Since the first few days of April have graced us with their presence (where did the interminable, dreary days of February go?!), I thought it appropriate to talk about something that many current MC students are familiar with: transferring! It's kind of the end-all be-all of Montgomery College; transfer with the right amount of credits or your AA/AS/AAT/AAS to a 4-year institution's program. I, too, am currently in this stage of my MC career. This is my last semester here, and I've already been accepted to my university of choice. I am now rushing about like a chicken who met Mme. Guillotine gathering information for scholarships, financial aid, orientation, registration (O_O), and housing. I was actually blessed to meet a woman through a friend at my church who lives close to my "Uni," and I plan to live with her and a few other girls off-campus. The aforementioned has been the bane of so many people's existence. For some reason, it irks their souls to know that I will likely never have the full "college experience."
Take last Friday, for example. I was at a meeting at my church, and afterwards was kind of like the "milling-about-to-awkwardly-talk-and-pretending-not-to-be-hungry-whilst-greedily-eyeing-that-luscious-chocolate-cake" time. I was more laughing inwardly at the conversations I saw going on, and suddenly I was thrown into the middle of a conversation with a girl that I had kind of met but she didn't really remember me or realize that I had been there the first time I saw her. Awkward. But we pushed past that, and I was asking my reacquainted acquaintance about college and whatnot (she graduated). She then proceeded to ask me, and she gave me a pursed lip kind of "Oh....well that's nice" smile when I mentioned that I attended MC. But I'd grown accustomed to that when I was homeschooled, so I paid it no mind. She then proceeded to ask me if I was going to be staying on campus when I transferred. I cheerily explained the housing situation and how I was excited to be off-campus. She looked appalled.
"Oh...well...you're going to have to work really extra hard to make friends, then. Since you won't be staying on campus and all. Like, you won't really be able to be involved with campus life and stuff, and me staying on campus was how I made a LOT of my friends when I was in college. You should stay on campus!"
I looked appalled. Double super extra hard blink. Prim smile. Head tilt. Tongue bite to prevent a slew of angry words from spilling out.
Now, unbeknownst to many who have read my mouthy writing and meet me at some type of social function, I am actually a pretty quiet, shy and introverted (no, those are not synonyms or the result of my home education) person. If I know somebody well, I can sometimes gab for days, but for the most part, I'd prefer to observe the dynamics of a group or room full of people before thrusting myself into it headlong. And if talking is necessary, I prefer a deep, one-on-one conversation. Just always been that way. I didn't expect this girl to know this about me, but I did not appreciate being told what to do and why. I futilely explained that I was an introvert; being around too many people drained my energy, and I liked having my own space to go to without being around 10 million souls. Still she insisted, saying that I wasn't going to get the full "college experience." Hey, I've worked at making friends before, and I can do it again. It can be awkward, but what about being a young adult in this phase of life isn't?
Annoyed as I was by her, she gave me pause. I am not a traditional person when it comes to education; I don't see the merit in doing what everybody else does just because that's what's always been done. I'll take a class simply for the irony of it or do things differently just because that's not what's done or mainstream (does that make me an edu-hipster??). And for some reason, that bothers people. It irritates them. They can't wait to tell me how I won't "get" to do what "everybody else" does/did/will do.
Honestly, I could care less. But, what I want to know is, what is this vague "full college experience" that people keep saying I'll miss? And why does it matter that I get it? What if I don't give two fur balls about it? What if I want to do something else? The sky hasn't fallen. Lightning hasn't struck me. My insides haven't turned inside-out on me. The Earth is still spinning on its axis and going round the Sun. Some people are trying to figure out where to get their next meal, how to get another job to feed their family, or just stay warm.
But yet, somewhere, somebody is worried that I won't be living in uncomfortably close quarters with 5,000+ students my age? Huh.
What's your take on this whole "college experience" thing? Please leave your thoughts below; I'd love to read them!
Kimmie's Thursday Tunes:
http://youtu.be/uT3SBzmDxGk 2CELLOS | Thunderstruck
http://youtu.be/U4SPzmpjG7U 2CELLOS | Every Teardrop is a Waterfall
I love these guys! I can't remember if I've shared their work before, but they are amazing absolutely! I love anybody who can take classical and weld it seamlessly with contemporary music and create a glorious aural mishmash of wonderment. But, I digress. Let their talent speak for itself (themselves?)!