them, and now I’m of the ancient 30’s group of people. (I know, I know it’s not that old, and I’m sure all of you 40 + are feeling pretty sour about that statement, but compared to these young hooligans it feels that way.) 😛
I can tell that some of these kids have come straight from high-school with their old identities still in tact. (The Jocks, The Preps, The Geeks etc.) The loud ones that like to constantly shout for attention are usually the type who make me cringe the hardest. I’m happy that I won’t be getting involved in any of that drama, I’ll be going to my classes and just focusing on my work. They can keep their social cliques.
I’ve also volunteered with a program which aims to help kids in elementary school with their creative writing. So, I had to get a vulnerable sector background check application put through at the Police Station. I’d figured this could help my career in some small way, reveal more of my strengths/weaknesses and I enjoy helping kids to grow, so perhaps it will be good for my soul. If not, then it’s only for a few months anyways. They might inspire me to create some cool creative works, give me character ideas or help me to create some fun short fictions.
Now I have one week to finish this novel I’ve been reading, “The Catcher in the Rye” before my school experience really begins to chew up most of my time. (Great book so far by the way). I believe it inspired the guy who murdered John Lennon of the Beatles back in the day, although, I’ve still yet to find my inspiration for murder in it.
Still excited and nervous, and looking forward to the weeks ahead.
Take care and best wishes. I hope you’re all having a great start to your week.