The 14th of December marked the end of my first semester at LVC. It was an eventful semester indeed, and I wish to pen down a rough reflection of the entire semester. The last three weeks had not been funny though, finals were so much in sight and most of my classes had projects and presentations to be completed, and as I sit down to reflect today, I have a deep sense of satisfaction and relief that I saw myself through.
I must admit that in every sense, and virtually everyday of my entire semester, I saw myself attempting to acclimatize, of course it is an ongoing process. Nonetheless, I have grasped the very fundamental basics that I feel will see me thrive in my college career. I have tried to forge relationships with colleagues, faculty and staff here. Hats off to the Global Education Office, with Caitlin at the forefront, for the support, my transition could have never been better than this. I must admit that a lot and sometimes extra efforts were invested to make me, actually the entire group of my fellow International students feel welcome. There are struggles we go through as International students which are natural and inevitable, such struggles as food challenges and navigating social complexities, which with time would be overcomed. By now, most of us have developed a sense of belonging to the great LVC family. I am also glad, however, to note that I have not only gained insights in how to soundly manage my academics, but also across the diverse aspects of college life.
As usual, I have to make updates of events after the previous blog, and this time I have two major updates. Thanksgiving holiday being the first, I got to go to New Jersey. New Jersey is where my roommate come from, as I said I one of the blogs, we have managed to establish a good relationship with my roommate, and hopefully, we are going to sustain it. As a result, his family invited me to their place over Thanksgiving Break. I spent five days in New Jersey, it had been a pleasure to learn the underlying traditions of Thanksgiving holiday with the Ford family. The exciting thing had been going down to the Atlantic Ocean, this is the beach, but I could not do any fun thing, no one can do this time of the year. It is cold.
As the norm, we have excursions every Saturday, and my last trip saw me in the heart of New York City, perhaps the best in the world. I thought it is massive and overwhelming. Life appears to be so fast in New York, it’s not surprising if one would not really want to spend their whole time living in there, I felt like it can be hard to contain the pressure of a busy life.
It seems like I do not miss anything from home, no I do, and with each passing day, the nostalgia grows. I must admit though, I barely had time during the semester to really spend hours thinking about things in Zimbabwe. This suggests that I haven’t been experiencing any chronic culture shocks, perhaps later or otherwise I will get away with it.
I had been receiving promises about a typical winter in PA literally from everyone I talked to, finally, it has just joined us and I am seeing it for myself. There is a definitely a great departure from a usual Zimbabwean winter, temperatures are extremely low. It snows! I had my first snow the weekend into my Finals, as if to mock me and bring finals. I was studying, but no way, and said wait, I have to spare some minutes to see exactly what’s happening. Having grown up in Zimbabwe , with subtropical climate, I had never experienced snow, the fist time was exciting ,to realize the other side of mother nature. Obviously, I have to offer my perspective, I think snow is amazing especially watching it from indoors but not it gets really cold just thought of freezing walking across the campus. I wonder if the temperatures would better? It is unfortunate that as of today I am yet to experiment with snow there hasn’t enough so far for slating, sledding, and the likes.
Just as I said in my very first blog, this is the campus that will watch me grow from a naive young man from the countryside of Zimbabwe into a complete and responsible citizen of the world, yes, I am gradually loosing the timidness of yesteryear. I haven’t learned a lot academically so far but I have started building a foundation of an enriched intellect.
I have tried to capture in words the entire semester, but before I put off my pen, let me point out that it has also been interesting to me how most people have been finding it very captivting that I have found this campus all the way from Zimbabwe and I have had to answer on numerous occassions more or less of a question like ” How did you find or learn about LVC ?” Maybe it was coincidence,serendipity, providence or rather a destiny or a fate, depends on the day I would always pick one of these words after a long explanation of how I developed an interest and started dreaming of ever getting an opportunity to join a robust US education, how US Embassy in Zimbabwe assisted me in navigating the processses associated with coming to the US for college and how finally LVC afforded the passionate me the opportunity.
Otherwise I am looking forward to Festive holidays, an I wish everyone wonderful Holidays!