PART 2 Continued from Part 1
I was feeling pumped after my great start to the day and marched into my first class, International Relations, with confidence.
I did a silly thing however and planted myself at a desk isolated from people already seated. That was kind of dumb. You can’t talk to people if you aren’t sitting next to people. Luckily, the seats around me filled quickly. The room was uncomfortably quiet, however, and I hesitated to break the silence.
Even so, I turned to my left and started talking to the girl next to me. I introduced myself and she did the same. When I asked her where she went to high school, I thought she said the name of my town! I thought that was crazy! Excited, I said, “Really?! Me too! How do I not know you?”
She looked at me, confused. Then I felt confused. “You did say (name of my town), right?”
“No I said Indonesia!” she exclaimed.
I laughed at the mix up, and admitted with an amused smile that I wasn’t from Indonesia then.
She smiled. She told me she’d only been here (the U.S.) a month, which surprised me and I told her. She has great English! She was flattered and thanked me for saying that. I was talking a lot to her and asking questions, and I actually started to worry I was talking TOO much. I decided to be a little quieter.
I found out that she had a similar schedule to me and we both had about a two hour break after this class before our next classes. I thought about asking her if she wanted to have lunch, but I was afraid that I had talked too much earlier and she might find me annoying. I decided to not ask in case I was being overly friendly.
The class started and the syllabus was intimidating with all the work to be done in the class. We were given an assignment and were told we could work with other people around us. To summarize, I introduced myself to Erica in front of me, K to my diagonal, and Aileen on my right, and brought Yuli into the group too. The teacher beamed at us as were introducing ourselves and laughing- the assignment was baffling us all (filling in the countries of a blank Middle East map). To my surprise, many of the others in the class stuck to themselves in hesitation.
After class we all gathered our things, and Erica turned to say bye to me before she left. I stood up to leave and Yuli did too, and wouldn’t you know it, she said “Come! Let’s have lunch together!”
I was delightfully surprised that she wanted to have lunch and was relieved that I hadn’t talked too much earlier. I smiled and said “Yeah that would be great!”
So we had lunch together and she told me all about Indonesia and I told her about America. Our cultures and experiences didn’t really sound that different. We wandered around the campus together and it was really nice. I felt comfortable with her already. I noticed several people on their own at lunch reading or whatever else. I was glad I had made a friend already and didn’t have to eat alone.
After nearly two hours of talking, walking, and sitting, it was time to part ways for our classes, and I swapped numbers with her too.
Swing dance class was next. Soon enough, I started talking with one of the girls waiting outside the class. Turns out she’s a professional belly dancer despite her petite figure. We stuck together the rest of the class.
Afterward in salsa class, I was approached for the first time. The guy leaning against the wall next to me started talking to me, and I was glad someone came up to me. When we entered the class he met another guy, and then I met the other guy too, and we all became friends. We lined up side by side smiling as we got ready to learn the salsa. They were both friendly, nice guys and I was glad we had already become friends.
And that concludes my first day of college. It could not have gone any better!