After I checked into the front office, the admissions clerk handed me my schedule. She also advised me to check with financial aid the next morning to make sure and be ready for Friday. Directing me to the dorms, I noticed that I was out of my element. There were hundreds of students all over the surrounding buildings. Some of them are in their dance apparel while others are dressed up and look so sophisticated they could come off the runway. Everyone was dressed differently with their very classy outfits. Some of the dancers seemed to be like those you see on television. I started to feel that I would never fit in. But fitting in was not why I was here. I was here to fulfill a dream and make Leo proud of me.
I tried to smile and say hello, but some of the dancers were so consumed with themselves they did not care to engage. A few nodded their acknowledgment of my presence, but the majority just kept walking like they had never seen me.
Well, I can see I am not in Michigan anymore.
I’m just glad I was finally at my destination. I looked at the paper the clerk gave me to make sure I am in the right place. Okay, Room 402a.
Outside the door, a wave of fear hits me. I could not help but wonder who will share the dorm with me. Thankfully, once the door opens, I’m pleasantly surprised. It was none other than Sandy on the other side to greet me.
“Wait, you’re my roommate?”
“Yes, I am.”
I pulled out the slip of paper she handed me earlier from my pants pocket. “Room 402 A.” I’m so happy I almost started dancing there on the spot. I haven’t known Sandy that long, but I could tell she was someone who would become my friend. Mom always said, “Mia, look for the warm, kind people. Those are the types of friends you need.”
“Oh, I am so glad to see you again, Sandy.”
“I’m glad to see you too, Mia. Come on in.”
I wasn’t expecting such a big dorm room. I would have been okay with a small one. But this is a pleasant surprise.
“So, Mia, what do you think?”
“Wow, this is ours?”
She could not contain her excitement. “Yes, it is.”
I could see the dorm was big. It had a nice kitchen, two bedrooms, a small dining room, and something that appeared to be an office or dance studio. Truth be told, this looked more like a nice loft apartment than a dorm room.
She nudges me in the side. “Mia, say something.”
“Am I dreaming?”
She laughed. “No, this is our dorm.”
“Wow, I love it.”
“I know I felt the same way.”
I looked around me and then back at Sandy. “So, where do you want me to put my bags?”
“Your room is the one on the right.”
“Thanks. I will go put all my things down now.”
Once I walked into my room, I cried from the excitement. As I looked over the beautiful room, with its nice queen bed that was already set up, I imagined one of the famous suites you see on television belonging to a famous movie star.
Sandy knocking on the door frame interrupted my thoughts, “Mia, is everything okay?”
I quickly wiped the tears from my eyes, opened the door and smiled, “Yes, everything’s fine.”
“Well, hurry up and put your things away. I am going to take you out on the town.”
Oh, this day could not be any better. “Awesome. Should I change?”
“No, Mia, what you are wearing is fine.”
“Okay.” I quickly put my things away and walked out of the room. “So, are you driving?”
Sandy grabs her purse. “No, we are taking the subway. I don’t have a car here.”
“Oh, neither do I.”
“Besides, Mia, a car would make it even more expensive to live here.”
I let out a small smirk. ” Why doesn’t that surprise me?”
” I know right? Come on Mia. I’ll show you how you don’t need a car in New York.”
“ I am loving this already Sandy.”
“Here’s to new beginnings, Mia.”
“Yes, I agreed.”
Here’s to new beginnings.
I think I am going to like it here.