Today was my first full day in Alaska!
I used Lyft for the first time, which went well, and checked in to my campus housing before 9 am. I’m sharing an apartment with 3 other girls, and so far everyone has been amazingly nice.
I unpacked a tiny bit and then set off for New Student Orientation. Orientation was planned for a full 7 hours, and I was not expecting too much. All new students are required to attend, but I had no idea who that would be at spring semester.
Turns out, I met some very cool people. Yes, some of the presentations were long. There were a lot of people I didn’t talk to, and our campus tour guide spoke very quietly. Those not so great things aren’t as important as the upsides.
There was free food all day. I got to know the campus and the programs better than I would have so quickly otherwise.
Mainly, on my first day completely alone in a new city, I made some friends. We played laser tag, so it’s official now.
It was an amazingly busy day with only one event, but I’m super happy that I went. (Note awkward rhyming in that sentence). This was an example to me of when participation counts. I nearly let myself miss a great opportunity to meet people because I was afraid orientation would be boring.
Expecting the worst doesn’t get me anywhere, but deciding to jump in and participate does. No matter what, giving 100% to what I’m doing makes it more fun. That’s something I need to remember more often.
Best of luck as everyone heads back to school for the new semester. Remember to jump in! Goodnight.