“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.” – Robert Frost
“It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfilment, it is in the happiness of pursuit.” – Denis Waitley
“A decision today changes tomorrow forever.” – John Di Lemme
“I love the man who can smile in trouble, gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection.” – Thomas Paine
So last night after talking with my roommate I decided to join him in being a vegetarian. WHAT?!?! Yup it’s true. For years I’ve always said I was going to attempt it, but I never got around to it. I also have a strong belief that all life is sacred, however I’ve been using the excuse, that since I wasn’t not the killer of the animal it was okay to eat meat, to cover up my addiction to meat. I grew up eating meat and over time developed a strong addiction to its taste. My roommate has been vegetarian since we started college. I think things will be easier for us if we are both vegetarian, meaning we can help each other because I know it’s hard. Also to be clear I’m not doing this for religious purposes, peer pressure, or dietary reason…though dietary benefits will start to take place, I’m doing this for a strong more belief I have. My religion does not require me to be vegetarian. In fact in the Christian faith there is nothing for or against the consumption of meat. I just believe all life is sacred. So today is the start of my vegetarian journey. I would be interested in anyone’s thoughts and opinions, as well as advice or tips from vegetarians or even vegans.
So my first week of classes are over, and due to labour day I don’t have classes tomorrow! IU (Indiana University) Bloomington is such an awesome place. The campus is great, the town is great, and the people are great. I live in the best dorm ever, Collins Living & Learning Centre, in the best hall ever, Cravens, the only disadvantage is the no air conditioning, but we’re making it work. Two windows and two fans, keeps the room pretty cool. I have the best roommate ever. I know that sounds generic, biased, and unoriginal, but it’s true. My roommate and I are the best fit. The other people on my floor are awesome as well. The few people that my roommate and I hang out with have compared ourselves to the characters from the shows Friends and Seinfeld. I’m Chandler/George, and my roommate is Joey/Jerry.
My classes are pretty cool as well. I didn’t have trouble finding them which is great. They’re nicely spaced and aren’t that long, except my psychology class but you don’t even notice how long it is because it’s so interesting and the professor is so engaging. My math is simple so far. I didn’t realise how much finite would be like IB math, though I hate doing homework online. My French class is the same, all homework is online and we have homework every night. The worst part is my French teacher doesn’t have a good accent, but I guess I learn to survive the class. Well I’ve rambled on a lot. What was your college life like? What was your first week like? What tips or advice to you have? I would love feedback and comments from college graduates, or those in college.
So yea I’m in college now and at lunch to day my roommate discovered during much laughter that he, ‘could not do.’ We then determined that that statement sums up the entire college experience.
Cohort four of the international baccalaureate programme and 2013 graduates met for one last outing before we all depart for college. A cook out at Washington Park was how we spent our time. We had so much to talk about since we hadn’t seen each other for months which of course was not usual for us. We had all been together all day everyday for the past two years. We develop a deep bond. Not all of us were able to make it to this outing but it was still a memorable day. We ate some really good food, made two ridiculous videos on a playground, then went hiking through the woods of Washington Park, which by the way is very enormous. It was a day like no other. I’ll never forget it. We’ll see each other again one day though, I know it. Until then we will all go forward and do great things as we begin our new journeys, our college journeys.