Towards the end of August, I finally went home for a week. A week is so short, though! I was surprised how much I really needed it. I gave my mom a huge hug and cried, at least a little bit, almost every day. I think I was letting myself feel vulnerable after toughing out three months virtually alone.
I was also very glad able to spend time with Puja and Aniesa, Brianna, and my brother before they were all off to their respective colleges. I'm slowly learning life is just a series of arrivals and departures.
When I came back early (as in before classes started) for job training, everyone else was just arriving from home. The hustle and bustle picked up as my RA and Orientation Leader friends helped the new first-years move-in. Slowly my other sophomore classmates trekked back. Dan and I assisted Zoe and her mom as she got her room situated. My days getting ready for my new position at the CDC were informative but tiring. I was grateful for that weekend before classes started.
After spending my whole summer in a single, I was half-excited, half-reluctant to be living in a double. Mostly, I was sad I wouldn't be living with my first-year roommates in the quad again. Emily and I have tried to mimic certain elements of our former room (her chair, the minimalistic table from Ikea, fridge, etc.), but it will never be the same. And I have to accept that.
The weekend before was spectacular, and I don't use that word lightly.
When the retreat was over, I rushed to get homework done before going to see Alt-J at First Ave in Minneapolis.
Breezeblocks" on repeat. To see them live was, for lack of a better word, incredible. "Taro," "Matilda," "Dissolve Me," "Fitzpleasure," and the entire set was amazing and infused with color. This concert set the perfect tone for my sophomore year.
Other notable events include:
Emily spilling yogurt on our milk carton and proceeding to eat it.
Oliver trying to run me over.
I hope everyone is well. If you're back in school or back at college, good luck surviving the workload. I know I'm still doing my best to adjust.
Days until my birthday: 25