Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spring Break: an interview with Eldest

What's the best thing about college?
It's not boring, and everybody there is really nerdy (in a good way), so it's easy to make friends. It's nice being around smart people, so no one thinks I'm a freaky super-genius.

What's harder than you thought it would be? Easier?
Feeding myself and finding time to sleep. Living away from home and making new friends has been easier than I expected.

What's good about being home to visit?
I get to see my family again, and dinner shows up -- poof! -- on the table. I don't have to do my laundry, either.

How is the second semester different from the first?
It's harder academically. I'm taking more difficult courses this term. But I know lots of people, so I don't have to spend as much energy making friends. I also kind of know what to expect now, and that makes it easier.

How are you different from who you were at this time last year?
I'm still the same person (my DNA hasn't been altered by going to college), but I have more confidence now. I used to think I could never go to college because that would be hard, and I didn't think I could do hard stuff. But it's worked out pretty well so far, and I feel pretty good about myself. I can go back to college and have all my egotism crushed out again, and still survive. Somehow.

How has your spiritual life changed?
This is the first time I've had people close to my age who share my faith. I go to a Bible study with a group of four other girls, and I like that. And our pastor talks about things that are relevant to college students, so it's easier to pay attention to him.

What's the most fun thing you do at school?
Sing! I'm in the concert choir, so I get to sing classical music in a big group, and it's fun to hear the music come together. And I'm also in a nerdy-songs a capella group, where I have a lot of friends and laugh a lot.

What do you miss most, now that you're a college student?
Food. My siblings. My parents. Sleep.


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