“In my next life I want to live my life backwards. You start out dead and get that out of the way. Then you wake up in an old people’s home feeling better every day. You get kicked out for being too healthy, go collect your pension, and then when you start work, you get a gold watch and a party on your first day. You work for 40 years until you’re young enough to enjoy your retirement. You party, drink alcohol, and are generally promiscuous, then you are ready for high school. You then go to primary school, you become a kid, you play. You have no responsibilities, you become a baby until you are born. And then you spend your last 9 months floating in luxurious spa-like conditions with central heating and room service on tap, larger quarters every day and then Voila! You finish off as an orgasm!”
― Woody Allen
I was thinking about this quote today when I realized how homesick I am today. I was thinking about how I could blog about how normal it is to be homesick but how important it is to become independent in college and I realized while some freshman want to go home every weekend, I realized I wasn’t one of them.
I think college is just thought about backwardly- just like life. We want to grow up and be independent and now I’m in my senior year, terrified of being an adult. Don’t get me wrong, Longwood has done a wonderful job of helping me become more responsible, and ready to be an adult, but I’m still very nervous. Thinking back to freshman year I would have been glad to move into an apartment, start a new job and be ready to live without my parents. Obviously I probably wouldn’t get very far, but I would have been more confident. I think I’m just now applying my Peter Pan mantra to college life. We want to be done with school, and the hardwork and get projects done for organizations and quickly finish meetings so that we can do other things. But slowing down at this point would have been nice.
It seems as if yesterday I moved into Curry as a freshman and was ready to teach and be the best teacher in the world. I’m confident I will still be a great teacher, especially after all my education classes and experiences that Longwood requires, but I can’t believe that’s going to be my life in a year.
So I guess what I’m saying is where ever you go to college, don’t rush it.I know I know people say that all the time. But just enjoy it. Take the time to meet knew people, and enjoy the culture of your school. Longwoods culture is why I came here, and although I went Greek, joined the National Society of Leadership and Success, and was an RA for two years. Not to mention going to color wars, Oktoberfest, Spring Weekend, and countless other Longwood traditional events, I feel like it has all gone by too fast, and that I could have done so much more.