By Angelice Romero |Staff Writer|
When I decided to do the National Student Exchange program from Buffalo State College to CSUSB, I did not think that starting over was going to be the hardest part.
Granted, I moved to a state I’ve never been in, a city I’ve only heard from TV and movies and a school where I knew no one.
I went from living off campus in freezing Buffalo, NY to a dorm in sunny San Bernardino, Calif. not knowing what to bring, what the weather would be like, what I need for my dorm and so forth.
I got to Calif. noticing that, dang, maybe I should have brought some of my coats, scarfs and hats from Buffalo.
When I went shopping for my dorm essentials, I grabbed myself a cute coat to keep me warm and dry. (Side note, Frank Ocean lied when he said it doesn’t rain in Southern California).
The first day of school was a complete blur: I went to the wrong building twice, couldn’t find the Coyote One Card office and I couldn’t use school computers, because “I’m not an actual student.”
As the week went on, I found out that everything on campus closes relatively early (since I didn’t start my classes until 12 p.m.).
On the weekend, I went to the union to grab lunch just to find out the union was closed!
This was all so new to me, so I found out the schedule for every building on campus so this mishap wouldn’t happen again.
I’ve already mastered a college campus once; I was not excited about having to do it again.
I knew this whole adventure would be a challenge but I never expected it to be as complex as it was my first week.
As I end my second week, I’ve noticed that what I thought was “starting over” was simply just a bump in the road.