Sunday, August 20, 2006

I'm Here!

Hey guys! My blog can now live up to its title, for as of yesterday, I am in college! Yep, I'm writing from inside my dorm room right now. You might be asking why I'm not at the beach instead. Well, it's raining. But hey, it's still college!

Okay, I'll hold down on the excitement until the end of the post. I thank you guys for all your prayers and thoughts over the past two days, because packing and moving in were completely stress free. It was amazing how simply it went, and how calm I was the entire time (I usually get anxious in unfamiliar situations -- and trust me, college is an unfamiliar situation.) Of course, it shouldn't have been amazing. I had asked the Lord to keep me calm, so he did.

My roommate is a cool guy. I don't know too much about him yet, but we got along well on the first night (and actually stayed up talking until about 1:00am.) He's a Methodist like me, and two people from his church are here at Wilmington, too. I've actually met a lot of Christians so far. Of course, that's not surprising. Most of the students here are from North Carolina, which is still considered part of the Bible belt. In fact, the R.A. and some other people on the hall headed to church this morning. I have to admire them for their commitment, but I think I've earned a chance to sleep in for once, so that's what I did (may God forgive me.)

So far I've gotten along with everybody. I mean, I've always been told I'm a friendly person -- which just means I can talk my head off in any given situation. I hope I haven't annoyed anyone, but so far everyone's being nice to everybody else, so that's good. There are definitely some typical college stereotypes, though: The computer nerd, the redneck, the prissy princess (there are about ten of those,) the foreign exchange student (he's English and right next door -- all the girls are crazy for him, and I can't blame them.)

And then there are Audrey and Alexandra. They're probably my best friends here right now, and I can see us staying friends for a good while. I guess you could say they're my "fag hags," haha. Yes, they know about my dilemma, and they're Christians too (Audrey's another Methodist and Alexandra is Catholic.) They seem to be really supportive, so much so that I told them about this blog (so if you're reading girls, hi!)

It's strange that I've already told two practical strangers when hardly anyone back home knows. It's not like I'm going around saying, "Hey, I like boys," but I do plan to be more open about it, especially to the Christian students. Am I being careless? I want to try and open a few minds, and maybe get some Christians to treat homosexuals with a little less callousness. I don't know: On the one hand, I don't want to have to pretend I like girls when I don't. On the other hand, I don't want to be known as the resident gay guy on the hall when I'm really not pursuing that lifestyle. It's a very atypical experience to be going through, but other than that I'm having a great time. I know I have the Lord's support and the support of some very cool people (yes, girls, I'm talking about you.) And of course I have you guys too, so don't be lazy when it comes to commenting!

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