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The Feel of Fall

October 4, 2010

The beginning of fall term is always a mixture of bittersweet emotions. It’s tough to say goodbye to a student’s summer schedule, beautiful weather and long-time friends who continue on (or start new) journeys away from home.

But, it’s also a time of excitement. The change in weather is like a sudden charge of energy, and the mass of returning and new students reminds me of how much I miss the buzz of campus life during the summer months.

This year also brings a lot of changes. I’m spreading myself (hopefully not too thin) across several projects and positions that I’m really excited about.

I’m also graduating in June. Now that’s a major question mark. School has been the norm for many years now. It is what’s expected. It is what I’m good at. It’s what I’m used to. Come the end of spring, I have to learn to adjust to a whole new life style.

… For a bit at least. Until I sort out my goals and go running back to grad school.

So for now I’m learning as much as I can, immersing myself in whatever I like, and soaking up the last year as an undergraduate.

For some reflection, here are some things I learned or decided over the summer:
Think of goals as aspirations rather than expectations to live up to.
It’s difficult to explain a word’s emotion to someone from a non-English background.
I’m going to Central America next year.
I really, really love academia.
I’m really, really fortunate to have such wonderful people in my life.
I’m definitely not normal. But I suppose that’s okay.
Best friends are “bests” for a reason.
Biking long distance is really fun.
Sometimes there is nothing better than Netflix instant watch, a bed and a dog.

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