Friday, March 21, 2008

College is Tough...

It wasn't the classes, or even the papers that scared me so much about college, it was the people!

You see...I am shy, I like people a lot, I just am shy about talking to people I don't know. You can imagine why this caused some problems my first semester away at New Jersey of all places.

I was always afraid I would do something to embarrass myself. I have come to understand that I will always do something to embarrass myself, and now I can laugh at these foibles, but back then I was beyond petrified.

One incident stands out in my mind. I had gone up to the dining hall for lunch, by myself, and was carrying my tray over to a table when my flip-flop broke.

You know what I mean...when the little thong part comes out of the bottom, and you have to drag your foot across the floor like Igor? Yeah, it was like that. Inconspicuous I was not.

I hobbled over to my table and tried to pretend nothing happened, ate my lunch like usual, then pondered how I was going to get back to my room.

I came to the conclusion that it would be best to simply go barefoot. Maybe everyone would think I was cool in a hippie sort of way, boho-shic if you will. I'm pretty sure I came off as more of just some weird barefoot girl walking down the path. And it was a long walk and the sidewalk was hot! Well, probably around 10 minutes or so, but it felt like forever. My cheeks burned in shame and my feet burned in pain.

I ate spagettio's in my room for at least a week. I swore I would never eat in the dining hall again, but I caved when I ran out of canned goods.

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