Chapter 1

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"Are you sure you don't want the pink one? I think it's prettier." My mother frowns her nose at the yellow, gray, and white comforter that I picked out.

"What's wrong with the yellow?" I frown.

"Nothing, I just like pink." She shrugs. "Get what you want."

"Yellow it is, then." I say and chuck the large object into our shopping cart.

It was a busy late Sunday morning for us. Because we've waited to the very last moment to finish a lot of shopping for college, we are trying to get as much as we can done today.

Yes, the time for college has officially come.

And no, I couldn't honestly tell you that I was all that excited.

I'm doing what they call a "going with the flow." I've been trying to seem excited and get myself ready for what's about to come. I figure if I do this my parents will be convinced that I'm ready for this and maybe even help convince myself that I am ready for this. And shopping for things made me seem a bit more excited. Getting to decorate a new room was always exciting. Mom and I were picking out cute little things to put in my dorm room while my dad tried to think practically about my necessities versus things I didn't actually need but wanted.

It was nice that we were all out together to get things because I am so lost with this whole college process. It's so much work. Financial aid, housing fees, orientation fees, everything is so expensive and tedious. Even though I received a scholarship, this school was still not by any means cheap. I was sure to be putting both my parents and myself in some serious debt. And the worst part about it was that I don't even know if this school is worth as much as it's priced to be. Then again I think most universities are overpriced.

"Okay, so what else do we need?" My mother asks as she reaches for the paper where I wrote a list of everything I needed. We decide to head over to the electronics where I knew my father would be more helpful than my mother.

We eventually get everything we need from the store and decide that we'll get a few of the smaller things when we actually get to Indiana.


The thought still makes my stomach feel funny and I don't know why. It's been doing it a lot lately but I try my hardest to ignore it. I'm not sure how long that's going to work but I'm going to do it for as long as I can. The three of us decide to go out for lunch which was completely fine with me because I was starving, as usual. We head to a chain restaurant that wasn't too far from the store we left and are seated at a booth.

"I can't believe you're leaving for school in just five days," My mother says as she shakes her head in disbelief. "Where did the time go?"

"I honestly have no idea." I say.

"You're going to be an official college student," Dad grins at me. "That's such a great step, Asia."

"I know, it's so surreal." I nod my head.

"Are you excited? How are you feeling?"

"Yeah, I'm excited."

"You don't sound excited." My dad laughs at my facial expression.

"I's just going to be different. I don't know what to expect."

"That's the thing about college. No one knows what to expect." He says to try and ease my nerves but it doesn't work.

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