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How My First Two Weeks At College Have Been! #CollegeLife - Shreya Sachdev

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all having a nice day. For today’s blog post, I thought I would tell you guys all about how my first two weeks at college have been, like I had promised a few days ago. As I’m sure most of you know, I finished high school and have now started college at the University of Toronto. Since I did high school in Geneva, it definitely is a big change coming so far from home. However, I really like it so far and I’m excited to tell you guys all about how I’ve been finding college life so far and how I’ve been settling in. I’m going to talk about the university itself, the courses I’m taking, the friends I’ve made, the food I’ve been eating, how my dorm looks, and a bunch of other stuff. I’m also really excited to start creating more and more content from a college student’s point of view, since I’m sure that the things I write about and the advice I give can help anybody who is going to be starting college soon. However, I do want to say that I will not only be writing about college and instead I’ll also be talking about my opinions on different aspects like movies, television shows, YouTubers etc, so please don’t think that I’m only going to be writing about college now. I also want to point out that if any of you are currently in the process of applying to college then I have a lot of different blog posts talking about the college application process, especially for the US, and I’ve even pasted some of my college essays on my blog, so if you want to read those then you’re more than welcome to! For this blog post, I’m going to be talking about different college related things in the form of a list, so that it’s more organized and easier to follow. Without further ado, let’s get started! 

  1. Dorm Room: So, I moved into my dorm on the 1st of September, and I was really happy when I first saw it. It has a bed with drawers underneath, a desk, a set of drawers, a bookshelf, a mini fridge, and a walk in closet. Along with this, my parents bought me a printer for my room so that I wouldn’t have to go all the way to the library to get my assignments printed, and they also got me an iron board so that once I’m finished washing my clothes, I can easily iron them and get rid of all the wrinkles. I think that there’s more than enough furniture in my room. The bookshelf that the university gave me is honestly completely empty because I don’t have anything to put on there. My desk is so huge that I can just keep all of my books and stationary there, so right now my bookshelf just has my iron on it as well as a few extra chargers incase the one I’m using right now breaks. Then, in my chest of drawers I have a bunch of winter clothes, some medicine, extra bedsheets and towels, and some snacks. In my fridge, I don’t actually have anything except for a bag of apples and a few drinks. Also, before I came here, I was actually really worried about how much space there would be in the closet since I’ve got so many clothes and shoes, but luckily the closet actually has quite a lot of space, so I’m able to fit everything in well. Also, like I said above, my bed actually has drawers underneath so I use those to store clothes in as well.

  2. Frosh Week: I’m really glad I did frosh week because it enabled me to meet lots of people. My university has a lot of school spirit, and it was nice to feel like I was part of such a big community. Something that I quickly want to say is that I was actually really worried about going to the University of Toronto since it’s a big public school, and growing up I’ve only gone to very small private schools in which there’s no more than sixty people in my grade, so I was always raised in an environment in which I knew everyone. Therefore, I was a little worried about there being so many people. University of Toronto, luckily, has so many small colleges and since you’re assigned to one specific college, it doesn't actually feel that big. So for example, even though I’m at the University of Toronto, I’ve actually been assigned to University College (UC) and UC only has around 700 students living on residence, so when I was doing my frosh week it wasn’t as if I was with 80,000 people, but rather was with a smaller group of people. Along with that, UC was split up further into groups of 50 for frosh week, since there are different “houses” in UC, and therefore it was even easier to meet people since I was with 50 other people in the common room, as opposed to 700. I met some really great people during my frosh week and they’re the people that I now eat with and the people I spend my weekends with so I’m really grateful I had the opportunity to do so. As for frosh week itself, there were lots of really fun activities and the leaders that I had were so sweet and caring that I really felt like I was at home.

