People who are close to me know that I love red raspberries. They know that I have to eat 2 pieces of wheat toast for breakfast with Smucker’s raspberry preserves and drink a cup of green tea (and that the Smucker’s brand and that it’s preserves are non-negotiable).
When I was a kid, my dad had planted red raspberry bushes in our backyard. I remember crying because there was one day where my sister picked all of the raspberries off the bushes, leaving none for me to harvest. My dad and I would also take raspberry jam and stir it into vanilla ice cream to make raspberry ice cream.
I would like to begin this post by apologizing for not keeping up with my blog. As the title suggests, I’ve had a busy (but fun) senior year of college thus far.
I thought it would be interesting to reflect back on my freshman year and see how my perceptions have changed. When I first came to college, I thought I was going to study at a cute coffee shop all the time. I thought I was going to wear cute clothes every day to class and break out of my shell. The latter is true–I have become more confident–but college is definitely not what I thought it would be like.
I have come to realize that college is a game, and you just need to figure out how to play it. I studied a lot my freshman year (and, who am I kidding, I still am very studious today), but I learned to prioritize. During my freshman year, it seemed as though I was constantly nervous. I didn’t like going places/attending events by myself or giving presentations. That mindset has definitely changed (for the most part). I have become more independent, and I can confidently give a presentation without practicing it 20 times.
I also didn’t realize how busy everyone would be. I have taken 18+ credit hours every semester (except for this year), but now I am trying to enjoy my last college year while still working hard. It’s weird to think I won’t see my friends every day in a few months. Although I am sad to leave college, I think I am ready for a job. I didn’t think I would be ready to leave in 4 years, but after completing my internships, I am very excited for the “real world.”
A majority of my summer has involved cleaning. I’ve been sorting through my room and some boxes in the basement because I’ll be a senior in college this year–who knows where I will end up living after school? And I sure know that I won’t want to move all of my boxes out of my parents’ basement.
Now that it is almost August, I will soon be sorting through what I need to bring to college this year (I keep telling myself that I will take less stuff this year, but who am I kidding).
Not only did I have to organize my physical items, but I also had to organize files on my computer. My laptop had been “acting up” for a few months, so I decided that it was, sadly, time to get a new one. That led me to sorting through all of my computer files and transfering the important ones to my new laptop and saving everything else on external drives.
I was one of those teenagers who, upon high school graduation, wanted to “get out of this small town.” I wanted to live in a big city where I could walk to work and always have something fun to do or new to try.
I enjoyed just walking around the main strip of each city to which my family would go on a day trip. When I went to London, I loved walking all over and finding hidden gems in the city.