Advice From a Cat: Freshman Edition
Written by Ben Waswa You, first year, have launched out on a unique and grand adventure, one quite like the one every single university student has gone on before you. It's one filled with crazy dorms and way more than the daily recommended dose of all-nighters. When thinking on how best to explain the aventuré you'll be experiencing, I spent all of five minutes pondering how best to explain it. I arrived at the single conclusion: Bob. Bob's your average 23lbs., meat and potatoes, kind of cat. This is the point of the story where you and Bob juncture, o freshman. Both were forced from hearth and home (maybe not so if you're a commuter living with your parents…cheater) into a bright new world that you had no knowledge of before. He had a date with destiny and a cat’s cage; for what family road trip would be complete without a feline? Never really given to wild flights of fancy, but rather one chosen by fate for one such departure. As we pulled onto the TransCanada and left all that Bob knew behind, he was quite homesick (and perhaps just a little carsick). He did not like this change. He wanted home. Had we not been travelling down the highway at over 100 kph, he might have accomplished that goal. But that too came to pass and Bob found that this newness wasn't actually unpleasant. The cat could watch cars, trees and countryside travel by.
When we finally arrived at the beach many hours later, Bob was ready for new experiences, discovering what he enjoyed and what he didn't: rain – dislike; hunting squirrels – like; swimming in the ocean – wildly and passionately dislike. If you were ever to have a conversation with Bob, overall, I imagine it might go something like this: “Bob, I don't know what I'm doing here or what I want at university, any advice?” “Meow.” and you would both have a connection that transcends species or even verbal communication. So in comparison, new tdub'ers, you've been given a chance to explore. To do really whatever it is you want. In the beginning it may seem scary, a great unknown, but as you sink your paws into it, uni becomes something exciting. So try new things, find what you love, and live life (because we don't have nine lives). Who knows, you might even not dislike it.