“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”—Martin Luther King Jr.
These last couple of weeks have been filled with firsts for myself and other Ave students. One such first was the first day of fall. On this day, the humidity decreased ever so slightly in preparation for what I’m told is “winter” (about 60 degree weather). In addition to this, we’ve experienced multiple exciting and challenging firsts as a student body.
Orientation week had officially come to an end and as the first day of classes drew closer, so did Hurricane Isaac. Everyone was busy watching the radar and making preparations for the storm. Now being from Michigan, I had never experienced a hurricane or tropical storm before, so needless to say I was pretty excited. Snow days are an integral part of Michigan educational culture, so I came to Florida with the unfortunate knowledge that I would no longer spend a day off of school sipping hot chocolate with six feet of snow outside. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Florida has hurricane days. It was announced that the first day of classes would be cancelled due to Isaac.
Freshman Orientation, the week I had been waiting for all summer, had finally come. We were driving to Ave Maria after flying from the northern tundra known as Michigan, to humid but beautiful southern Florida. I was both nervous and excited as we drew near to my new home.
My family and I arrived on campus for Honors Orientation, joining about 70 other honors program participants and the athletes that had arrived earlier in the month. I got all checked in and headed over to my dorm. After I unpacked and my Disney posters were hung, the real fun began.