Exploring More Than Education in College

It has been almost two week that I have been living on campus at Creighton. Two weeks since I have left the amazing and extremely lazy confines of summer break. In these first few weeks I have not learned much of a single thing, but I have been introduced to topics that were previously foreign to me. It’s a new life, very different from the one I lived just weeks before.

 

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Fountain in front of St. John’s at the heart of Creighton’s campus.

Of note: these first few weeks of posts might fluctuate from topic to topic, without a clear line of direction, before I find where I want to go with this blog, so forgive the randomness.

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It has been quite a change from high school, though. There you had an extremely structured day, where you woke up at 6:00, got to school by 7:30, went to classes till 3:00 in the afternoon, with only a short break for lunch, got home, did homework, and then ate, repeating the same motions over and over again. In college, however, this structure that you’ve known your whole life, not just in high school, but throughout your entire schooling career, up to this point, is completely turned on its head. Take this point, for example. On Monday’s I have only one class, and that class lasts from 11:00 to 11:50. Now, if you were in high school, you may think that you have a very short day of classes, which you do, and that during the rest of the day you can fool around. However, this just isn’t true, because even if you only have a class once or twice a week, you have the same workload that you would have were the course every single day of the week.

That brings me to the biggest difference between high school and college: managing your own time. Throughout your life, people have been there to support you, to do anything that you need. Now, I’m not saying that these people are not also available in a college environment, I’m just saying that you must actively seek out these individuals. Where before they came to you, now you must go to them. It’s a tough change, but one that makes you more independent, and more ready for the entire life ahead of you.

College is about learning, but it isn’t just in the classroom that you will find yourself being educated. Education is the largest thing at a university, it’s in the air you breath, the places you, go, and the people you visit with. Colleges bring together people from everywhere. From different nations, different states, different cities. Even if some of the people you meet come from the same place as you, there lives growing up were not the exact same as yours. College becomes a melting pot of cultures, of traditions. There is just as much to learn outside of the classroom as there is sitting in front of a chalkboard. So meet new people, explore new opportunities, because after all, that is what college is about. Even if those opportunities are just walking around campus with a camera in hand.

I fear that I may just be rambling on now, but these are the observations that I have seen walking around campus. I won’t claim to be an expert on the ins and outs of college life, after all I’ve only been here two weeks, but I would just like to share my observations, what I have seen, from my view.¬†And with that, I leave you with a few pictures that I have taken since the two weeks that I have been here:

a bed

The College Bed- lofting is the way to go.

climate control

The almighty air conditioner.

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