Today’s post is gonna be about first impressions upon arrival in the USA!
It was the 27th of August, 2014 when I first stepped foot in Boston. I didn’t expect much shock from my arrival, for I had been in the EEUU plenty of times before, visiting my family in Idaho or travelling with my parents and sister.
I grabbed my bags at the terminal and shared a taxi to the dorm with some of my Spanish classmates. Looking out of the window I was shocked to see European-styled building made out of brick with ivy growing on them! Nothing like the image I had in my mind of USA and the memories of my hometown back in Idaho, with the fields, big country houses, and the little white fences. I came to the conclusion that New England was a very different place than what I expected.
Stepping out of the taxi, I found myself looking up at this 10-story building with a big red sign that spelled “512 Beacon Street Danielsen Hall,” and a bunch of students and their parents filling these big yellow carts with boxes, lamps, and pillows. I dragged all my stuff though the doors to find a bunch of shiny balloons welcoming us, and after some paperwork, I proceeded to the room that had been allocated to me and my other two roommates.
On the elevator, I was extremely nervous about who my roommates would be, if they would be there when I arrived, if I would have first choice on bed and closet, if it would be a nice room… All these things were storming through my mind as the elevator doors opened and I dragged all my stuff to the door. I put my key in the door knob and when I opened the room I was blinded by the light coming from the windows. My room had four enormous windows looking onto the Charles River. I was psyched!
One of my roommates had already arrived, but wasn’t in the room, and had chosen the bed next to two of the windows, so I went and put all my stuff the one on the other side of the room, next to the old frame of a fireplace, so I could use it as shelf.
I left everything and ran to meet with all my classmates to go get our Terrier Cards and do some essential shopping so we could sleep in a made bed the first night. At the Terrier office, we met an adorable American freshmen girl that volunteered to take us to Bed, Bath and Beyond in her car to get the stuff we needed and took us home after that. You will also later learn that your Terrier Card is your life while living in Boston, for you use it to get into your on-campus dorms, dining halls, printing, fitrec etc.
Once I got back, I unpacked all my suitcases and shopping and made myself at home. It is my belief that no matter how long you will be living in one place you must always make it look like a home, and that way you won’t feel so home sick! =D
By then, the end of the day had come and my first of two roommates was back in the room smiling and saying: “Hello my name is He Xi, I’m from Beijing, China, but you can call me Xi. I look forward to this year living with you.”
After that I decided that, no matter what, this was going to be a good year.