Today has been so much better than yesterday. I think I was so overwhelmed, tired, hungry, and thirsty yesterday that I couldn't think straight. I laid in bed last night, roommate-less, very much homesick (wow, I sound so pitiful), and prayed out loud. I asked God to help me keep my head on, to give me a good roommate (I don't like being without one), to help me reach out and make friends (I have to overcome shyness), and to trust that He has His hands on my shoulders, guiding me every step of the way. That way, I don't have to fear.
I could tell a difference when I woke up. I was being a nana and went to bed around 9 PM, which turned out to be beneficial. My room faces the "back" of the school, and all the workmen started up with their trucks and trashcans and shouts and atom bombs and whatever else they were using to bang around... at 6:30 AM. I know eventually I'll get used to it. I hope.
Bonnie would have laughed at this: I was so thirsty this morning that I got two drinks, apple juice and a water bottle. I downed the apple juice in about five minutes and took the water to the big orientation meeting in Tuke Hall (Yes, I did laugh at the name). As the head of the school was talking, I opened up the water and took a swig... and nearly spit it all out, but I didn't. My face must have been hilarious, though. I read the label: "Sparkling" water. Blech. Not even flavored. Anyway, I thought it was funny.
On to more interesting things: I have friends! (God answered my prayer!) As I was leaving my room to wash my face in the (awkward) community bathroom, the two girls who live across the hall asked to borrow my hairdryer. And that was it. We were friends. I've hung out with them since, and we've found that we have TONS in common: we all are interested in journalism/design/marketing, and we're all serious students (for the most part!). They've invited me to travel with them! Yes! They've got this long, long list of all these places they want to see, including ones that I hadn't really considered, like Prague and Greece. I'm psyched.
I got an Oyster card today, which acts as a universal ticket of sorts for the tube, buses, and trains. You can add, or "top up" (British-ism), as much as you like, and the money you put on never expires... ever. It's fantastic.
I'm missing everyone back home, but today has been considerably better, and the future looks promising in God's hands. Next up: finding a church. :)