Heading into my sophomore year, I didn’t expect the transition from summer to school to be too unnerving. I already knew the campus. I already knew most of the professors, most of my classmates. I already knew what life would generally feel like, and I was excited to return to what had become so comfortable.
However, now that we’re almost three weeks into school, I’ve found that I was wrong. Comfortable is not the word I’d use to describe my time thus far.
But I am so, so glad to have been wrong.
Instead, I’ve found so much newness.
I have a new job as an RA, which has been the dream (myself and the other staff members in Covenant are pictured above). I have a new roommate (who I'm loving living with) in a new room (which already feels like home, as evidenced by the picture above). I have a new wing with new girls, most of whom I’d never met before. I’m in new classes with new classmates. I’m eating meals with new people, seeing as everybody’s schedules have shifted from last semester. I’ve even joined new clubs and tried new Friday night activities, making me somewhat of a new person.
Do I know how to juggle? Nope. But that’s a new skill I’m developing in juggling club!
Last night, some friends and I went to a children’s carnival at a local church and rode miniature ponies. What? That was a new experience for me.
Do I enjoy volleyball? Not really. I’ll be honest with you: I was the first person in my high school’s history to make C-team for three consecutive years. It’s just not my thing. But hey, I’m on a sand volleyball intramural team, developing new skills (and mostly new courage).
I’d never been to the Secret Spot before last weekend. (Side note: This is Dordt’s best-kept secret. The rules? Find someone who has been before. Ask them to take you. Arrange a time. Get a hold of a car. Wear all black. And be ready to use your running shoes. That’s all you know before you go, and after you go, you aren’t allowed to talk about it.) Now that I’m in on this secret, I’ve familiarized myself with one of Dordt’s new traditions.
I’m in gymnastics class where none of my classmates (myself included) have any experience. We’re all trying all sorts of new challenges in there! Also, I tried reaching out into the community, joining a Zumba class at Robin's School of Dance. That's new, and that's fun (and that's also pictured above)!
I’m meeting new people every day. College perk #6724: When else in life is it acceptable to walk up to anybody at all and get answers to the list of stereotypical college questions? What’s your name? Where are you from? What’s your major? What made you choose Dordt? So on and so forth… Even at our small college, there’s always somebody new to talk to, somebody new to share some life with.
There’s something so special about all this newness. While I’m at Dordt, I know that I am never going to be at a loss for new adventures, new growing opportunities, new stories to be written. There’s no opportunities to be bored and, instead, there are so many opportunities to explore. I may not be comfortable in the sense that I returned to what I knew, but I'm comfortable within all the new.
I like it.