So I was nervous.
Today was the first day of law school orientation. Not even the first day of law school. Orientation.
I walked to campus because I live close enough and picked up my packet. There, in black and white, my name cried out to me from my folder:
“Talia N. Buford. Section 1”
I take my folder and head into Room 205 — where our Introduction session would be held. This is where things started to feel odd.
I walked in and everyone in the lecture hall was sitting on the side closest to the door. So I sat on the other side of the room, just across the aisle.
Not many people were talking. Most were just reading their folders. With me being on the side of the room by myself, my choices were limited.
I opened my folder and started to read.
Not saying I failed. But I didn’t exactly feel like a winner.
It was odd. Like, I felt out of place. Like it was the first day of school and none of the cool kids — shoot, none of the kids — would talk to me. The room was sort of tense. No one wanted to be the first to speak, to show any emotion, or put themselves out there. And I followed suit.
Shortly after I sat down, someone came in — a woman — and sat next to me. I ignored her.
The room slowly started to fill. Eventually, a man came and sat in front of me. After fiddling with his folder for a few minutes, he turned around and introduced himself.
“Hi, I’m Ted.++”
I smiled and extended my hand. Everyone around him followed suit awkwardly.
I relayed this scenario to Veronica over lunch to which she replied, “Why were you being all anti-social?”
I think the awkwardness came because I didn’t know what to expect. There weren’t any ambassador groups ushering me through school chants a la Hampton, and all of the students (in my head) seemed to have permanent scowls.
I don’t like scowls.
After the opening session, I tried to not be intimidated by my new surroundings for the rest Proxy-Connection: keep-alive
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I chatted up two guys at the computer terminals while I checked my e-mail. They were nice. One was in my section and the other was in section 2, so I’ll likely only see him in passing from now on. It was still a little awkward, but a different kind of awkward. That I-don’t-know-much-about-you-to-know-if-we-have-anything-in-common type awkward that means you only have small talk. But it was nice to see a smiling face in the student expo.
Beyond that, a few things I’ve observed/noticed today:
*I need a D.C. bag. If you come to the city, everyone has a good sized totebag that they carry things in. Extra shoes. Water. grocery bags. Dead bodies. Whatever. All of my bags have been either too small or too large. Veronica makes some and I’m lobbying for a free/heavily discounted one to carry with me to school daily. Will report back on my progress.
*I may have paid too much for a laptop sleeve. I paid $23 for one at Best Buy. It seemed expensive. But I needed one. So I bought it. In hindsight, I feel like I should have looked around more, comparison shopped. I’ll consider exchanging it this weekend before I open it.
*N.E.R.D. on shuffle makes great walking music.
We have more orientation activities this evening, including a welcome from the Dean and a concert from the Capitol Steps. I’m kind of excited about that because if you read my other blog, you know that I was a part of the Follies, a similar group in Rhode Island. If my phone doesn’t die, I”ll try to snap some shots to share with you all.