Here's the story of my first night in college.
I lived in the dorms and was so relieved that I was rooming with my good friend from high school. She and I had sat next together in band from 7th grade - 12th grade, she played flute and tenor sax, I was on bari sax. Yep, I've been ousted - I'm a bonafide band geek. I even majored in music for my first year in college.
Anywhoo, I've always been the kind of person who can't sleep when I'm anticipating something great. And my first day of college, without a doubt, was meant to be great. So Stepha (short for Stephanie; the nickname came from the jazz song we played "Stella by Starlight") got top bunk, I got bottom bunk. I kept my sax case next to my bed, I guess there wasn't space under it.
I tossed and turned. This was a weird bed, a weird room. The bed was a extra long twin, or whatever is standard in the dorms, and the mattress was beat. I was incredibly spoiled because I slept on a king sized bed at home, so I was extra paranoid about moving around because I knew I had a lot less space. So all night I worried about the next day, tossed and turned, worried that I would embarrass myself and fall out of the bed. Finally relief came and I passed out.
6:00a came with a beep beep beep as my alarm started going off, letting me know that it was time to get up and trudge my way over to Music Theory 101. The least exciting and most difficult class that I would take that year. Normally alarm clocks don't bother me, I wake up and can just turn them off. I was a morning person back then. That morning however, maybe it was the fact that I got no sleep and the little sleep that I did get I was dreaming about random scenarios that would prevent me from making it to class on time or somehow embarrassing myself in front of everyone, the alarm clock did scare me and I woke up with a start and found myself flying out of the bed, knocking over the sax case and falling into the middle of the room, all tangled up in sheets and everything else within a 2 foot perimeter. Good thing my roommate already knew me, otherwise that would have been even more awkward!
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