Nov. 6, 2006
Freshman softball player Eva Rappe kept a journal during her first three months at the University of Dayton. The underclassman discusses adjusting to college life and a colder climate.
Three Months at UD!
Now that I have been at UD for nearly three months, the fact that I love it still hasn't changed a bit. Fall season flew by and I can't believe it is almost time for Thanksgiving break! Fall season was pretty busy between lifting, class, practice, and study tables. I can only imagine what it will be like during the spring, but I can't wait! I had so much fun during the fall; it was great to finally get to play together for the first time.
The past three months have been filled with excitement, to say the least. I actually looked forward to practice and even lifting at 6:45am wasn't too bad. It is nice to get it done early in the day. After practice, it was off to study tables to try to get some work done for an hour or two. Try being the operative word. Now that we are done with practice, I am usually finished with my 8 hours of study tables per week by Wednesday, which is really nice. Thursdays . . . well, Thursdays are definitely my favorite day of the week. First, because it's my last day of CORE classes for the week and I only have one class on Friday. Second, because it's Pasta Night!
There is only one way to describe Pasta Nights. They are fantastic. Every Thursday night at 7pm, anyone is welcome to go over to Ellie's house for -you guessed it- pasta! You bring a couple dollars to help restock the pasta night cupboard and then you wash your own plate. Oh, and did I mention we have desert? It doesn't get any better than that. My birthday pasta night was quite a night. Let me just say, it involved Pepperoni Bake (only the finest), excellent desert, and a Dora the Explorer! Once I decapitated Dora (with a softball bat, of course), Ellie and I did a little soft toss to get the rest of candy out. Like I said . . . fantastic.
The only thing I have been a little disappointed in is the fact that everyone is telling me that I'm losing my accent! I thought I was doing a good job of maintaining it, especially since I talk to my friends from home a lot. They always help keep me from conforming. So, I absolutely cannot wait to come back from Thanksgiving break with my revived Southern accent.
I also can't wait for spring season to start! The weather will be definitely be an adjustment, though. It already has been, actually. It is still in the high seventies at home some in early November. And right now, at 11:32p.m. on November 3, it is a nice and crisp 24 degrees. Already, in the last month, I am positive that I have practiced softball more inside than I have in my entire life. Oh, I can't wait to see what December, January, and February have in store.