I just gave out report cards to my students to track their progress in their first semester of school. I don’t think anyone is going to give me a grade on what I’ve learned this fall and on my adjustment to post-college life, but I wrote notes for a final essay anyway. Here is what I have learned in the first semester of my freshman year of life.
- Everything costs money (except walking). This is a lot less of a problem if you are getting a regular paycheck.
- Working 40+ hours a week is really tiring – but it makes you truly appreciate the weekends.
- Staying healthy takes time (time to exercise, rest, form positive social groups, and buy, chop, wash, and cook vegetables)
- I looooove to cook. I like using seasonal vegetables, I like making up recipes, and I like baking bread. I don’t, however, like following recipes or instructions.
- I am Christian. I was a bit confused about what I believed throughout college, so it’s nice to have figured this out.
- It is really nice to have Christian coworkers because you never have to defend your beliefs. However, I think it is also nice to have friends of other religions.
- I love learning languages. I think Standard Arabic is one of the most beautiful languages, and I also really like speaking French.
- My sister is really cool. I also knew that already, but in this past year we’ve had really good trips to visit each other abroad.
- I’m really thankful to have a roommate. I like being alone sometimes, but I much prefer to be alone together.
- I really like to run, and feel a lot better about everything after running. I already knew this, but the fact that I’ve been able to continue to run regularly has been wonderful.
- I need to complain more. My roommate complained to anyone who would listen about how cold our apartment is, and someone anonymously gave her a huge comforter. I, however, continued to suffer silently.
- I’m never going to be an amazing singer, even though I do enjoy singing. That’s okay, I guess.
- I like listening to stories from my students, whether they are adults or kindergarteners. I don’t really like disciplining them though, so I think I am best suited to working with small groups.
- I really like Morocco. I like my friends here, I like the tram, I like my church, I like the ocean, I like the stores on my street, I like the architecture, and I like avocado juice. I am very happy living here and do not want to leave, at least for a while.
In three more days I’ll be on winter break, and in only one my mom will arrive! I’ve got to rest up so that I’m ready for the second semester of my freshman year of life.