Things have changed, Ari thought as she wandered up the front steps to the dark, intimidating college looming over her head. School used to be so simple and easy; the girl with the same socks as you would be your best friend, the teacher would work one-on-one with you if you had any trouble understanding the curriculum, guys were gross. Everything seemed to turn upside down since middle school, and had only gotten worse ever since. Maybe it was puberty, maybe it was just people becoming the horrible creatures they truly are. Ari sighed and sat down at the top of the stairs, pushing her satchel to the step below her and pulling out a sketchpad and pencil. Her muscles relaxed as the graphite smudged against the porous paper, leaving a silky trail behind it as the nib naturally moved around the white surface. She wished she could stay there on the concrete steps forever, not exactly a child, but not quite venturing into adulthood. Just sketching.