A lot has happened since the first week of school, and it would take several posts to go over it all, so I’ll give an overview.
Basically, college has been great. Even though it’s community college, I’ve managed to make several friends and I’m meeting some interesting people (interesting in a good way!). I’ve hung out with a few of them outside of class after initiating we do so through a text or at school and what not, and that’s brought me closer to them. Yuli, K, and Johanna I’ve all gotten to hang out with outside of school and I like them a lot. I’m making several friendships in each of my classes and have made an effort to talk to as many people around me as I can. Some of those people I may not become close friends with, but it’s good to have a friendly classroom relationship with them I think. Facebook has been of course helpful for getting to know some of them better.
I’ve found that the few times I’ve been on my own for lunch, I can’t help but want to talk to the people around me. It’s like I’m in “friend mode” all the time now and I can’t turn it off. Even when it’s a quiet area like a study hall, I secretly hope someone will not be too invested in their homework and will try to talk to me. It’s kind of funny.
The first time I sat on my own at a table I witnessed a guy come out of the cafeteria with a lunch he just bought and ask to sit down at a table where a girl was sitting doing her homework. She smiled and said of course. He sat there quietly, munching on his lunch. She kept studying. At the end, when he finished his lunch and packed up to leave, he slipped a piece of paper over to her, and walked away. I couldn’t help but watch her open it. I saw her expression change from a neutral look to a big smile and she laughed out loud and shook her head and just kept smiling, and reached for her phone to text her friend.
What did the note say? Did he compliment her? Did he leave his number? Did he thank her for allowing him to sit with her or wish her luck with her test? I wondered what the note said and smiled, feeling very fortunate to have been in the right place at the right time to see that. The note seemed to totally make her day and it was so cute to witness. I got the feeling that it was just a friendly message meant to brighten her day, and I just thought that was really cool. I wouldn’t have minded if he had sat next to me!
Then a girl comes and asks if she can sit next to me, and excited I say “Please do!” She sits next to me, and I keep fumbling through my notes for a little while, and she looks at her phone. Inspired by the incident I just witnessed, I start talking to her, asking her about the pizza that she got to start. She was friendly and it was easy to keep talking to her, and we talked about college related things a while. Afterward she said it was really nice talking to me, and I resisted the urge to ask to swap facebooks, and simply said it was nice talking to her too.
That is just one story of many, but I do need to get on to a new goal soon so I won’t be able to post a lot of the other ones. I am planning to write a *book* though and will be able to include a lot more in there! The new year is approaching quickly, and 2011 is coming to a close. It went by so fast!