I wish the start of school didn’t make me overly anxious
It’s normal to feel anxious when you start a new semester. Graphic Nadine Abdellatic
After being a part-time student for five years, I’m still not used to it. I actually fear it. I often zigzag around the Hall building as I look for my classrooms. I somehow manage to circle the same part of the right floor without noticing, realizing that the direction of the signs is misleading. I stand still and feel frustrated as if I am wandering through a maze.
I never want to walk in late, so getting lost is never fun. What’s worse is that 60 new faces stare at me as I enter the room and awkwardly move to a chair.
I also never know what to expect on the first day. Being as anxious as I am, I repeatedly check my professors’ ratings before class. I’d like to have an idea of the professor’s teaching style and workload to know what I’m getting into. But no matter how high the professor’s overall rating is, I’m never prepared when the professor unexpectedly orders everyone to introduce themselves to the class – my worst fear comes alive. I never know what to say. I struggle through my head and think of something interesting to say about myself, but the only thing that goes through my head is my nagging fear.