Narrator:Listen to a conversation between a student and a counselor at the University Counseling Center.
Student:Hi, thanks for seeing me in such short notice.
Counselor:No problem. How can I help?
Student:Well, I think I might have made a mistake coming to the school.
Counselor:What makes you say that?
Student:I'm a little overwhelmed by the size of this place.
I come from a small town.
There were only 75 of us in my high school graduating class.
我所毕业的高中，只有 75 个学生。
Everyone knew everyone.
We all grew up together.
Counselor:So it's a bit of a culture shock for you?
Being one of 15,000 students on a big campus in an unfamiliar city?
Student:That's an understatement.
I just can't get comfortable in class or in the dorms.
You know, socially.
Counselor:Um…well, let's start with the academics.
Tell me about you classes.
Student:I'm taking mostly introductory courses and some are taught in these huge lecture halls.
Counselor:And you are having trouble in keeping pace with the material?
Student:No, in fact I got an A on my first economics paper.
学生:不是的，事实上，我的第一篇经济学论文拿到了 A 的成绩。
It's just that, it's so impersonal, I'm not used to it.
Counselor:Are your classes impersonal?
Student:No, it's just that…for example, in sociology yesterday, the professor asked a question, so I raised my hand, several of us raised our hands.
And I kept my hand up because I did the reading and knew the answer.
But the professor just answered his own question and continued with the lecture.
Counselor:Well, in a big room it's possible he didn't notice you.
Maybe he was starting to save time.
In either case I wouldn't take it personally.
But I just don't know how to, you know, distinguish myself.
Counselor:Why not stop by his office during office hours?
Student:That wouldn't seem right.
You know, taking time from other students who need help?
Counselor:Don't say that. That's what office hours are for.
There is no reason you couldn't pop in to say hi and to make yourself known.
If you are learning a lot in class, let the professor know.
Wouldn't you appreciate positive feedback if you were a professor?
Student:You are right. That's a good idea.
Counselor:OK, er…let's turn to your social life. How's it going in the dorms?
Student:I don't have much in common with my roommate or anyone else I've met so far.
Everyone's into sports and I'm more artsy, you know, into music. I play the cello.
Counselor:Hah, have you been playing long?
Student:Since age ten. It's a big part of my life.
At home I was the youngest member of our community orchestra.
Counselor:You are not going to believe this.
There is a string quartet on campus, all students.
And it so happened that the cellist graduated last year.
They've been searching high and low for a replacement, someone with experience.
Would you be interested in auditioning?
I wanted to get my academic work settled before pursuing my music here.
But I think this would be a good thing for me.
I guess if I really want to fit in here I should find people who love music as much as I do. Thank you.