Note to self, call home more.
Though I really wouldn’t know what to talk about considering I only have classes three days a week. Compared to undergrad where I had a class every day, not much happens to talk about. But that brings me up to the pint of this blog, which is something I’ve been thinking about for a while:
How do you make friends in grad school?
At Hollins I had my friends from specific classes, friends from World Music, and friends that I hung out with outside of classes; not including the friends I saw whenever I got home for holidays and breaks. But here, making friends is a lot harder than I thought it would be. Not that I find it hard to talk to people, I’ve always been good at that and still find it hard to stop talking when I’m with people, it’s everything else that’s hard.
I’m one of the few people that are doing their first semester of grad school ever, but I’m the only one that hasn’t attended ODU or taken similar classes at all. Except for, maybe, three people, everyone around me is older (in their thirties and higher), but they all know each other due to having been in the same classes before or working in the same places. I’m the only one that’s brand spanking new and while I’m friendly with people I don’t really know how to become friends with them.
It mostly stems from the fact that we only have class once a week and other than that we all have our own lives. If I’m not in class, I’m working; on novels, stories, my graduate research work, as well as working on Sº4 Magazine. Even then, my program has a collective dinner every Tuesday night at different restaurants around the area and I go to those every Tuesday, engage in as much conversation as I can, and still feel like I’m the odd one out.
Maybe it’s because I’m used to going to smaller places in the private schools I’ve attended. Maybe it’s because I’m still not used to Norfolk yet (though I can tell you that with the other drivers around here I’ve managed to get very quick reflexes when driving).
I don’t know.
If there’s a special formula for this, I’m all ears.
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