- Response Journal
- Published: 08 October 2013
The calendars are lying. They claim that I’ve been at Simon’s Rock for about a month now, but the time feels at once longer and shorter. Since jumping down the rabbit hole into the odd Wonderland of “college,” the pace has been non-stop; in fact, I had my first class on the day I arrived, before I had even finished unpacking.
Everything is twisted together in a whirlwind of new people and classes and places, new sounds and smells and rhythms. I feel as though if I blink I’ll miss another interesting conversation, another good book. Yet so much has happened, I also feel like I’ve been here for my entire life. I’ve quickly acclimated to college life, from classes to friends to the dreaded process of doing my own laundry. In fact, I went back to New York to visit my family this past weekend, and I found myself referring to Simon’s Rock as “home” more than once.
The homey atmosphere isn’t just because I’ve done so much here already. The people at Simon’s Rock are what make me feel like I belong. As cliché as it sounds, I’ve found the sense of kinship that Simon’s Rock promised I would. While I must admit that I found the other students a bit intimidating at first (they’re all so smart!), it’s hard to find a more interesting and welcoming bunch.
The Peer Advocates served as friendly faces while I was trying to get situated, and I quickly found my footing amongst the rest of my classmates. My roommate and I clicked immediately, with our shared love of long skirts, theater, and Joss Whedon and I soon found many others who are kind, friendly, and incredibly interesting.
I was so different from the rest of the people at my high school, and it’s wonderful to finally be surrounded by people who are as accepting and interesting as the students here. While I’m just as different from the people here as from those in my previous school, the affinity I feel for them is astonishing. I know that this process of learning about my fellow Rockers is only just beginning. And I can’t wait to get to know them better.