A colleague of mine mentioned in her blog that she thought it might be valuable to start university "directionless", but I cannot agree. This is, no doubt, the reason so many of my fellow students are in their fifth or sixth years of four-year programs. When I started school, I wanted to do a major in English, and I knew I wanted to be a high school teacher. I'm going to complete my degree in the recommended four years because I had that goal from the start.
Man, this year has been an active one for me! In my first year, I lived in Qualicum Beach with my parents and took the intercity bus to then-Malaspina everyday. I had no time for extra-curriculars because I was always on the bus! Now that I live in Nanaimo I'm an executive member of both the English and the Creative Writing clubs and seem to have time to hit a couple of guest lecturers or poetry readings from time to time! I feel more part of the community than before.
That's what university is for me: community. Sure, I'm learning how to write in my genre and hopefully I'll be able to get a teaching gig when I'm through, but it's the networks I'm developing with other writers of my generation, my contemporaries, that I think will prove most valuable.