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ANew Nor mal

Movi ngt ocol l egei sahugest epf ormostpeopl eandi twas cer t ai nl ynoexcept i onf orme.Ipar t i ci pat edi nnumer ous gr eatnew exper i ancesandam sogl adt ohavebeengi vent he oppor t uni t yt oat t endsuchapr est i gi ousuni ver si t y.However , hugel i f echangessuchasmovi ngorgoi ngt ocol l egeevent ual l yst opf eel i ngl i kel i f echangesandbegi nt of eelnor mal . Thi sphot ogr aphi cessaywi l lexpl or et hemanyaspect sofmy new l i f eher eatPur dueUni ver si t yt hatwer eoncenew,but ar enow commonever ydayoccur ancesf orme.


Lear ni ngi nLar geLect ur es Thr oughoutmyyear si nl owereducat i on,Ihadneverbeeni nacl assr oom t hatcont ai nedmor et han t went yorsost udent s.However ,t hef i r stcl assofmyf r eshmanyearofcol l egewasacl assoff ourhundr edst udent s.Lear ni nghow t opayat t ent i onandunder st andt hemat er i alwi t hsomanypeopl ei nt he r oom wascer t ai nl yachal l engei nt hebegi nni ng.Now,Iam compl et el yaccusomt edt ol ar gel ect ur es. Wal ki ngi nt oacl assr oom t hatcont ai nsmor epeopl et hanmyhi ghschoolgr aduat i ngcl assandeven aski ngquest i onsi nf r ontoft hem hasbecomeadai l yandnor maloccur ancef orme.


Shower i ngi nt hedor mi t or i es Athome,Ishar eashowerwi t honl ymysi st er .Whenshewentt ocol l eget woyear sbef or eIdi d,Ibecameaccust omedt obei ngabl et oshoweri nt hecomf or tofmyownbat hr oom.Thef i r stshowerIt ookatPur dueUni ver si t ywasar udeawakeni ng.Thewat erpr essur ewasunsui t abl et ome,t het emper at ur ewasof f ,andIf el t compl et el yexposeddespi t et hecur t ai nt heconceal edme.If el tl i keIwasi nt hewr ongpl aceatt hewr ong t i meandi ndescr i babl ysel fconsci ous.Af t erl i vi ngi nthedor mi t or i esf ormont hs,Inol ongerf eell i keIdonot bel ong.IdowhatIneedt odoandi ti snol ongerani ssue.


Dr i nki ngcof f eer egul ar l y Bef or eat t endi ngcol l ege,t hecl osestt hi ngt ocof f eet hatIl i kedwascof f eef l avor edi cecr eam.Needl esst o say,t het woar enot hi ngal i ke.Howeversi nceenr ol l i ngatPur dueUni ver si t y,Ihavebecomequi t et hecof f ee dr i nker .Wi t ht heconst antst r essofhomewor kandexams,al i t t l epi ckmeupi nt hemor ni ngi nt hef or m of cof f eei sj ustwhatIneedt okeepf ocusedand,t obehonest ,sane.


Keepi ngt r ackofmyt i meandmyschedul e I nmyhi ghschool ,t her ewasasyst em ofbel l st hatsi gni f yedwhencl assst ar t ed,ended,andwhenyouwer e l at e.Ther ewasal soat t endencei neachcl asst hatensur edt hatnooneski ppedschool .Her eatPur due,none oft hatexi st s.Noonei sher et ot el lmet ogett ocl assatacer t ai nt i meort odomyschoolwor kort oevenpay at t ent i oni fIat t end.Al loft hoser esposi bi l i t i esf al lonmenow.Iam r equi r edt osuppl ymyownmot i vat i on andt hatst ar t swi t ht i memanagement .Pr i ort ocomi ngt ocol l ege,Iwasbl i ssf ul l yunawar eofanyt i meot her t han1: 50pm,whi chwaswhenmyhi ghschooldi smi ssedcl asses.Now,keepi ngt r ackoft i meandduedat es onmyownhasbecomeat askt hatIam r out i nel yabl et oaccompl i sh.


Deal i ngwi t ht hedi st ance Dur i ngmyf i r stsemest erher eatPur due,Iwasver yhomesi ck.Thedi st ancebet weenmyf ami l yand mysel fwasoccat i onal l yt oof art obar e.However ,wi t ht hehel pofnew f r i endsandofact i vi t i eson campus,Inow donotwor r yaboutt hemi l esbet weenhomeandPur due.I nst ead,Ihavemadeahome f ormysel fher eoncampus,t husIr ar el yexper i encehomesi cknessanymor e.


ANoLonger New Nor mal I nconcl usi on,Ihaveunder gonemanyl i f est yl f echangessi nceenr ol l i ngi n andat t endi ngPur dueUni ver si t y.Thesel i f est yl f echangehave,overt i me, becomer ount i neaspect sofmydai l yl i f eher eatcol l ege.Inow wal kt ocl ass, showeri nst al l s,at t endhugel ect ur es,anddr i nkcof f ee.Inow managemy t i meonmyown,dealwi t hhomesi ckness,avoi dj unkf oodi nt hedi ni ngcour t s, andmai nt ai nf ocusevenwhendi st r act i onsar epr esent .Si ncecomi ngt o Pur due,Ihavechangedf ort hebet t eri nsomanywaysandt hesear ej ustaf ew.


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