Why yes, it’s really me– I’m back!! Yesterday I moved out of my college dorm for summer vacation and it’s a strange, wonderful, and bittersweet feeling. Although I vividly remember August orientation like it was just the other weekend (so. many. icebreakers.) it also seems like I’ve been waiting an eternity for the end of second semester to finally arrive. These past few weeks have been insanely busy and stressful with final exams and all of the usual events that happen when the semester comes to a close. All I want to do now is lounge in the sun with a good book, spend time with my friends and family, finally finish watching Lost…
It’s strange to think that one year of college is already over and done. Next year there will be new freshmen walking around Wheaton’s gorgeous campus and experiencing its quirky traditions for the first time. They will feel lost and confused but also incredibly excited that this new chapter of their lives is finally beginning. While I’m grateful that I won’t have to experience that intense few weeks of facing the unknown again, it’s also a little frightening. I always thought that sophomores have their lives together and know what they’re doing, but as I near the beginning of my own sophomore year I realize that this is yet another misconception: not many people really know exactly what they’re doing. We’re all just doing the best we can to try to figure things out.
My freshman year of college had many ups and downs, as I’m sure most people’s do. I met a group of amazing friends that I’m endlessly grateful for, tried countless new things, and learned more both within and beyond the classroom than I ever expected. I went to Six Flags for the first time, visited the Richard Rodger’s Theatre in NYC, watched a total of 53 movies, and spent more time doing homework than I thought humanly possible. My professors were fantastic, and they’re honestly one of the things I think I’ll miss the most this summer– them and my friends, of course. Saying goodbye yesterday involved a lot of hugging, promising to stay in touch, and holding back tears.
When all is said and done, I wouldn’t trade my first year college experience for anything. I’ll miss freshman year dearly, but I’m also welcoming sophomore year with wide open arms. And let’s not forget what comes in between: SUMMER VACATION!
I’m looking forward to getting back on a regular blogging schedule. My fingers have been itching to type up all of my blogging ideas, so brace yourselves for a bunch of posts coming up soon!
Until next time!
P.S. Nut Free Nerd now has an Instagram!