Through out this last week, I have been experiencing what most high school seniors will be dreaming about once May 1st rolls around. That is: meeting new people, finally getting out the parents nest, living in the dorms, having an amazing time at college,trying to balance fun and homework, and doing your own laundry...well maybe not the last one, but it’s definitely something that I experienced this week.
So I guess you’re probably wondering who I am. My name is Mario Martinucci. I was born and raised in Minnesota and attended Mahtomedi High School and graduated with the class of ’09! For those of you that don’t know where Mahtomedi is, it’s a suburb outside St.Paul, MN, so it’s in the Twin Cities region of Minnesota. I just started my freshman year at Luther College, and it’s amazing.
Orientation week was filled with fun activities to help freshman and transfer students get acquainted with campus, meet new people, and just have fun. The orientation committee and the Student Activities Council put on numerous shows and events for students all week. There was a comedy sports show, concerts, movies in the lawn, and even a hypnotist. I was fortunate enough to be up on stage and get hypnotized. I basically remembered getting on stage in the center for faith and life, doing a couple of weird things..that I thought were completely normal, then ending up in the library lawn...missing a shoe, my wallet and my cell phone. I felt so lost, but apparently I was hilarious...so that’s a good thing.
As I started my first college classes, I was getting excited to finally experience the differences between college and high school. On the first day, the change hit me pretty hard. I woke up bright and early, managed to get breakfast and began to start my day. My first college class was Spanish, and it started at 9:15, so not too early, but still early enough. After class was over, it hit me that I didn’t have to grab my bag, and start speed walking/sprinting to my next class...like you have to in high school. I had a whole free two hours to go do whatever I wanted. I didn’t get homework assigned the first day of Spanish class so even if I wanted to knock my homework out right away...I couldn’t.
This seemed to be one of the harder adjustments for me. It was hard for me to get out of the cycle that I had been in since, well, middle school. Every one of my classes has at least an hour in between them, so, hopefully when I get more busy/have more homework, I will be able to use that time more wisely.
It has been a fun week at Luther and I look forward to sharing my experiences with all of the readers!
Until next time,