Here I am, again, elaborating another draft.. this one from over a month ago!
So, I stayed at my University campus this past summer. I took a class, worked in a research lab, and assisted incoming students during their Summer Transition, Advising, and Registration program. The STAR program lasted for 4ish weeks and I got about 4-5 hours of sleep each night (I would say because I was up late doing homework, but really I was talking on the phone with my boyfriend after he got off work). Staying up late comes naturally to me, while waking up around 5:30am every day does NOT!
Any-who… campus was generally peaceful. Not very many students compared to during the year, and different summer program attendees would come and go.
With the fall semester approaching all too quickly, I could almost see the blur of those new students I had helped, finding their way the first week of class. Students making the grades and students lost in life. I reminisced about my first year in college. Every day felt like a life-time. I was putting effort into so many relationships, trying to figure out who were the true friends that would stay with me through the years. I am so happy to still have some of these people by my side. However, there was much disappointment in the process of figuring out who to trust.
Even more distressful was trying to figure out who I was. I believe that I am different today than just 2 years ago, and I will continue to grow as I move forward in life. But those first few months (where I was pretending to be an adult when I had no idea what I was doing…) truly allowed me to establish my core values and learn how to make decisions on my own.
One of the great things about college is being able to relive that fresh start each semester. With new courses and new goals. This third year of college brings overwhelming new beginnings for me as I am applying for an exchange program at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand for Spring 2014 (Term I in NZ). I have never been more nerv-cited … EVER. (PS: be prepared for overuse of my blended nervous/excited term) I hope that you will enjoy the journey with me and my frequently updated blog (I promise I will get better! haha!).
One day, when I am settled for a while, done with school and have a career (hopefully!) I may have to look back on this post and remind myself to do some traveling or change my daily routine. Whether it is something small or crazy-nervciting, It is refreshing to have a new beginning; a new experience that may even alter your perspective.