Since high school, I have been waiting to enter college. I always wanted to be a college student; a serious student who would decide what to be in his life. My first day at Pierce College was on September 2, 2003, the first day of the fall semester. It was a day full of new experiences. I got into a new educational building, was exposed to a different style of learning, and met new people. My first day signified the beginning of my career goals. As soon as I entered the college campus the high school atmosphere was over and a serious period of my life began. .
By entering the packed parking lot, I got the feeling that I was entering a big institution. The time was 7:30 a.m., and cars were already lined up waiting to park. Luckily, I was able to find a space to park my car. I entered the campus and asked people to help me find my classes. I walked down the main walkway and was amazed at the size of the campus. Grass and trees surrounded it. People were studying sprawled on the grass with their books. I felt like I had entered a park, not a college. I walked into a big hall with video games, tables and chairs. People were eating, playing video games, and doing their homework. I soon discovered that it was the cafeteria. I felt quite insignificant; the campus proved to be shockingly enormous. Finally, I approached a student and showed him my classroom number in the schedule book. He told me to follow him because he was enrolled in the same class. He led me to the classroom; I found a seat and sat down. The nature of the classrooms at Pierce College came as another shock to me.
The organization of the classrooms was different from the classrooms in high school. On the first day, many students showed up even though they were not enrolled in the class. There were students trying to get add cards. Some students who were enrolled in the class did not show up that day. The teacher erased those students from the roster and gave other students who were not on the roster add cards to enroll in the class.