A Simple Adventure Brought about by a Change of Scenery
My first year of college will be over in five days and it has been the worst thing ever and most wonderful adventure simultaneously.
I’ve moved a dozen times in my life, but none of the destinations were up to me. College was the first time I got to choose a place I wanted to call home.
Coming into college, I had the expectation that I would have a very normal experience: football games, Greek life, intramural sports, the collegiate American dream saturated by two colors, a few chants, and dozens of activities that turn a campus into an all inclusive resort.
My natural instinct to go against societal norms is stronger than I thought. Yes, I love my school and all the traditions that come with it, but I am not one of those people who can go all in.
Rather than plugging in on campus, I found myself drawn to the things around, and beyond, the perfect little bubble.
Day trips became a fast friend of mine and I still find nothing more exciting than grabbing a couple friends and a laptop, heading to Austin to see a gallery, try a restaurant, or work at a different coffee shop for a bit, but the most exciting part of this year was making a little city in Texas my new home.
Finding a job that I enjoy, grocery shopping on Sunday, and working on things that I’m passionate about between classes.
I find the most joy in life when I romanticize simple things like Saturday morning farmer’s market trips, getting to the point that I have regulars at work, and having a favorite booth in a local coffee shop. Little puzzle pieces that come together to form the first pieces of my independent life belong to me and the little family of friends I have created.
Being away from the place I most recently moved as a child also helped me appreciate it in a new light and look forward to returning for the summer and planning little day trips to explore things I never wanted to before.
When I graduate, I’m sure I’ll have cabin fever from living here and be itching to move to a new city, but for the next couple years, I think I’ll stick around.