My first week in Charlottesville coincides with Shark Week 2012.
Coincidence? I think not. It was around this time last year that I uprooted myself and moved to a new city, and I can’t help but compare the experiences. I loved everything about my semester in Denmark, specifically my host family and host sister Caroline. It will be hard to beat those first four months in a city like Copenhagen, with such rich history and beautiful streets. But I am determined to be optimistic about Charlottesville, because I hear it’s pretty great. So here are five reasons why I will/should love my time here in Cville.
1. I’m a married lady. Duh. Well, not that I’m married, but that I’m married to my sweetheart, a Mr. Joseph Robert Bailey. And although it will take a while for me to warm up to being called Mrs. Joseph Bailey (I like my first name, people), I love being married to the man. I think he’s some kind of wonderful.
2. I get to have a fall. Do not underestimate this one. Fall is the best season ever. And last year I didn’t really get one, the weather in Cope went from nice and mild to cold, foggy, and rainy. I am so dang excited to see the leaves change!
3. I get to do chemistry. This one might be a hit or miss. Usually my schedule is well balanced between chemistry and art history, both things I love and enjoy. But an all chemistry schedule might make me a little sad/crazy. Or it could be really great. I get to be in a teaching position, which I am really excited about, so I hope this makes up for the lack in liberal arts studies that I have been perfecting the last four years.
4. I get my very own apartment full of my stuff. This is also not to be underestimated. I like having all of my stuff in one place (which is why Joe uses the closet in the guest room and I get both of the master closets 🙂 ). I loved my Wofford roommates, especially last year when I lived with my two best friends, but I also like having my own space. I also like Joe and I having our own space. It’s fun and we are learning a lot about each other.
5. I don’t know anyone here in Charlottesville. This is a weird one, but it’s one of the same reasons I loved Copenhagen so much. I get to meet new people, which I love doing, and I can reinvent myself if I so desire (which I probably won’t, aside from the new bangs). But I have the option to. I don’t know if I’m explaining this one right. It’s more about the opportunity to be a new person in a new place that excites me. Not that I ever really change, but it’s usually in a new place and around new people that you learn the most about yourself.
Get excited for Charlottesville, I know I am!