  3. Classes: Ugh, unfortunately classes have started which means that I now need to spend a lot of time reading and working on my assignments. Even though I’m only two weeks in, I have assignments to hand in very soon and I constantly have to read so many articles written by scholars, so it’s definitely a lot of work. I think one of the coolest things about college is that you finally get to experience those big lecture halls, and they really are amazing and make you feel so professional. I will say that it’s a little bit difficult for me to focus during the lecture halls, just because in high school my longest class was like 90 minutes, whereas at college lectures can go on for three, sometimes four, hours, and I’m just not used to sitting for that long and listening to somebody go on and on about a poem or a film. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I’m studying and it’s so nice to finally be able to study what I’m interested in, as opposed to high school in which you’re forced to study Math, Biology, and a bunch of other subjects that a student might not have passion for. However, even though I love what I’m studying now, it doesn’t necessarily mean that I want to listen to somebody talk about a poem for hours on end. I’m really glad that the University of Toronto offers tutorials, because in those tutorials you’re in smaller groups and you’re able to have discussions and debates, which is something that I find really interesting since it’s so interactive. Along with this, University of Toronto offers first year seminars which is open to all first year students, and in those seminars you’re in a class of no more than thirty people, and again there are lots of class discussions and interaction which is always nicer than just listening to a professor talk for three to four hours. If any of you are wondering, I’m taking courses such as Introduction to Film Study, Literature, Jane Austen on Film, The City Where Movies Are Made, Time Travel and Narrative, and even Drama. I'm really loving all of them so far, but I am planning on dropping maybe one or two just because right now I’m taking the maximum amount of classes I can take and I know for a fact that the workload is going to start increasing, and I don’t want to put myself through so much pressure just after getting out of the IB and because it’s my first year at college, so I’ll see which courses I drop within the next week. I’ve also met some really nice people in all of my classes, which is cool because then I know that I have friends from my residence, and then I also have friends from my classes so it’s a nice mix to have.

  4. Food: Okay, so if any of you read my blog posts that I posted during the summer, then you would know that this summer I started to really try and get into shape. I went to the gym and had a professional trainer, and I even cut out all carbohydrates and sugar from my diet, which meant that I was eating very healthy as well. I felt really great, and I told myself that I would continue this new lifestyle of mine in Toronto, but unfortunately that has not happened yet. There is a lot of healthy food at the University of Toronto, but there’s also something called “Regular Menu” in which you can literally order, burgers, french fries, nuggets, hot dogs, and a bunch of other unhealthy food whenever you want. In my high school, we didn’t have a “Regular Menu” or something that you could have as a backup if you didn’t like what the cafeteria was serving, and I actually liked it that way because then you were forced to eat what the cafeteria was giving you and that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing since the cafeteria did usually give out healthy food. But now, in college, I always have the option to turn to unhealthy and tasty food if I don’t like what the menu for that specific day is. Furthermore, there are lots of food trucks outside that serve the exact same: burgers, fries, hotdogs, chicken nuggets, etc, and they’re literally right outside my college, so it’s also very tempting to eat over there as well. So, I will admit that for my first week I was eating extremely unhealthy, but I didn’t care because I was so stressed about the whole college experience and I just wanted some good food inside of me, but now that I’ve officially moved in and I’ve gotten comfortable, I’ve gone back to eating healthy and I make sure that I’m eating a well balanced diet. In terms of working out, University of Toronto has some really amazing facilities such as a running track, olympic sized swimming pools, basketball and football courts, and many other things, so I’m definitely going to check those out. Today, I went swimming for an hour with my friend and it was extremely refreshing and I think swimming is something that I definitely want to get in the habit of doing at least once a week.

  5. Saying Goodbye: So, my parents actually came to Toronto with me because they wanted to help me settle in. They helped me with setting up my bank account, getting a phone number, getting some extra things for my dorm, and a bunch of other things, so that was really sweet of them, but I do think they ended up staying a little bit too long. They stayed two weeks after I had moved in, and by that point I had already moved in and had started classes and everything, so it was kind of pointless for them to have stayed so long, but I still appreciate it. They left just two days ago and it definitely wasn’t easy to say goodbye, but it had to be done because obviously it’s college and it’s time for me to be independent and move out of home. I think my father has a business meeting in Chicago in November, so my mom is planning to go with him and since Chicago and Toronto are nearby, they will most likely stop by to see me. Then, in December, I am going to be flying back to Madrid to see my parents and my brother will also be there, which will be really nice. Overall though, I’ve had a great start to college and I’m really looking forward to what the next few months hold. Along with my academic work, I’m going to continue working on this website and writing my screenplays since my own work is just as important to me as my school work, and I will have lots of new content for you guys very soon.

Shreya Sachdev