Down Turn

Wow, I am kind of a boring person! I have never really been the type of person who will just go out and drink and party and do all of that “fun” stuff. I probably never will be that person! And really, I’m ok with that. I have nothing against going out and partying, it’s just not for me. I am definitely more of a social/sophisticated drinker. I would much rather have a glass of wine at a dinner or something cheesy like that. I have had too much stupid drunkenness in my past to find it remotely enjoyable.

But I am usually not the type of person to spend my Friday night studying either. I love being good in school and getting good grades and excelling, but I am not very willing to sacrifice my social life for such a thing! That however is exactly what I am doing tonight. I am sitting with three other girls in a room studying. Well, actually  I am writing this post, but I am supposed to be studying. Like going out and partying, there is nothing wrong with this, in fact it is probably a lot better, but not quite my thing.

If I were to have the perfect Friday night, it would  involve me and a group of friends getting together and watching a movie, or playing guitar hero, or maybe even going outside and playing a round of star tipping or tag or something! I am a social person, I want to do stuff!!

My biggest fear is that it might be me: am I intimidating? do I look unapproachable?



Let’s just go on the assumption that I just haven’t found my nitch yet… My hope is that when I get into more of the clubs and activities (that I know I will be in) I will start to find the people who will really be interested in the same things I am, and maybe even hope for the same perfect friday night.

*Sigh* so yes, this night poses as a little down turn in my college career, but I’m thinking I should just take this with stride because I am pretty sure there are worse turns to come… but let’s just focus on the better, yeah, I like better!!

Wish me luck!!


New Traditions

Traditions are a key part of any culture. It brings people together, it creates a sense of community and acceptance, and it gives people something to bond over. There are the traditions everyone knows about, like opening one present on Christmas Eve or handing out candy to kids on Halloween. Then there are other traditions that are more like rituals, like a whole family getting together for the first game of the season or a group of high school friends meeting up at least once a year to catch up on old times. There are some traditions that help you remember the past and others that encourage you accept the future.

Tonight I was introduced to a new tradition that I am really excited to be a part of. It is the greatest thing ever, called Septembertime! “Do you remember, the 21 night of September? Ba-dey-ya!!” Yeah, we went there. So every night in Septermber the students of Luther College gather in a predetermined place and just dance to “September” by Earth, Wind, and Fire. It seems like the most ridiculous thing in the world, and well, it kind of is. That is what makes it so much fun though! It is just a huge, random, group of people who just want to have fun and make friends and be part of a group. It is definitely a tradition that I plan on keeping up with in the next four years!

Traditions, they make us who we are. They have influenced our choices since we have been children and will continue to effect our lives! I personally am ok with that. Bring on the traditions, bring on the friendships made, bring on the dance!

Sink or swim

I feel as if the first day of anything new or scary is a very defining moment of how the next chapter of your life is going to work out. You are either going to sink, or you’re going to swim. Sometimes the answer isn’t obvious, but deep down it’s definitely there.

Today was my first day, and like all firsts, it was intense. There was a lot of information thrown at me all at once, but I believe that how you handle that information is what tells a lot. In any normal situation, I am not the type of person who is ok with not knowing what is going on. But being the new experience this is, I had no clue what to expect. So I believe that, considering my personality, I did pretty dang good!

Another important factor is whether you can multitask. Are you able to take in all of this information and still have the energy to put yourself out there and make friends? This is huge. You have to go out and get to know people! I guess you could say you’re sinking because you didn’t make any friends and now no one is there to save you. Woops! Besides swimming is so much more fun when you’re not a loner!

But the true determinate of whether you are going to make it in the next chapter of your life is how you feel about the situation, no strings attached. Without thinking about the people you did or didn’t meet or the information you could or couldn’t handle, do you see yourself here? Do you feel that this has the slightest chance of hope? If you do, then no matter how close you think you feel to drowning, you have proven to yourself that you just might learn how to swim. Maybe you’re not quite Michael Phelps material, but come on, this is college!