kilgore trout (lefthanded) wrote,
kilgore trout

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from a foreign land

This has been without out a doubt the most successful transition into a new environment that I’ve ever made. I always expect myself to be outgoing and highly adaptive when confronted with a foreign setting, such as the sleepaway camp I used to attend, or the trip to Israel I took a few years ago, but two summers of camp passed before I was able to make any lasting or at least temporarily meaningful friendships, and the only friends from the Israel trip that I continue to communicate with had been friends of mine prior to the trip back in America. Foolish idealist that I seem to be, I expected college to be immediately gratifying, but for the first time now my idealism is justified, and I’m actually bewildered, because at some level I know I thought it would be just like the rest of my experiences.

Anyway, the point is that I’m really happy now, probably happier than I’ve been in a long time. I’m introducing myself to people, having extended conversations, and when time doesn’t permit a conversation, I at least try to smile and wave. These are not actions that the Daniel most people know would take. Repeatedly, I had been told to expect to become a different person, that college changes people, but to change so dramatically so quickly is shocking to me, almost unbelievable, suggesting that perhaps I had completed the change before arriving here, and only now that I no longer have the comfort of a well defined group of friends who have a well defined definition of me, can the changes take affect.

A surprising aspect of the friends I’ve made so far is that the majority of them are female. In fact, my two closest friends here right now are female. Perhaps this just reflects the fact that the male to female ratio at brandeis is 2:3, but I’d like to think there’s a more significant explanation, eventhough I have no idea what it could be. I’m a male, by the way, in case that wasn’t clear.

Yes, I should write in here more often now because none of my classes are very writing intensive and I want not to get rusty.
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