I never imagined moving across the country would be so tiresome.
The adrenaline kept me going for quite some time, but now that I'm settled, I just want to sleep for a few days. Even then, the racing thoughts in my mind about the first day of classes tomorrow is enough to keep my eyes open. College is just as exciting and terrifying as high school. Only this time it's completely new people in a completely new environment. I won't know anyone for once.
The knock on my door is what broke the trance. I glance over to the still empty bed on the other side of the room. Must be my roommate. I sigh as I push myself off of my own bed and make my way over to the door. Hesitantly, I open it. I'm not sure what I was expecting, really. Nothing extraordinary has ever happened in my life and this wasn't any different. In front of me stood a guy, probably an inch taller than me. He seemed relatively normal, except the two different colored eyes. I'd never seen heterochromia in real life before so I was admittedly stunned for a moment.
"Uh, you gonna let me in, or...?"
"Oh, sorry." I reply with a huff of a laugh, completely embarrassed. That probably wasn't the best way to start with the guy I'll be living with for the rest of the year. Luckily, he just gave me an amused smile.
"No problem, man. It's just that my arms are about to fall off." He says as he struggles over to his side of the room. "Name's Remy, by the way." He adds, setting the box down. Whatever was in it sounded expensive.
"Gavin." I reply simply while watching him begin to unpack a lot of electronics.
"Gavin. Gav-in. Gaaaaavin." Remy plays around with the name in his mouth before nodding with approval. "I like it. I've never seen you before, are you from around here?"
So this is how its going to be. Small talk, breaking the ice, 20 questions. I usually don't like it but this might be the only chance I have at making a friend before classes. Suffering for a little bit is probably worth it. "No, I'm not from around here. I'm actually from a small town on the east coast. But this is my dream school so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to go here." I explain.
Remy isn't looking at me but by the way he nods and genuinely seems in thought, I'm sure he actually listened and cares about my answer. "Yeah, if this is what you wanted, it's a good thing you went for it." Remy smiles encouragingly. "My friends and I actually went to school about twenty minutes from here, so none of us are traveling. Since this school has all kinds of programs, we figured it would be nice to stay closer to home while still doing what we want." He explains.
I could understand that. I would have stayed closer to home if it would have benefitted me in any way, but it didn't. The only reason he ever would've rather stayed would be for his little sister. He didn't want to be an absent brother, knowing that more affects a kids psyche than many adults seem to understand, but he also knew none of his family wanted him to hold himself back for their sake. Including her. That didn't keep him from giving her extra hugs when he left as he tried his best not to cry along with her.
"That's cool." I reply lamely. I hardly sound interestd, but I am. This guy is going to be my roommate for at least this year, the least I could do is make it very clear that he isn't a burden. "So what are you going to be majoring in?"
Something about the way Remy lit up was incredibly endearing. I've always loved when people talk about their passions. "Oh! I'm an engineer major with a minor in computer science." He exclaims happily. I offered a small smile and nodded, hoping to convey that he can continue. He caught on pretty quickly. "I've just always loved technology, y'know? Seeing how far people can push the boundaries, what new gadgets we can come up with to make life a little less inconvenient. The ethical side of technology advancement is debatable but that's to be expected." He rambles.
It wasn't often people admitted the down sides of their passions, especially effecting others. It was refreshing to see Remy acknowledge that part. The way his cheeks flushed ever so slightly was cute as well.
"Ah- sorry. I didn't mean to word vomit." He laughs, words far less eloquent than before. "What about you?"
Yeah, that was the question, wasn't it? What about me? What am I spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to study for four years that I'm ultimately going to be stuck with for the rest of my life? "Honestly?" I start, heistant of getting the same reaction my mom had given before basically saying I was doing it her way or I wasn't going at all. "My mom is making me major in law, but I'm really interested in the pre-vet program." I admit, shifting in my spot nervously. Mom thought it was a waste of my time to want to help the helpless if they weren't even people. I suppose I felt that the ones that aren't people deserve it more.
I didn't miss the way Remy's face scrunched up. "Dude, no offense, your mom kinda sucks." He says with a huff of disbelief.
I couldn't help but let out a chuckle. Yeah, she kinda did. "I know, I know. I'm hoping in the two years that I do mostly gen ed, I can convince her to let me do the pre-vet program. I'll have to take a couple of science classes anyway." He says thoughtfully. Remy probably thought I was weak for not standing up to my mom. But when I looked back up to the amber brown and bright blue, all I saw was compassion and understanding.
"I'm sure it'll all work out. Just give it some time." He encouraged. Right. Time. The one thing we're constantly running out of.
Gavin Miller is painfully ordinary. Good at a lot, great at none. He is completely content to live a boring, mundane life. However, when he moves across the country to begin attending his dream college, he realizes that life there will be anything but.