I’m a freak. And a geek. And I’m okay with that. All things considered, I think it’s pretty cool.
I never planned to be a Longhorn. I never planned to be a Texan. I ended up in the state because of a computer game, a baby shower, a nomadic lifestyle and a goat-raising campground owner. It’s a long story. I promise to tell you later.
I stayed in the state because, after a year, I couldn’t imagine leaving. I gave up a guaranteed scholarship to UNC to pay my way through Texas. People called me crazy. Maybe I am – but I love it here. I may talk with a North Carolina twang, but I feel at home on the UT campus. Just don’t ask me to take sides in this season’s upcoming Longhorn vs. Tar Heel basketball game.
I’m a Pre-Social Work major. The goal is to get a master’s, become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, go into private practice, and help people. If I could get a 4.0 and graduate top of my class along the way, that would be pretty cool, too. I’m nothing, if not ambitious.
I approach college from a unique perspective. I took myself out of public school in 2003 and became an Unschooler. I liked it so much that I did it for the next six years. That’s how long it’s been since I’ve been in a real school. Quite honestly, it’s a little terrifying. No training wheels for me! Straight from a no-structure-learn-what-you-want-when-you-want environment into college. The (almost) twenty-year-old freshman. Didn’t they make a movie about that? Wait – that was The Forty-Year-Old Virgin. Still, same premise. There’s a classification system in place here and people my age are supposed to be on a totally different level.
I’m Obsessive-Compulsive. If you don’t know what that is, you’ve been living under a rock. The media is in love with OCD these days. If you do know what it is, trust me, the media has it wrong. Living with OCD is a challenge and being an OC college student will be a bigger challenge still. I think I’m up to the task though, and I hope that I can show that mental illness does not equal either stupid or crazy (and also, that Monk, while funny, does not define the entire Obsessive-Compulsive population.)
I’m really excited to be blogging. This year promises to be interesting, and I can’t wait to share it all with you, my dear readers (MDR).
Until Next Time