A Typical Day at University

I’m inside, sitting at a desk, staring out a window and wondering why the sky has so many black splotches in it…when I realise it’s a window that hasn’t seen a washing since the day it was installed…

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…I’m outside, slipping down icy walkways with no railings, wondering whose stupid idea it was to build a university on a hill…

Image from here.

…I’m back inside, staring at the professor with shifty eyes; I  wonder what he’s so afraid of—he’s the one who’s already got a degree…

…I’m in the library, shuffling though the aisles of matching old-school books, wondering how long until they all go digital and libraries will be passé

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…I’m in class, sitting down, wondering how I always get stuck next to the kid who won’t stop raising his hand.  I hate him…

…I tell myself I shouldn’t, that it’s not nice, but I don’t stop hating him.  Don’t even know his name, and I can’t stand the kid…

…I’m wandering the halls, basically lost without my map, rubbing shoulders [not in the “I got a promotion” sense, but the “I’m going to die from infestation of germs” kind of way] with hundreds of people who I will probably never know…

…I’m learning about Romantic poetry but all I can think about is the Romantic era of art history, and I find myself wishing I’d never changed majors. The students discuss Isis, and the name sounds familiar, but I have to be reminded by the professor that she is the Egyptian goddess of childbirth.  In another life, I think I wrote an essay about her.  I’m so disappointed that I forgot…

…Then I pick up a copy of this week’s student newspaper, scan the pages for my name, and I feel hope…

…a glimmer of light at the end of this tedious tunnel…

It’s not a huge start, but it’s my start.  This is the sort of thing that makes classes worthwhile.

“Be cool.  Stay in school.”

About Camille

I'm Camille. I have a butt-chin. I live in Canada. I was born in Arizona. I like Diet Dr. Pepper. Hello. You can find me on Twitter @archiveslives, Facebook at facebook.com/archivesofourlives, instagram at ArchivesLives, and elsewhere.
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22 Responses to A Typical Day at University

  1. I felt the same way when I changed majors at first.
    You left a comment on my site for the Spin Cycle. You’ve got it right! Just post and send me the link in my comments! I can’t wait to see what you do!

  2. Alexa Mae says:

    Go you! You made it in the paper. You are one smart girl. And let me tell ya, pico de gallo is my FaVoRiTe! I am going to try your recipe. I love your style of writing.

  3. Holly Decker says:

    straight up that IS cool! oh i live for the day when you are published!
    i love this list. it brought me back to ASU all over again :)
    and um, just FYI… that annoying kid that raises his hand all the time? thats my husband.
    sorry! ;)

    way cool… congrats.

  4. HeatherPride says:

    Are you joining the spin cycle!? I’m so excited!

    You ARE cool, Camille. With or without school.

  5. Anonymous says:


    I’m so excited for you! YOU’RE PUBLISHED!!!

  6. Lauren says:

    You are famous! See you win. You are cooler! Beat that, sucka!

  7. bRAD says:

    Congrats on being in the paper!

  8. Carmen says:

    Neat that you are in the paper. Keep it up. Hope you get published more because you truly are an amazing writer. Did you ask to write in the paper or did they find your blog or how did it all happen? Just curious.

  9. raygon says:

    WOW! That is so exciting! Yea for you!

  10. anonymous says:

    Awesome. Way to go.
    Referencing your blog in the student paper, brilliant, now you’ll get tonnes of new Canadian readers. I’m so excited to hear some comments from your fellow students.

  11. NobodyNose says:


  12. Geneva says:

    Hooray!!!!! I’m doing a happy dance for you!

  13. DeeMarie says:

    Congrats on a great start to being regularly published! And you’re going to Spin?? That rocks!

  14. Granamama says:

    What is Spin Cycle?????? This is just the first of many publications. If anyone knows of others that need/want a good writer let them know about Camille. I am proud of you.

  15. It’s okay to hate that kid who keeps raising his hand. I hate him and he’s not even in MY class…

    And HOORAY for getting published!

  16. anna says:

    That’s awesome. As in really awesome because that’s something so many people will never ever accomplish.

  17. anonymous says:

    congrats to you!

  18. burnt cookies says:

    I just can’t figure this out, i’m some stunned eh.
    I started a blog on blogspot…could someone tell me how to link it to comments i would make here, so it fingers up when one cursors on my blog name, burnt cookies?
    Don’t read it, it’s really bad.

  19. Camille says:

    Burnt cookies– When you’re leaving a comment, in order to make your name become a link to your blog, you need to type in your blog’s url in the “URL” box. So if your blog is http://www.burntcookies.blogspot.com, just type that in next to “URL.” It won’t show your email account (only I see that), but it will turn your name into a link, complete with a finger when I cursor over it.

  20. THANK YOU for answering that question for me, Camille. You’re a peach. And congrats on the thousand bucks. I can’t believe tuition these days. My first year of University, (1980), i think tuition for the whole year was about 600 dollars. Who knows, i forget a lot. Anyway, WAY TO GO.

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