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Finally updating my blog, starting with my impressions of #collegelife

I have made it to Florida, and I am past midterms. It hasn’t been entirely easy, but I am adapting. If it weren’t for existing friends down here who stepped up to make me feel at home, I do not know what I would have done.

I have found that living on a college campus means less distractions and yet more at the same time. It is a fundamental shift in perspective. Outside of campus I had a lot of…

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I have made it to Florida, and I am past midterms. It hasn’t been entirely easy, but I am adapting. If it weren’t for existing friends down here who stepped up to make me feel at home, I do not know what I would have done.

I have found that living on a college campus means less distractions and yet more at the same time. It is a fundamental shift in perspective. Outside of campus I had a lot of life things on my plate, for myself and my family. Yet here, that is so remote and takes the least of my attention. Classes take my attention now yes, but I’ve found so many opportunities to do things I could not do at home.

For example, I am playing a lot of Dungeons and Dragons. No really, quite a lot. I play it twice a week, and have stepped up to be organizer for the local game store by the campus. That has definitely enriched my time here, but I am still not connecting to students here.

This is something I expected. I’m a generation removed from the traditional student. I have a lot more experience dealing with life obstacles and the like. Unless it is a direct topic, finding casual friends on campus has been a tough fight. So I have all my gaming buddies and my furry friends. At times I am feeling quite lonely, yet I am constantly busy now.

However, I am getting to do want I’ve always wanted, to learn and explore life in a different direction. I am having my second chance, and that fire of determination is what keeps me moving forward.

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The Move: details & updates #Zac2Florida

This is part of the Zac2Florida series.

Today I am finally registered for classes at UCF. The big thing holding me back from registering was UCF Health Services requiring signed documents proving my immunizations. I am a thirty-something, I don’t have my baby records. So I had to get the vaccines again, and because of the waiting period required between each one, it has taken all summer to get…

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This is part of the Zac2Florida series.

Today I am finally registered for classes at UCF. The big thing holding me back from registering was UCF Health Services requiring signed documents proving my immunizations. I am a thirty-something, I don’t have my baby records. So I had to get the vaccines again, and because of the waiting period required between each one, it has taken all summer to get this done.

…but I am finally really registered! It is really happening! I did not do this alone though. It took my advisors, professors, & fellow students to help me along the way. And of course without my parents, I don’t even know how this would even happen.

Someday, I’m going to write some creative non-fiction about my journey. I could see it as a great story. from homeless to Honors President. I only want to keep up the momentum now.

So here are some details about the moving:

  • My Mom and I start the roadtrip on Saturday, August 9th, just my clothes and personal electronics basically.
  • We check in to French Quarter on the next day. My first time at FQ!
  • We have a dinner at ‘Ohana awaiting us on Sunday night, beginning our Disney vacation together!
  • We will go to Universal too, she’s never been!
  • Then on Friday, August 15th, I move into my on-campus single apartment. It’ll be my first time living alone in over a dozen years!
  • Mom and I shop the necessary things for the apartment, then we say our goodbye on Friday. (That’s the toughest part)