Hiya, guys! I got in yesterday and after a good night's sleep, I'm ready for action xDD
I kept a small journal for the short trip and made an entry each day. I've included them below so you can see how the trip to Chicago went down ^w^
Captain Heidi's LogDay 1:
Arrived in Chi today. Plane ride wasn't a problem. We went down to the Loop and saw the Bean (again). Personally I don't see what the big deal is (our Cherry and Spoon is much better xD)
We walked up the Magnificent Mile, as well. It wasn't the best idea to where flats, though I had assumed we would be using the CTA. Plus, fashion counts here. My feet bled.
Praying they aren't sore during orientation tomorrow.Day 2:
I suppose orientation is fun if you are an extrovert that adores heavy bass that is loud enough to make you permanently deaf. But if you're an introvert like me, this is a living hell.
It feels exactly like high school orientation except longer and they do not permit you to go home.
I'm being held against my will
My group did win the Team Spirit Award (free t-shirts for everyone) which was a bit fun. If only they didn't scream so much about it
One of the reasons I decided to move away from home was so I could finally crawl out of my shell and be myself. It is turning out to be much harder than I anticipated. Once again I find myself in an environment that views being introverted as a character flaw. Despite how much schools claim to be welcoming to everyone, they really are only truly made for a certain group of people.
I have tried my hardest to talk to others and attempt to make friends, but have found myself unable to do so. I still carry my anxiety from high school and middle school with me. Hopefully, I'll overcome it in time. I've never realized what a problem it was until now, here sitting on the floor under the stairs.
On a brighter note, the theater group put on a decent short production about life on campus, particularly focusing on issues such as consent and respecting people's gender/sexuality/race/religion etc. Though once again I feel they are not sending a completely welcoming message to all students. One of the characters tended to keep to himself and was respectful to his peers. And yet the other characters judged his behavior and thought him "strange" since he didn't speak with them very often. I hope people are kinder when I officially move in.Day 2 conti.:
Everyone is out in the living space rapping and making quite a fuss. If it was hard rock I'd be right there, though
The night is going rather smoothly now. I met another writer and we had a nice conversation. Maybe we'll see each other in class in the fall. Shoot ideas off each other.
My roommate is also very nice. She seems to be a bit more keen to take part in the night life than me, though.Day 3:
Orientation went much better today. Things were calmer since everyone was tired.
Our group traveled to the Loop and checked out the main buildings where my animation classes will be held. Can't wait to explore the building! I'm pretty sure there is a gaming floor and an Animation Lodge, which sounds sweet.
Speaking of sweet, after we were released today, I took a walk with the family down to Lake Michigan. It was absolutely gorgeous, the moon shining on the water, and the lights from the city and the Navy Pier were so bright. Breathtaking
And yet I felt a twinge of homesickness. I know it will take some time before I adjust to the city, and it will take even longer before I can call Chicago home.Day 4:
Today was exhausting. Hiked all over the concrete jungle in 96 degree weather.
But we got to see a lot of cool things. For lunch we stopped at a Chipmunks themed restaurant which was adorable! Then we went to the conservatory (looked like a perfect, and not to mention free, place to study) and the zoo. The arctic exhibit was under construction, so we couldn't see the penguins or polar bears, but it was still fun. After that, Mom got it in her head to go to the Hancock tower, which was a few miles away. We don't know the Metro system too well, so we had to walk. And when we got there we found out that the free observatory isn't actually free (20 bucks per person!) But we were able to get in to the Signature Lounge where buying a drink counts as admission. Of course, drinks cost about 10 dollars each (and those were the non-alcholic ones!), so they succeeded in ripping us off. The view was amazing though, and I bet I looked hella cool sipping my Easy Street Martini
The hunt for dinner was unpleasant, but we found a cool restaurant called Portillo's that had an interesting 1930's theme. Speaking of, I'm going to try to find an Untouchables
tour when I return to Chi. I'm going to be living on the same street as one of the main characters, so I'm really excited to locate the other movie locations. A gangster tour doesn't sound too shabby either Day 5:
Arrived home today. It's amusing that we only lost a member of our party after
we returned home to Minnesota. My brother was a bit agitated by the ride home and wandered off somewhere. We thought he went down to baggage and when we couldn't find him, they wouldn't let us return to the terminal since we had already passed through security. So we had to request assistance from the airport police and one of the cops found my brother chilling in the Harley-Davidson store. It was actually really funny. When the cop found my brother, he asked him if he was looking for his parents. My bro replied, "Actually, I was looking for a cab."
That's our boy.
So yeah, that was my trip. Short, but a lot of fun ^^ Now I just have to worry about packing all my stuff for the move.
Also, I feel absolutely horrible about still not having the new Imagination chapter up yet. I had originally planned to have the entire thing done by now, but Phin and the gang are only just starting their adventure. Sorry I am so slow
Things are just so busy and now the damn delete button on the laptop is broken.
I'll try to get better ;n;
Thank you and God bless!