Prefrosh Passages: Hello, Holworthy

Well, hello there. It’s been a while.

After an unintentional two-week hiatus, I’m back, and I’m here to stay… and what a couple of weeks it has been.

Where do I even begin? After returning home from vacation, I went right back to work. I work at a bookstore – the only large chain that’s not Borders. I enjoy it, for the most part. I don’t like trying to sell the add-on services and discount cards that we offer, mainly because I hate asking people to buy things (maybe I’m not suited for retail…) but other than that, there are no issues. My coworkers and managers are supportive, helpful, and frequently hilarious, which means that my shifts go by fairly quickly. After being on the job for a few months, I’ve seen quite a few interesting customers. At work, I get to see good and bad parenting examples, along with plenty of exposure to grumpy housewives, distracted or dysfunctional families, and the occasional obnoxious octogenarian. It’s a fascinating cross-section of American society.

Grad parties continue… it’s down to about one or two a weekend at this point, but I’ve had quite a good time driving from one to another. I feel so independent in the family minivan, blasting The Postal Service or The Beatles at top volume with the windows down. It’s nice to get some alone time in the car, especially when I’m driving forty minutes outside of town for a few parties.

These things are all well and good, but the most exciting part of my week has definitely been getting to know future classmates… OH YEAH, DORM ASSIGNMENTS TOO. I found out I’m in Holworthy, which makes me really happy! Shortest walk to Annenberg and living in Cornel West’s old dorm room? Fine by me.

My roomies and I have started a nice email thread, and we’ve started figuring out who will bring what for our suite. I’m beyond excited about the room, and especially about shopping for it! I’ve bought and stockpiled so much already, but I really need to just get an inventory going… Hardcore dorm shopping? It’s my thing. I might not need that extra bedside-caddy-combo-shelf-table-armoir-mirror-thing, but I’m taking it just in case.

I’ve been doing Google Plus video hangouts all week as well, with plenty of 2016-ers; I’ve met about 20 new people this way, and it only makes me more pumped for when I actually set foot on campus in a month. I’ve shared a ton of laughs and bonding moments, and it really relieved a lot of the stress that I was subconsciously feeling about social things at college. I’ve met kids just like me, and that makes me so relieved. These are the kids that’ll be my friends for quite a long time. They’ve shared their music selections with me, and perhaps more importantly, they’ve given me two new nicknames: Bri Bri and Suslo-Vicious. Fitting, yes?

Needless to say, I’m sure I’ll have a lot to talk about in the near future, between pre-orientation prep (FUP!), more dorm shopping, video chatting, and friend-making. College seems closer than ever, and I can’t wait!