It’s been over a week since I’ve been here in Calgary! For whoever doesn’t know, I moved to Calgary to go to the University of Calgary for a bachelor of nursing degree. And what a whirlwind its been so far! The first stage of the transition was actually getting to Calgary – I bought my first car back in March, which I got for the purpose of coming here. So mom drove with me, and we left early early morning to catch the first ferry, and drove all day, straight from Vancouver to Calgary. I was nervous about driving that whole way by myself, because I had never driven that long at once before. Thankfully mom was there as a backup if I got tired or wanted a break – although she only ended up driving for an hour and a half out of the twelve hour drive. I was pretty impressed with myself! Haha
Mom stayed for two more days to help me with the transition – moving in, last minute buys, etc. I am so thankful that she was able to come with me for this transition, because it would have been a lot different and more difficult I think without her. So mom, if you’re reading this THANK YOU! I was pretty awesome. I said goodbye to mom Monday night and drove home feeling really strange – like I was really alone now. I knew I wasn’t ACTUALLY alone cuz I have so many good friends here, but I guess I was struck with ‘now I’m really responsible for taking care of myself and everything by myself from here on!’ True adulthood, it’s kind of scary!
Last week at the school was O-Week (Orientation week), which is dedicated to the first years and making sure they get welcomed into the school properly, and learn all the ins and outs of the university etc. The first day was quite a bit out of my comfort zone as it was all very peppy with a big ceremony where we did cheers and stuff. Not really my thing – but put that on top of meeting a bunch of new people, and trying to navigate around a brand new campus and feeling like I knew nothing at all, it was a good combo for feeling very overwhelmed. I left early that day as I just needed to not be around so many people not knowing where to go or what to do. Day two of orientation was a bit better, as it was specifically for the first year Nursing students. We had a big nursing orientation session where we heard from lots of teachers and student reps about what to expect, where to get help, and events to get involved in. I met this girl Sharla during that and we hung out for the rest of that day with the nursing faculty, so that made it better to have a friend to talk with about all the craziness! I think a lot of the first years feel and experience the same kinds of things with coming to a new university. She moved here from Swift Current, so she also moved away from home, which as I know makes it that much more difficult in the beginning stages. I did end up leaving early that day too though, because a lot of the stuff they had planned was stuff wasn’t mandatory and I wasn’t really interested in it. Thursday the main thing that was supposed to happen was a tour of the campus, but I didn’t go because I was going to be given a tour by Dayna, who also goes to UofC, the next day. So that day (Thursday) turned into a sleep in/relaxation day for me, which was amazing. I got a bunch of organizing and some last minute shopping done, and caught up on Grey’s Anatomy :) Friday I picked up Dayna and we went to the uni for a tour and to buy our books. This was the first time I’d seen her since saying goodbye at the airport in Estonia, so it was pretty exciting! She took me to all the buildings where my classes are so that I would know how to get to them, which was super helpful! And we went to the bookstore and bought all our textbooks together. It was kind of weird walking around UofC with her, when we’ve spent so much time together in Estonia. That’s like where I really got to know her well and where we’ve connected the most, so it was pretty exciting to be able to experience my first time at university with her too! I’m excited to be able to be here for four years and continue all of my friendships here that I’ve made over the past couple years.
I was also able to reunite with some Rocky friends a couple times during the evenings. It’s so cool to know that I still have such a close knit community from Rocky and I can just be thrown right back into it and be totally accepted like I had never left. I had no idea who would be coming to join us one of the evenings, and there ended up being like 10 people there from res and edge who I hadn’t seen since graduation, and it was such an AWESOME surprise. I also got to meet a couple new people who came last year, and it was cool to see where these old friends have come and think about how it has changed since I was there and how we’ve all grown. I’m definitely excited to continue hanging out with them more and getting to know them better throughout the years I’m here!
And now to end off this crazy week, I went as a leader to the youth group (Ignite) fall camping trip to a big group camp site just west of Calgary. When Jeidy and I were here before, we both were leaders at Ignite as well, and Peter asked if I would like to do it again and I said I would love to try it out and see how my school schedule works with it. So this weekend was the perfect way to kick off my time at Ignite, reunite with some of the teens and meet some new ones, and relax one last time before the craziness of classes started. We had a few big group activities together, but we also had a lot of time to relax in the sun and enjoy each others’ company, as well as gather around the fire at night and sing songs and hear from Peter what God wanted to say to us that weekend. It was very refreshing for me and I’m glad I was able to go.
The first day of classes was today – I had my first class at 8am in a huge lecture hall that fits 400+ people, and it was packed. Definitely a different feel from the 25-30 student classes in high school and even bible college. But despite being very tired, I enjoyed taking in the experience, and the prof is really nice and funny so I think it will be a good course. One of the most challenging ones, don’t get me wrong, but it will work out well I think. Then I had a 6 hour gap between that class and my second one at 3:00, so I talked with one of my Rocky friends and they were having their kick off BBQ lunch there, so I took the train on over and had a little blast from my past. It was really surreal and weird at first, being back at Rocky and seeing all the familiar faces, but it was cool to be back as well and remember how far I’ve come since being there. My second and last class of the day was another 300+ lecture hall that was packed, and I met a really nice girl who is in her first year but graduated in ’03 and decided to go back to school. The prof was really funny and all we did was intro stuff, so today was pretty easy, but this is going to be another challenging course. Right now I can feel that I’m just on the brink of being completely inundated with work, but I know that proper time management and commitment to study will ensure that I succeed, so I’m motivated to do that right now. Let’s just pray that I keep up this attitude and don’t get discouraged!
Well that’s all I’ve got for now, thanks for reading!