December 23, 2011
So after a week and a half break, I'm back to the journal. I guess after finishing finals, getting home, and unwinding, it became too easy to neglect my work, as limited as it may be. But, after receiving my grades for first semester, I realized that constituted some degree of closure for the fall and I now had to think to the next and get back on the grind, or at least consider getting out of bed.
As you can imagine, I really haven't been up to that much over the past week. After the sleep-deprived , caffeine-fueled beast that is finals week, I embraced the opportunity to quite literally do nothing. I've been something of a hibernating creature for a while, spending a lot of time in bed and only wandering down the stairs to rifle through the fridge, but I've been gradually getting back to speed. It was great to see my friends again, especially the pair that were abroad for the semester, and it's always relaxing to be home. I've played a little soccer here and there, considered briefly helping with chores around the house, and done some Christmas shopping, but like any typically-broke college student, this has more so been about stretching a dollar than anything else.
Really, though, I've been thinking ahead to next semester in Washington, and I'm getting more and more excited as it draws nearer. It's certainly a different type of study abroad experience, but similar in that it simply exposes me to a new way of life. From the comfort of dormitory life in quiet Clinton atop the Hill, I'll quickly switch to being nearly independent, making my own food, working 9-5 four days a week, and of course, living in a major city - doesn't get much more different from Hamilton than that. I've also never been to DC before, which I'm also excited about; I've only heard that it's a great city in which to live and I hope to enjoy it to the fullest.
And with that, I'm done for now, but I promise to be back soon enough.
Major / Minor: Public Policy / Hispanic Studies
Activities: soccer, WHCL DJ, The Spectator, Operation Smile
Favorite pastimes: Spending too much time following soccer, midnight breakfast at the diner, late night video game sessions, wasting time at Opus, watching reruns of The Office, napping and playing obnoxiously loud music
Hometown: Maplewood, N.J.
High School: Columbia High School