Good news: time will tell

I didn’t expect it, but my second year at Pepperdine is different from my freshman year.

I went to the same school for 12 years before going to Pepperdine. I was comfortable at my old school because I knew every student and teacher. I knew the campus and where all the classes were, and I knew how to get around my hometown, Prague.

My first semester at Pepperdine wasn’t the best. I did not know why – so far. I didn’t just come to a new school and a new city, I came to a new continent, with a different way of life and different cultures. Living in the United States is very different from just visiting.

During my summer vacation, I started worrying about whether my first semester would be difficult again. To my surprise, there was no need to worry about it.

When I moved into my dorm, I realized that I didn’t even need to use navigation to get around. I don’t need to look for a good lunch or a coffee to stop. I don’t have to wonder where I’m going to put all the clothes I brought. I know my way around the area and remember how I organized my dorm last year.

As I started orientation week for the Graphic, I realized that I didn’t need to introduce myself to everyone. I no longer need to make a good first impression on my teachers. I don’t need to stress whether people are going to like me or not. I don’t need to ask where the newsroom is. I know the people I work with and I know the CCB well.

As I started the first week of class, I realized that I didn’t need to be stressed about what to bring to class. I don’t need to use the Pepperdine card. I don’t need to feel embarrassed walking alone on campus. I don’t need to queue at Starbucks – I can just use my GrubHub app. I know the professors, my friends and the buildings on campus.

Last year, I found myself in an unfamiliar environment with unfamiliar people. This year, I returned to my best friends whom I had not seen for four months. I came back to the teachers who were admirable to me and who supported me last year. I returned to all the places on campus where I spent my time having fun and studying last year. I came back to my favorite cafe, Blue Bottle, in the Malibu Country Mart. Came back to the cute Jeep I drive and left here for the summer.

It takes time to get used to a place. You might think at the time that this isn’t the place for you, but it just takes time. Time helps and time will heal you. Take your time for the wonderful things in life – you don’t always know something will be wonderful when you start it, but time reveals it.


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