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January 27, 2010   I arrived on campus Saturday, the 16th, to a campus already full of friends. January admits were becoming acquainted with their surroundings and study abroaders were reveling in the comfort and security of their missed home.

My train pulled into the Utica Train Station at 4:30 p.m.; I took a cab back to Hamilton, hopped in my friends car and drove the two hours to Albany to pick up my friend Abby from the airport.

I was so excited to be back and see all my friends, I wasn't even tired after the 6.5-hour trip from Pittsburgh, plus the 4-hour Albany excursion. There is something about the beginning of a new semester that is just so fresh and exciting. We think the possibilities for our lives over the next four months are endless; new friends can be made, dreams realized and passions strengthened.

With textbooks purchased, my room newly rearranged and a full week and a half behind me...I can safely say that this semester definitely is not fresh and exciting anymore. I already have a lot of work to do. I think professors say to themselves: "Spring semester? Well they've already been here for the fall, so lets just pick up where we left off!"

However, just because the shiny "newness" of the semester has worn a bit, that doesn't mean the rest of the semester is going to be bleak and boring. I cannot wait for the exciting feeling I get inside when I see grass and sun for the first time in the spring!