In one sense, I was waiting for a moment of inspiration to sweep me off my feet and allow me to write something wonderfully grand and morally uplifting. But if I waited for that, I would never write anything at all. So here I am, writing my very first blog post. It has been approximately three weeks since school started, and things are starting to settle into a routine.
I'm not an emotional person, as you all know, but the first two weeks were pretty overwhelming. I was constantly bombarded with new situations, environments, and doubts that I would not find in Singapore. It's because I came from a small school environment to a...ahem, somewhat larger school environment. All right, so it isn't the biggest college in America, but it's big enough for me. There are many things I have come to realize about America.
1. They have very interesting commercials.
For a country so famous for building up idealized and illusionary worlds within Hollywood, their take on prescription medication commercials are interesting. The commercial usually includes a woman talking about her "problems"--whatever they may be--and how the medication has helped her, accompanied by some scenery of her walking on the beach and classical music playing in the background. After her speech, a man's voice takes over and reads through a long list of disastrous and occasionally fatal side effects of said medication, followed by a "Please consult your doctor before...." All this while the classical music continues to play peacefully in the background. America must be afraid of lawsuits.
2. Infomercial men like to shout out their fantastic products, despite the fact that they are indeed on tv and do not need to do so.
3. American guys are hard to talk to. (Pardon the hanging preposition.) Perhaps I've been spoiled for choice before--what with Tim and Timothy, but I have yet to have an actual conversation with a guy here. Mayhap I scare them off with my fantastic one-liners?
4. Cannot possibly understand why I have had no bouquets of flowers and cards of secret admiration left outside my door or sent to the classroom. Perhaps something bigger awaits. An announcement of undying love and devotion over the PA system?
5. College is casual. No one dresses up. Everyone wears blue jeans and an oversized gray hoody with the name of the college emblazoned on the front. Must being in college necessitate that everyone wears shirts, shorts, pants, track suits, socks, bags, hats, and keychains with the name of their college written on it? Yes, we know you go here. You're on campus.
6. College students stare.
7. Macy's is expensive.
8. Fast food is everywhere. Arby's, Red Robin, Wendy's (which is, by the way, having a 99c burger special), McDonald's (which is, by the way, having a $1 burger special--the nerve of them!), Pizza Hut, etc. T.G.I. Friday's really isn't all that special.
9. Some people (I'm not naming any names except for Mr. Fleischmann) said I would miss out on dorm life because I am living in an apartment on campus, instead of in the residence halls. Nope. Don't really feel like I'm missing out. Wasn't made for dorm life. Too many people. Too much drama.
10. Did you know that colleges are primarily composed of people my age? They're EVERYWHERE. It's terribly vexing.
11. International House of Pancakes. It's not international. And if they were trying to make their pancakes sound international, shouldn't they call it House of International Pancakes?
12. I have way too much time on my hands.
13. Fattest person I have seen so far was a security guard at the airport. Don't know how he manages to keep his job. And no, Sofia, I couldn't take a picture of him. I was afraid he might arrest me a la Eagle Eye.
14. Target is huge. So is Meijer's. And Costco. Crazy people.
15. College experience--highly overrated. Nothing is as people assured me, and it feels like nothing I expected.
That's as much as I can think of for now. I will return with more delightful anecdotes, love stories, perhaps a mission statement or two, and never-ending springs of emotional and irrational streams-of-consciousness. Because these are, obviously, what I always write about and feel spiritually endowed to share on the internet.