Yep. You read that right.
Actually, I've got a couple of very important things going on this week. My church is having a festival called Jubilee, and I'm volunteering three out of the four nights it's being held. Last night was the first night, and it went great! You can live-stream the event by looking up Victory Life Church on Facebook. Andrew Wommack spoke last night, and it was really cool.
Jubilee goes through Saturday, normal church is on Sunday, and I'm moving on Monday. Moving out of my parents' house for the first time, and into an apartment-style dorm at my college. It's my senior year, and I wanted it to be memorable.
(That, and my little sister is driving me nuts.)
Anyway, I've spent the past couple of weeks collecting all the things I'll need. Bedding, silverware, shower curtains, and a teddy bear to hug when I miss my family. Not to mention my textbooks. Thanks to Thriftbooks (I love that website!), I was able to get nine books--one of which is the collected works of Shakespeare in a single 4.5-pound tome--for less than $50 with free shipping. On that note, I offer a word of advice--never take two literature classes in one semester.
Am I excited? Yes. Am I nervous? Also yes. Do I see this move impacting my ability to post blogs? I don't know yet. I'm hoping to keep posting at least once a week. Assuming, of course, that my dorm has decent internet access--my website host tends to be a bit temperamental.
I only have one slight hiccup in my plan to move out: I don't have a job. Granted, as a full-time college student, I'm not obligated to have a job. The money I've saved up while working over the summer should be enough to pay for my food and gas, since my grandparents lovingly set up a college fund for me. But still, I'd like to make $30 a week to pay for groceries. My meal plan at the college only covers five meals a week, and I have access to a full kitchen as well as a full-sized fridge in my dorm. I borrowed my grandparents' crock pot and plan on making full use of it. Meal planning, here I come!
I'm not sure what God has in store for me. I don't know if I'll love or hate living in the dorms. Fortunately, it's only for one year, and hopefully the housing shortage will clear up by then. I'm seriously looking forward to being able to have and decorate my own apartment. And, at some point, own some land. I want a huge vegetable garden with fruit trees and maybe some bees. I might get sheep or goats. I can build a small rental house on my property and, depending on how well I can manage my garden, offer cheap rent in exchange for a few hours of work.
Heck, I think I'm a hobbit at heart. Or maybe a pioneer. My dad always says that I was born a couple hundred years too late.
What advice do you have for dorm life? Let me know in the comments below! God bless you, dear readers, and don't forget to like us on Facebook!
M. J. Piazza is a Jesus-loving, dog-walking country girl who just so happens to write books.