It’s the end of my first full day in Iowa and I’m thoroughly exhausted. But before I delve into what happened today, I’ll recap really quickly how yesterday went.
In the morning, my family attended the All Nations Baptist Church. It was interesting because rather than being a Korean church that was adjoined to an English church, it was the reverse. And it was actually All Nations; okay, the majority was still Korean, but there were also some African people and French people in the congregation. That was the first thumbs up for me.
After the service, I went to the Bible study and met the college group. They were all goofy but serious when it came to faith, which was another big thing for me. I can see myself in the group and growing with them. And it’ll be nice to have Christianmentors/unis/oppas~
Then there was lunch. The lunches at church will become my weekly (hopefully not only once a week :P) source of Korean food, so yay for that~ During the meal, I met a biomed professor and three other girls who were going to be freshmen at Iowa. It was a relief to meet some other students and we quickly exchanged phone numbers and whatnot. It was a bit weird for me asking for numbers because I didn’t do that much before? It felt so…cliche and I wanted to start signing the Carly Rae Jepson song because it seemed so surreal in a way XD.
Afterwards, it was time to move in. There weren’t too many people moving in since I was doing the early move-in option, so that was nice. The room surpassed my expectations. Then again, my expectations weren’t really high because I was expecting really dumpy rooms with enough space to only sleep. The only complaint I have about my room is that the beds are too close to the ceiling. I’ve already bonked my head several times…
Then I met my roommate Erin. That was another surreal experience because we’ve been talking together almost as soon as we found out that we were roommates, but seeing her in person was like whoa, okay so this is actually happening. My family went out for supper with Erin, then it was time to go.
There were no tears shed. Not because I didn’t care or whatnot, but like I said in a previous post, I know that distance won’t change the basic facts about my family. No matter how many miles are between us, they’re still my family. They still love me and I’m still related to them, even if I move farther away. So it’s not like I don’t love them or I just wanted to be away, it’s just that I know that nothing will fundamentally change because I’m at Iowa. Yes, I will change and mature (so they say) but I’m still their daughter/sister.
When I woke up today, I successfully did not bonk my head on the ceiling. Surprisingly, I wasn’t confused when I woke up. I knew that I was at Iowa and I took it all in pretty good stride. It was kind of weird though turning my alarm off, because back at home I’d just have to walk a bit to turn it off, but now I had to climb down from my bed to turn it off. Which, I suppose is good because it wakes me up.
Erin and I decided to explore the campus today and find where we’d have our classes. So we walked all over the East side of campus, and were pleased to find that the classes are all pretty close to Daum (our residential hall). Then lunch, then meeting new people and walking around a bit more with our newfound friends, and now I’m here falling asleep at the keys.
At one point, we just went from room to room introducing ourselves and people on our floor seem friendly, so that’s always good. It’ll be interesting how our relationships will grow as classes start. It’s also nice meeting people here because we’re all in the same boat: no one knows anyone else and we all have clean slates. So we’re all more eager to make connections and not be alone~
But when I think of it, I don’t really feel like I’m at university yet. It feels more like some nice week-long summer camp. It hasn’t hit me yet that this will be my new home, and I don’t think it will for a while. I don’t know if I’ll get homesick yet, because I’ve been okay so far, but then again it’s only day 2. We’ll have to see, I suppose~
Oh, and here’s some pictures of my dorm if anyone’s interested X)