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By Ashleigh Evans
Finally, the school year has progressed and we are in our third week. That was more exciting in my head; anymore the classes are becoming routine and mundane. Lecture, notes, lecture, activity, notes, reading and repeat.
Everyone is experiencing this lull, not just freshmen. Honestly though, it still is a little exciting for me, because we are still in the preliminary rounds of introductory lectures.
There seems to be a lot of waiting, at least as classes go. Sadly, just over that horizon of “possibility” there are numerous projects and exams.
I guess you win some and you lose some.
Things have been looking up, considering my downtime is becoming less and less available. As a freshman, I really am trying to become involved in as many organizations as possible. At this point, I think I have a healthy balance of clubs, school and regular social life.
Now, my regular amount is probably very different from someone else’s regular, let’s be honest.
Coming into UK, I knew that there was an abundance of clubs and organizations that you could involve yourself in, but I had no idea that they were so extensive.
My high school just had a small group of clubs you could join and were pretty general regarding the type of club. I am still really impressed that there is such a wide range available.
I mean, there are major specific clubs; you have no idea how baffled I am by this (but in a good way, I promise). Honestly, I feel like Aladdin’s “A Whole New World” should be playing somewhere right now.
Adjusting is becoming easier as the weeks progress.
I feel like a majority of freshmen either really miss home or are completely fine. As usual, I fall in the middle of that spectrum.
“Adjusting” is such a broad term when I think about it. I say that I’m still adjusting to college life, which includes not only the college but the various activities and culture.
Lately though, I feel like I have needed a helping hand on understanding this weather. Since when did the roads become a river? I had no idea that I needed a boat to cross the street.
Along those lines, how do you prepare for these sudden changes? College is costing too much money. I have never needed to buy a pair of rainboots in my entire life.
Nor have I ever had to learn so much new vocabulary about food alone. I am still really confused as to what Ale-8-One tastes like. I’ve heard it tastes like Sprite but also that it tastes like ginger-flavored ginger ale. What does that mean? What is burgoo?
It is still very interesting learning all of this about Kentucky’s culture.
UK has proved to be a home away from home, but like anything, it takes time and getting used to. I really have enjoyed my experience so far and cannot wait to fully understand Kentucky.
Ashleigh Evans is an ISC freshman. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.