I joke around with my close friends a lot about being the type of person who tends to “repel” other human beings. I actually have substantial evidence for this, mostly from my experiences at UC Berkeley. I usually sat in lecture with a radius of empty seats, and I am not exaggerating. You would have had to be in my class to truly understand.
But anyway, I wanted to write about my first day of class, or maybe everything that’s happened the past few days.
This past Saturday I took a trip to St. Andrews, which is a bit more north than Edinburgh, with a large group of international students. It was absolutely beautiful. The moment I stepped out of the bus I was in awe, and somewhat overwhelmed by the smell of the sea. But, being from San Diego, it just smelled like home.
We went there mainly for the Cathedral and the Castle. In the prior, I killed my legs jogging up the spiral staircase of the tower. Don’t ask why I didn’t just walk. I don’t know why either. I think I was too excited to get to the top. In hindsight that was probably a terrible idea because the steps were short and the space was small. The climb down was terrifying though because I had to look down and realize just how high I really was.
The castle was even more beautiful. I went into all of the available rooms, including the Bottle Dungeon, which was a house for miscreants. My favorite part was the underground mine the attackers built in an attempt to break down the castle walls. However they were thwarted by the creation of the countermine that the defenders hastily dug up. The latter was absolutely tiny and I felt like the walls were closing in on me. But it was a good experience.
As for today, it was the first day of classes. I would say it was a pretty successful day. I showed up on time and in the right places. And, like I mentioned earlier people actually sat next to me. Well, they had to because the first few lectures are always packed. We’ll see what happens within the next few weeks.
I actually think it’ll be a nice first-semester-back semester since I’ve taken all these courses back in Berkeley. It’s somewhat like a review, which is always nice especially since I haven’t really studied math or computer science since the beginning of 2013 just before I dropped out.
Speaking of which, I keep getting asked how I could possibly be a 21-year-old freshmen. I got tired of explaining the whole dropping out for personal reasons and that whole thing, not that I really got into details about it, so now I just say that I took some time off. Hey, I’m not ashamed of being older. But I do find it strange being with so many people younger than me. Age doesn’t matter but I do feel like I’m more mature than most of the first years since I’ve already had university experience and I guess I’ve always been a bit mature for my age. I’m not trying to be pretentious in any way…
I don’t know what I’m saying.
I did manage to speak to some people who sat beside me in lecture and asked a few for their Facebooks and/or number. I usually don’t like to do that because I feel like I’m suffocating others.
I haven’t gotten the hang of social interaction just yet.
Have a good week!