Judging by who I make friends with, it’s almost like I’ve completely distanced myself from my own major.
Over the past semester and summer classes, most of the people I’ve made friends with were in the departments of Theology and CIS (Computer Information Systems). So basically, I’m friends with a lot of pastors-to-be, and businessy people who know a lot about computers. A bare few are actually in my faculty, the Faculty of Education.
This is mostly because a lot of the students taking Education as their major are from Myanmar, and they mostly stick together. I also tend to sit next to the same people every time, so I never really branched out that much.
But now I’m in a class where the teacher splits us up into different groups a lot. But not only are we in different groups, we have to stay within those groups. And the result was that I actually realized ‘Hey, I actually like the people in my faculty!”
It was hard not to be jealous of the multi-national, smart-mouthed individuals at CIS, or the boisterous close-knit Biology Majors, or the tux-wearing all-knowing Theology majors. But my closed-mindedness shut me off from quite a lot of people.
This may sound dumb, but I slowly realized that we all had the same passion. We weren’t taking Education as our major just because it was one of the cheaper majors to take. It was because of a desire, a mutual drive to see our worlds and communities better educated. We even had jokes that only we as teachers and educators would understand. And I found myself laughing and enjoying myself more than ever. And as people talked to me, I realized that I wasn’t as invisible as I thought. People were actually interested in talking to me and finding out what I had to say.
Instead of seeing them as just other students in my class that I would never really get to know, I saw them for what they were really were. Special. It dawned at me that these 30 some individuals in my class were going to change the world. Sure, we’re just a bunch of goofy uni students now, but when we leave, we’re going to split up and benefit our own different parts of the world. And that’s amazing. And I only hope I get to know them and enjoy their company while they’re here.