So last night I was stuck awake until 4am. You’re probably thinking, “just another college party,” right? Wrong. There was about 10 police cars, campus security, and a helicopter around and on campus last night. One of the downsides of living smack dab in the middle of the city is the potential for crime. Not to mention, our campus is extremely open and integrated into the surrounding neighborhood so people can stroll in and out as they please. Usually there is little issue with this as a majority of the people in the community leave campus alone, however last night there was a gang fight right in the middle of campus by our bridge. When the cops showed up all of the people dispersed and it became a wild goose chase. As I was sitting in the dorm watching a movie I saw all of the flashing lights. Then just moments later I discovered we were on lockdown. Nobody into the buildings and nobody out. Of course I was in somebody else’s dorm building and not my own. Somewhere around 1:30am there was a shot fired. Nobody was injured but, still. Finally around 2am I got a security escort back to my dorm. I laid in bed processing it all. At first I was really concerned about living in this environment for the next four years but as I laid there thinking about it, I realized that this could happen to anyone, anywhere, at anytime. I was also aware of how secure our campus generally is. 24 hour security escorts, emergency telephones all over the place, and really well lit. I am going to continue living here with no fear because the environment I am living in will only help me grow as a human being and expand my world view. I mean I am paying for an education right? So I may as well get a life education in the process. With all that being said, I will be adventuring into Chicago tonight for the Chipotle Cultivate Festival! Basically what I’m doing tonight is getting free food (Chipotle!), and listening to a free Walk the Moon concert. Did I mention that everything is free? I have learned quickly that free activities are a college student’s best friend. I’m sure I’ll tell you all about it in my next post, but for now, I’m going to go do some homework and some pre-concert activities!