Nothing makes me feel more like a fish out of water than being a Film Major at the University of Rochester. Trying to find words to explain this strange and awkwardness is a challenge, but let me explain.
For me, it's hard being here sometimes because I spent the last four years of my life attending at Arts school in NYC. So I was constantly around artists and artwork. It was so normal for me that when I came here, I was shocked to find out that there are people who don't like art or care about it. I was so flabbergasted because for me, art is life! I completely understand that this school is known for it's engineering and natural sciences department, but the looks I get for being a humanitities major are just sad. I either get looks of pity or looks of confusion. For a lot of people, when they first meet me, they're also finding out that UR has a film program.
Trust me, it's not that I'm mad about it, I'm just thrown off that people really don't care about art. I mean I guess it's the same with me and science. I could never really truly love it like some other people can and do.
I think learning about that last year during freshmen year just really taught me a life lesson that I never really thought much about. You'll always be surrounded by different people everywhere you go; they probably won't share all of the same interest as you, and that's fine. But it's important to keep people who share the same passion as you close by so you'll always feel close to home.
By being around people that don't always share the same interest as you, you're forced to seek things that you like together and learn something new together. And hanging around people that share huge interests basically just puts a big smile on your face. By doing this helps you create a range of friends and start relationships that you never knew you needed in life.