Hello Forced Friend,
I must say this last year has been something of a spectacle. I have a pretty cool girlfriend in “E”, have gotten decent grades, and met some pretty cool people along the way. The University of Pittsburgh has been nothing but a great experience for me. As they say here, “Hail to Pitt”. I truly love this university and city though I will admit it has a flaw. That flaw is how confusing driving is here. Other than that it is pretty awesome and friendly for an urban northern city.
I am majoring in English Literature with a minor in Sociology. Pretty cool classes that come with that curriculum. None of my teachers are major dicks or anything. You know how some teachers can just not care or not like you or whatever? Yeah, well none of my teachers are like that. Well, there is this one who was like this extreme feminist evil robot type, who taught a class that was themed “Battle of the Sexes”. We read and analyzed titles such as “Their Eyes Were Watching God”, “Jane Eyre”, and “The Canterbury Tales”. I was expecting us to compare and contrast the behavior of the men and women in the book, but nope. To make a long story short, it was melee on being a man and an attack on their position in society. Which is okay, I’m okay with that really. My problem was the effect our slight differences on opinion had on my grade. If your argument was not her argument it was in her eyes a pointless argument. I got a B- for the course; lowest grade of the year. Kind of sucks but I can deal with it. GPA is still awesome so I will now digress.
Also, this year I truly am beginning to understand how my military service and life in general can have a strong influence on the way I view life compared to the people I hang out with. They all come from pretty upper-middle class or highly abundant households. I’m sure most of them have not seen a hard day in their life. Well a hard day in my opinion. An environment of paucity in encouragement, support, and what my acquaintances would consider basic things like three square meals a day would definitely cause a disconnect with them. Add to that bombs going off in my ear in Afghanistan and well it puts me in a bit of a pickle. Experience over age. I am on another planet than them experience-wise, although I probably act their age, so it helps I guess with bridging the gap.
Those are pretty much the basic things. I will be completing my senior year next summer and I look forward to the internships I’m taking this summer to get experience in journalism, publishing, and marketing. Got a few news sources lined up for internships in the summer and fall. Anyway, it is getting late. I need to get some sleep. Talk soon and thanks for listening.