For my first time away from home in a college environment, things were really not that bad. The residence halls are spacious and actually pretty cool at night despite the lack of air conditioning (or at least if you have a fan). And having a roommate is not nearly as bad as I have feared in the past; it’s actually pretty fun. I feel as though I lucked out here since my roomie is pretty cool. As a matter of fact, I learned that we were actually at the same show at Terminal 5 last year. Small world, right?
For the first day, we finished earlier. Of course, this was only a one-time occurrence, something we were assured would not happen again. But for this one, glorious day, we of the Greene Team were done by 7 p.m. What followed was hardly what one would expect from young, aspiring professionals: a rousing game of Apples to Apples to help break the ice. It was the largest game that I have even participated in. We had a total of 19 playing. And although we only managed to get through one round, it was definitely a fun game. Afterwards, I was able to watch the end of one of my favorite childhood movies, “She’s the Man,” before turning in to my room. It was an enjoyable first night, yes, but turning in, all that was on my mind was the next day and all the work that lay ahead of us all.
What was a little more surreal was waking up in my dorm for the first time. At 5:30, my alarm went off and for once, I actually got up without three other alarms going off or my mom kicking me out of bed. And I guess even for Stony Brook programs, 5:30 is just a little bit early; as far as I could tell, no one else was up yet. So there I was, alone in the quiet hallways. Compared to rabble of the night before, it seemed a little unusual not to hear anything. But it was pretty cool to feel like you’re the only one up and around in such a big school. But before I knew it, we were all down to breakfast and the day had begun.