A Teeny Bit Sick

Putting aside the Macho Man ego for a minute. I must admit something crazy…that I am going to be homesick come this fall. Which is beyond crazy to me . It’s a very weird and off-putting feeling. What is so puzzling to me about this feeling of homesickness is that I’ve already experienced “going away” and when I did I was 18 and big eyed. In my very first semester my freshman year I could count on one hand the amount of times I went home. Twice! Once for Thanksgiving and again for Winter Break. That’s it! Even on holiday weekends where we had to go home. I usually found myself at a friend’s school just to avoid the trip home.

My oh my has time changed! I now find myself sitting on the steps with my friends saying “mannnnnn I’m gone miss my city” its true these lights will inspire you and they have! A lot has changed from that 18-year-old time of avoiding home; to being placed in a situation where I had to come home to gather myself and get the ground beneath me. In that time I’ve come to fall in love with my city. Added to that, my older sister lives in Queens and although I didn’t see her everyday she has been my confidant, best friend and biggest supporter. So going 5 hours away from her is a little sobering. Also she is having her first baby, which makes her a first time mother but also makes me a first time uncle (Woot woot!). I’m already preparing (if its a girl I gotta save up to buy the pony, if its a boy 3 things he must learn fresh out the womb: Duke Blue Devils, Kanye is a Musical Genius and Kobe …unstoppable).

Don’t get me wrong In no way am I indecisive as to whether I want to be in Oswego or not. That’s a lock I’d leave tomorrow if money and responsibilities permitted. But its just odd for me to have this feeling. You would think that after 2 years of wanting to be in this position and having worked as hard as I have to get to this point I would be screaming Good Riddance at the top of my lungs.

What’s my remedied chicken noodle soup for this homesickness? Its simple and its advice you’ve probably received before. Get involved. Having experienced first hand at my previous school. I can attest to the fact that when you’re involved it builds a greater sense of connection not only to the school and campus but it extends to the whole community as well. Most of the friends you have will either come through your involvement in campus activities and clubs or they will join you in those interests. Don’t believe me? Just look at my fellow bloggers. How else do you explain two being Laker Leaders ( Danielle and Kayle), and at least 2 other separate pairings of being in the same club or organization( Danielle also spoke a little bit on that notion of campus friendship in her post). Yea it’s real…Believe the hype. I’ll even do you a favor and give you a shortcut to that Chicken. Noodle. Soup. Thank Me Later.

Till Then I bid Adieu

Get Involved

Get involved. No matter how busy you are, how many classes you have or how much homework you have to do, find time to meet people and get involved in a sport, a club or something. My first semester at SUNY Oswego, I was afraid to get out and meet people. I think it had to do with my vision and worrying if I’d find my way home or silly things like that, but this semester is totally different.

Over the Summer, I made it a goal of mine to try and keep as busy as possible, and meet as many people as I could for this Fall semester. I am very outgoing and enjoy trying new things, but I just wasn’t sure how to go about it. I pulled the SUNY Oswego website up, searched for clubs and organizations and made a list of everything that interested me. These included tae kwon do, ski club, and the crew team. I was interested in many others, but didn’t want to overbook myself. I then clicked on the club and it connected me to their homepage. From here, I emailed the president or contact email and went from there.

I was very interested in the crew team, but I had other obligations that interfered with many of the practices. I go home, to Baldwinsville, twice a week. I take Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), and Brazilian Jujitsu classes. I enjoy this so much but I was unable to do this and crew.

I went to a tae kwon do class last week and really enjoyed it. I laughed because it is a lot of striking and blocking. I enjoy the striking part of it, but I kind of have a little problem with the blocking. I plan on attending more of these classes.

This past weekend, I received an email back from the Ski Club. They were very interested in having me in their club. We have been emailing back and forth trying to see what mountains have adaptive teaching aids, or someone who is familiar with teaching a blind snowboarder. We are making great progress and I cannot wait to get on the slopes and board all day with my friends.

I have also joined the fitness center that is attached to my dorm building. Talk about convenient. I can go work out and then walk across the hall and have dinner or a snack after my work out. I haven’t tried a workout class such as the spinning class or other classes yet, but some of my friends and I are planning on doing that soon.

I also enjoy volunteering whether it is on campus or in the Oswego community. It’s fun meeting residents in the community and helping out for a good cause. Last weekend, a friend and I volunteered to help out with a 20 mile bike race, and a 5k and 10k running race. We were asked to direct traffic for the bike race, and then block off a street and cheer for the runners. This was so much fun, and yes a blind girl was helping direct traffic.

I can’t stress enough how much fun I’ve had just meeting people, making friends, doing something I love and trying new things. This is what college is all about. Yes there are classes, studying, homework, projects and other assignments or tasks that we have to complete to get our degrees, but there is so much more to college that you should take advantage of if you haven’t already.

Just never be afraid to get out of your comfort zone, go somewhere without your roommate or friends and do something that you love doing. I think that was another one of my problems, not wanting to go places without friends. I am comfortable with my friends and enjoy being with them, but sometimes I needed to do what was best for me. Not all of your closefriends will have the same interests as you do, so don’t be scared, and get out there.