For most people, the college stress starts with school. Most freshman are struggling with hard classes and a college-level workload.
Not me. I love school. I love my classes and professors. I love having something to work on.
My struggle is friends.
It seems that everyone is pairing off and hanging out and creating friend groups. Except me.
There are people that I see as potential friends and people that I eat meals with, but it will take time.
It seems that everyone else jumped straight to being best friends and it's just taking me longer.
I want best friends. I want people I can hang out with and watch movies.
I just don't have it yet.
There are times when I'm walking around campus, surrounded by people, but feeling more alone than ever. Sometimes I sit in the cafeteria, surrounded by people I know only slightly and using every small-talk topic I can think of, feeling more friendless than I ever have.
I've been in lots of new places, but very rarely have I been in a new place where I don't have anyone "old" to go back to.
It's lonely. There are days when I really like it here, and days when I just want to give up and go home.
Somehow, in all my years of living, I never learned how to have just friends. I've had best friends (i.e. kindred spirits). I've had people I say "hey" to in the halls. But I've never had people that I hang out with, but am not best friends with.
This is something the Lord is trying to teach me. It is a hard lesson to learn, especially when you don't have any kindred spirits to fall back on.
I am certain of one thing though. I am never alone.