Well today went surprisingly well. Not that I was expecting it to be bad, it just wasn’t as overwhelming as I’d anticipated. I think I understood about 99.99989% of what my composition professor said, and overall that class seems like it wont be too difficult. My phonetics class might be a different story though; the prof talked slower than she did in the meeting yesterday, but I didn’t quite catch everything. I think the coursework is going to be somewhat difficult, but hopefully manageable if I stay on top of it. I also think I’m really going to like this professor, which is good because she’s (perhaps) the one in charge of the master’s program. I am just a little worried about my third class because its online. I’ve never actually done one of those before, but its a lit class, so that requires a lot of independent work anyway. I’m still in the process of trying to obtain a transportation card, a usable telephone, and my residency card, but I suppose that can all wait until tomorrow.
Today was a little tough just because it was another first, which makes me miss the last. For instance, when I first began touring museums here, it made me miss my brother. Then when I first went out with other students, it made me miss my friends. Now, on my first day of school, I inevitably miss McKendree. If there’s one thing I learned from my college career, its that I don’t like transitions. I tend to adapt well and all, but the firsts and the lasts are always hard. Ironically, I’m sure I will be even more upset this time next year when I have to leave Spain, at least I hope so. I’ve come to theoretically accept that life is in a constant state of change and to avoid it would be to ultimately not achieve my fullest potential in life. I also recognize that feelings of sadness and anxiety are simply unavoidable aspects of the human condition, and they’re not even necessarily bad.
That’s not to say I don’t like it here. Instead of dwelling on the things from home that I don’t have, I’m focusing on what’s here that I wouldn’t have access to at home. In fact, I’ve actually met some pretty cool people, and after going out last night I have a feeling I’m going to really enjoy the night life in this city. New schools are always a challenge, but I already feel pretty comfortable in class. I’ve also yet to visit the library, so I can’t wait to go there tomorrow. On top of that, Beatriz and I are getting along pretty well. The more I learn about her, the more fascinating she becomes. It turns out she actually has her Ph.D. in psychology, so that’s something we have in common (hahaha well not quite yet, but someday)! Additionally, this afternoon I was able to meet up with my cousin, who’s originally from San Diego but has been in Madrid for a while now, and it was really awesome getting to see her.Ohh and tomorrow I’m signing up for my first day trip to some old monastery that’s supposed to be really cool. I will also be putting my name on the list for what might be the most awesome trip yet; in October we are going to Morocco for a few days where we will actually stay with families! Those are the only two for now because I also have to buy text books and everything else, but who knows where else I’ll end up.