This picture was taken about 2 weeks into the new semester. These are a few of my good friends down here in College Station. Haley, the one in the blue dress, was the first girl in the ward to introduce herself to me. We talked for a bit, and then she invited me to have dinner at her apartment that night. I really didn't want to go, because I hated being outside of my comfort zone and going through that whole awkward getting-to-know-you small talk phase. But I am soooooo grateful I accepted the invitation. Later that night I met Christina (girl in the white blouse) and Marissa, who is now my roommate. These friends (and lots more were not in attendance at this photoshoot) are part of the reason I love being at this school!
I have found that it really only takes two or three times of getting out of your comfort zone and making an effort to meet new people before it becomes second nature. I suppose being a hairstylist has also helped. 12 hours a week spent getting to know new people at 15 minute intervals has certainly helped me improve my conversation skills.
Finals are upon me and I am looking forward to the Christmas break. This semester had me much more involved in school. My homework was project-heavy, a lot of my classes were discussion-based, and I had to meet a lot of other students in my major, all of which I really enjoyed! I love my major more and more everyday.
I made a few more friends this semester and I got to know some of my other friends a little better, too. Marissa and I hosted a Pride & Prejudice party every week for about 5 weeks starting in October. I found it abominable that so many of my friends had watched the Kiera Knightly version of P&P and then had the nerve to judge Jane Austen based on that piece of garbage! So we watched the A&E version, which is not 100% accurate (ahem, weird pond scene) but IS 100% better than any other film version that exists. I am happy to report that my friends enjoyed the series very much, and we have hopes of watching more films just like it in the future :) Now if I could just get everyone to read the actual novel...