The first day can only be described with one word: long. I woke up early, said goodbye to my three little sisters, and went off with my parents. As soon as I arrived, I was escorted all over the place with a few of the other new students. My parents, however, were not permitted to go any farther than the gate with me. My mom cried and my dad had a sad look on his face. I didn’t want to cry in public, so I made the goodbye a quick one. I’ll see them in a few months, and I’ll be talking to them regularly. Back to the campus. Go here for student ID’s. Go there for a urine and blood specimen to be taken. Go here to get your uniform. Go there to go over the campus rules. The food is okay. I almost fainted when they drew my blood, but lay down for a few minutes, and I was fine. After a day that seemed to take forever, I finally got to my room and unpacked all of my things. I share a room with three other girls. They seem nice. More on them later. I’ve got a headache from all of the running around and plethora of new information, surroundings, and people. It’ll all be an adjustment. I’m excited, but tired. One roommate wanted to talk while I was trying to write this. I kept trying to politely end the conversation, but she kept asking questions. I wouldn’t have minded, but I’m tired.
Another long, but less tiring, day. I finished the physical, and had lunch with the group of new students that came in with me yesterday and the senior staff on center. During this lunch, we were required to get to know a member of the staff. The staff would stand up and introduce the student to the rest of the room. And the student, in turn, would introduce the staff. Taking a speech class in High School has proven to be useful. I did well in covering what I had learned about the staff member, and made everyone laugh in the process. Public speaking is still not one of my favorite things to do, but I find that it bothers me a lot less than it used to. After the lunch and another presentation on campus rules and safety, we went to a campus meeting called “Town Hall” to listen to the director talk about the past week and the next week’s events and such. After dinner, I went on a tour off campus to Downtown San Jose. We didn’t really see much, unfortunately. The day ends with sitting in bed and writing this before an episode of anime and bedtime.
The morning started up with TABE (Testing of Adult Basic Education) testing to evaluate my reading and math skills for the work place. Going in, I expected to have a more difficult time with the tests. But they were fairly easy. I more than passed both tests. A score of 543 is required to pass the math portion, and I got a score of 628. A score of 544 is required to pass the reading portion of the test, and I got a score of 628. In all honesty, and without a hint of conceit, it’s not all that surprising. I’ve always tested well. And for those that didn’t pass, there are classes they will be taking to brush up on their math and reading. More safety and education presentations, then the new students went to play miniature golf. It was fun. I’m terrible at it, but so are a lot of people. I’ve met all sorts of people in the last three days, and they seem to like me. They’re learning that I’m a bit different and quirky, but I guess they appreciate that in a way. And so ends another long day.
We went to the Health and Wellness Center to get our needed shots and the results of our blood and urine tests. I had to get two shots. I hated it. I felt like such a little kid, almost crying because someone poked a tiny needle into my arm. Although, I will admit that my arm still hurts a little. Ouch. One of the nurses even gave me a hug because I looked so miserable and sad. The positive to this visit was the results of the tests. I am perfectly healthy with no diseases and no trace of drugs in my system. Of course, I already knew that, but the tests are necessary for their records. Today was a “Diversity Awareness” day. Each month is dedicated to a certain nationality and students learn about their culture. I appreciate this because it’s something that has always interested me. This month was dedicated to Islanders. The lunch was longer than normal with different activities as well as interesting food. After lunch was our last presentation and we were free to do whatever we want for the rest of the weekend. I’m taking this time to write and do laundry. I’ll also be watching anime and, hopefully, heading to bed early.
Summation of the Week:
Though a long and tiring week, it has been a good one. I’ve learned about the program and the people I’ll be spending time with for the next four weeks. I look forward to continuing on in this program and receiving my High School diploma as well as certification in my trade. As for the Aspie side of things, I’m taking it slow and being patient and coping well with all the newness of everything. No milestones, just trudging on in my slow improvement.