Firstborn is getting ready for her freshman year. Every day brings new ideas of things to buy, papers to fill out, passwords and accounts to create.
After the grueling work of high school, 7 hours of school followed by 2-3 hours of sports followed by homework, she is confused about the absence of college rigor. Looking at her schedule there are days when she has just one class. Firstborn finds this completely perplexing. Another day she has a class at 9 and another at 3. More confusion. What the heck am I going to do with myself, she wonders.
All this talk of college lends itself to stories of my college days. Ways I spent my time in college.
1. Soap Operas. Everyday at 3:00 I HAD to watch The Guiding Light. This caused two problems, the first of which was that my roommate watched the competing soap on another channel, General Hospital. Heaven forbid that I claim the tv because it BELONGED to me or mention that GH was showing upstairs in the student lounge. The second and less important problem? Physics class met at 3:00 every term every year. I can’t tell you how many times I had to sacrifice my soap to possibly catch up on class, at least once a week!
2. Meet friends for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night snacks.
3. Make popcorn
5. I think that is about it. Oh, wait. Sometimes I did math problems, wrote computer programs, and went to class. My senior year, I went to the library, once.
Yeah, I think that sums up most of college. Hopefully, my daughter will adapt but it will be hard.