So if you couldn't tell by my title, I am FINALLY at Cal!! Woot, woot, go Bears!!
It's been a pretty exciting two weeks. For an international student like me, orientation was pretty informative (Berklish 101, anyone?) and I also got to meet a whole bunch of people who, just like me, had dived into American culture head first. This is my first trip to the States, and I am loving it!
Can I just mention how much I'm loving Cal too? I've been here for just over a week, and already walking through campus I feel like I belong here and I just cant help but smile! It's crazy, but Lower Sproul, Sather Gate, the Campanile... all things I'd heard about so much but never, ever seen and now they're right here! There's something in hearing the bells of the Campanile throughout the day that instills a sense of euphoria in me. (Ask me again in two weeks, when all the bells will remind me of is that I have class and homework due, and I may have a different reaction :P)
I managed to do my laundry and not make my clothes pink, which was definitely an achievement. Motivation is no issue either, I'm surrounded by people exactly like me, we work hard but we make time to play a hand of cards in the common room every so often. Being on my own is definitely a pretty liberating feeling. Being completely in charge of my own time, even my own clothes, for the first time is terrifying, but we have some pretty awesome "parties" down in the laundry room if I do say so myself. You'd be surprised at the number of bumbling students just like me who've never reaaaaally had to do their laundry before!
So here I am, Cal, just about as ready as I can be.
From my own short experience, I can tell you, if you're new here, like me, go get lost on campus. It's probably the best thing that could happen to you right now ;)
You see, I'm so excited to be here that even my thoughts seem slightly disconnected!
I can't wait to explore some more, but for now, I should head back to my desk. All that reading to do!!
Hope you're all enjoying yourself,