College is once again becoming the go-to route for education, but that shouldn’t be the only path. Students should have other options for seeking higher education.
Students Who Are New To Online Learning
Welcome to #student22,
For the first time this term I am eligible to be an in-person club/speaker at our campus. I’ve been encouraged by one of my faculty mentors, and she encouraged me to explore this opportunity. The second I got my date confirmation I was totally sold; she is just so nice, the IFC events are always super fun, and it would be a great opportunity to hang out with other young women. So last night I made sure I was in the right mindset by reading a few journals, planning what I would say, and mentally putting myself in a motivational stance.
I think the stress started getting to me because it was such a quick transition from having no group address to having two meetups in the next two weeks with two different groups. So when I decided to get on the bus to campus, I wasn’t feeling myself because I was so ready to attend our first group event. I started to get slightly more comfortable with the situation as we got on the bus. We started off the night with a dance party, which was cool because I had no idea what the party was about. I realized it was all pre-arranged for the students, who had no idea and just wanted to have fun, so I was just supporting my friends. At one point, I was dancing with my friend when I noticed two guys walking around the open space around me. This is when I really started to get worried because I didn’t really know what was going on. Of course, I knew they were two students who were new to our campus, and that we had not discussed anything in advance, but I just didn’t feel comfortable with it, especially at a live event. I would have appreciated it if we discussed before the event, and we even discussed what we thought we should do when there wasn’t much to talk about. But I still kept some chill.
Because we got so much attention, the two guys decided to walk toward us. “Excuse me,” I said with a smile. “They really like you!” I was so excited that both of the guys noticed me, even though I knew them already. I thought it was so cute that they were so supportive and welcoming, and I wanted to join in, which I didn’t want to do because I’m new, and they seemed so awesome. I just kind of stuck to myself for a bit to kind of avoid the two guys, but they kept walking towards me. I was so excited that I didn’t want to smile at them because I didn’t want to make them uncomfortable.
The one guy was a senior who was also new to our campus, so we introduced ourselves to each other, and as we talked, I didn’t really understand what he was saying. I thought he was just being very shy and shyly clapping at me, but he kept repeating phrases like “yas” and “awesome.” I didn’t really know what to say, and I was like, “okay, cool, let’s just chat.” There was a short dance break and then the guys came to me and asked if I had anyone I wanted to take home to dinner. They also got my friends and I to participate in a scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt had a lot of math problems, which was kind of hard since I’m not great at math. Then they brought out some wine and started talking to me about our college. They were both very professional and were so smooth, and I was kind of intimidated when they told me they had been doing this for like six years. But I wanted to take this opportunity because I would be meeting a lot of new people from all different areas and had really never gotten to know anyone, so this was a huge opportunity for me. So, I decided to go with it. It was super awkward when I realized one of the guys was older, and I was scared that he might not want to talk to me after that. That was a nerve-wracking part, but I tried to strike up conversations with everyone.
After the event, I met the two guys again and they were so pretty and charming. We went bowling and I really enjoyed our fun evening together. They didn’t really notice me while I was with them, but I could see them looking at me. When I got back, I had my eye on the one guy. I couldn’t look away! I think when people aren’t used to you looking at them, it’s really stressful and they feel awkward around you, but at the same time it’s so important to use the space as a learning opportunity. I think this was such a new opportunity, and