When Will it Hit Me That I'm in College?

These​ ​past​ ​few​ ​weeks​ ​I​ ​have​ ​done​ ​everything​ ​from​ ​outdoor​ ​yoga​ ​classes​ ​to​ ​live comedian​ ​shows,​ ​all​ ​in​ ​a​ ​different​ ​state​ ​surrounded​ ​by​ ​new​ ​people,​ ​so​ ​it’s​ ​no​ ​wonder​ ​I feel​ ​as if​ ​I​ ​was​ ​sent​ ​away​ ​to​ ​summer​ ​camp.​ ​​ ​I​ ​mean​ ​yeah,​ ​I​ ​still​ ​have​ ​homework​ ​and quizzes,​ ​but​ ​I​ ​have​ ​met​ ​so​ ​many​ ​new​ ​people​ ​and​ have ​new​ ​things​ ​to​ ​do​ ​each​ ​day; ​it​ ​has​ ​been​ ​so​ ​refreshing​ ​and​ ​exhilarating.​ ​​ ​So​ ​what​ ​led​ ​me​ ​to​ ​this conclusion​ ​that​ ​my​ ​first​ ​semester​ ​goes​ ​toe​ ​to​ ​toe​ ​with​ ​summer​ ​camp​ ​is because ​naturally,​ ​I started​ ​out​ ​with​ ​a​ ​leadership​ ​retreat.​ ​​ ​I​ ​moved​ ​in​ ​four​ ​days​ ​early​ ​to​ ​join​ ​the​ ​I​ ​Am​ ​Chapman Emerging​ ​Leaders​ ​Retreat,​ ​which​ ​taught​ ​us​ ​different​ ​perspectives​ ​of​ ​the​ ​world​ ​we​ ​live in.​ ​We​ ​talked​ ​about​ ​identity,​ ​politics,​ ​and​ ​activism​ during ​each​ ​meeting.​ ​​ ​Every​ ​night​ ​was​ ​very emotional​ ​and​ ​mentally​ ​exhausting,​ ​as​ ​I​ ​imagine​ ​summer​ ​camp​ ​would​ ​leave​ ​me.​ ​​ ​We​ ​even went​ ​on​ ​field​ ​trips​ ​to​ ​the​ ​California​ ​African​ ​American​ ​Museum​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Museum​ ​of Tolerance,​ ​both​ ​which​ ​were​ ​equally​ ​enlightening​ ​and​ ​frightening,​ ​and​ ​left​ ​us​ ​to​ ​reflect​ ​on not​ ​only​ ​the​ ​state​ ​of​ ​the​ ​world​ ​but​ ​also​ ​what​ ​part​ ​we​ ​had​ ​in​ ​saving​ ​it.

Then​ ​orientation​ ​week​ ​started.​ ​​ ​The​ ​move​ ​in​ ​day​ ​was​ ​so​ ​busy;​ ​I​ ​mostly​ ​avoided​ ​my room​ ​except​ ​for​ ​meeting​ ​my​ ​roommates.​ ​There​ ​was​ ​Playfair​ ​and​ ​Chapman​ ​After​ ​Dark, to​ ​which​ ​the​ ​objective​ ​was​ ​to​ ​meet​ ​a​ ​bunch​ ​of​ ​freshmen​ ​at​ ​the​ ​same​ ​time,​ ​which​ ​was accomplished...​ but​ ​now​ ​I​ ​barely remember any​ ​of​ ​their​ ​names.​ ​​ ​The​ ​rest​ ​of​ ​the week​ ​was​ ​more​ ​introduction​ ​to​ ​classes​ ​and​ ​sessions​ ​that​ ​discussed​ ​sexual​ ​and​ ​drug abuse,​ ​but​ ​at​ ​night​ ​it​ ​really​ ​did​ ​feel​ ​like​ ​a​ ​big​ ​sleepover​, ​because​ ​I​ ​would​ ​text​ ​a​ ​friend​ saying,​ ​“meet​ ​me​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Henley​ ​basement,”​ ​or​ ​“you​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Circle?”​ ​and​ ​we’d​ ​go to ​get​ ​gelato​ ​or play​ ​pool​ ​or​ ​watch​ ​the​ ​season​ ​finale​ ​of​ ​Game​ ​of​ ​Thrones.​ ​​ ​So​ ​many​ ​things​ ​were planned​ ​for​ ​Orientation,​ ​and​ ​many​ ​more​ ​unplanned​ ​spur​ ​of​ ​the​ ​moment​ ​adventures arose,​ ​Club​ ​Galaxy,​ ​a​ ​sitar​ ​concert,​ ​a​ ​dance​ ​performance,​ ​midnight​ ​donut​ ​runs,​ ​going to a​ ​footlong​ ​burrito​ ​place,​​ ​went​ ​to​ ​multiple​ ​outdoor​ ​malls, walked​ ​Newport​ ​beach,​ ​went​ ​to​ ​a​ ​friend's​ ​house​ ​in​ ​Costa​ ​Mesa​ ​and​ ​tried​ ​to​ ​steal​ ​their cat​ ​for​ ​my​ ​dorm,​ ​went​ ​to​ ​trivia​ ​night,​ ​been​ ​serenaded​ ​out​ ​of​ ​my​ ​dorm​ ​window,​ ​bought tickets​ ​to​ ​Ty​ ​Dollar​ ​$ign​ ​and​ ​Imagine​ ​Dragons,​ ​went​ ​to​ ​a​ ​pool​ ​party,​ ​and​ ​met​ ​so​ ​many people​ ​from​ ​different​ ​countries​ ​from​ ​Brazil​ ​to​ ​Russia​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Philippines.

So​ ​I​ ​don’t​ ​know​ ​when​ ​it​ ​will​ ​hit​ ​me,​ ​maybe​ ​when​ ​I​ ​have​ ​my​ ​first​ ​research​ ​paper?​ ​But​ ​I know​ ​for​ ​sure,​ ​I​ ​have​ ​made​ ​the​ ​right​ ​choice​ ​in​ ​attending​ ​Chapman. The​ ​people​ ​I​ ​have met​ ​have​ ​been​ ​so​ ​willing​ ​to​ ​learn,​ ​open​ ​to​ ​others,​ ​and​ ​have​ ​been​ ​able​ ​to​ ​show​ ​me​ ​a good​ ​time​ ​in​ ​Orange,​ ​and​ ​am​ ​ready​ ​to​ ​see​ ​what​ ​else​ ​Chapman​ ​has​ ​in​ ​store.

Photo: Raquette​ ​Lake​ ​Boys​ ​Camp