18.

It’s been a few days of Adulthood™ now. Pretty much nothing has changed, but I must say I am excited by the thought that I could go get another ear piercing right now if I wanted to (don’t worry, Mom, I’m not actually going to– it’s more expensive down here in San Diego anyway).

In the past year, I’ve learned a lot about myself, and I think I’m starting to figure out a little more about what kind of person I want to be. Coming to college has definitely been a huge change– it’s forced me to push myself way out of my comfort zone, and I can’t be thankful enough for it.

Eighteen brings a lot of responsibility (I’m very excited to be able to vote, and I’m very Not Excited to start doing more paperwork), but I like to think that I’m at least a little prepared– being on the younger side of the people around me is an interesting experience because I see everyone else experience these kinds of things before I do. When many of my friends turned eighteen, I had barely turned seventeen. When moving into the res halls, I was almost the only one that had to have a parental consent form signed because I was still a minor.

But I’m realizing more and more that age becomes increasingly less important as I grow older. Yes, I’m on the younger side of my class, but that doesn’t stop me from connecting with individuals who are a few years ahead of me in age. Many of my good friends are second, third, and fourth years, and some are even masters students. I remember very clearly being intimidated by the older students when I was just starting high school, but here, I didn’t give age difference a second (or really even first) thought. Common interests and good conversation transcend years.

I’m excited for eighteen. I think it’s going to be a year of learning like ones in the past, and the goal is to embrace every little bit of it.

Here’s some of what I’ve been listening to…

tune into my radio show, SPLATTER PAINT, Thursdays @ 1PM on KSDT!

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