Greetings, everyone! The first week of the term was extremely hectic but I am so glad to be back. One thing I haven’t been too thrilled about is the weather. However, there have been plenty of ways to deal with that minor issue. For instance, I have learned that it takes double the amount of time to walk to class for me, in order to prevent any embarrassing yet inevitable slips and crashes into the snow. It happens. Also, Bean Boots and Canada Goose jackets, I’ve noticed, are practically staples of winter clothing here (though per usual everything in my size is out of stock essentially everywhere so no luck as of now, but pro tip – get these items before winter term and you will love me forever).
As for my classes, I absolutely love them. I am taking the next level of my Latin course with one of my favorite professors from fall term, a calculus course, and a riveting writing seminar that also happens to fulfill my literature distributive. While it is important to fulfill requirements here in a timely manner, it is perfectly acceptable to take a class that may not give you the requirement that you need yet enriches you in some way. The best thing about college is that it is okay to change your mind and do something for your personal benefit. I wish someone had expressed this notion to me earlier: you have a right to say no. This fact applies to absolutely everything in life, including, but not limited to, classes, clubs, events, social pressures, etc. Winter term is amazing because essentially it gives you the ability to do everything all over again with maybe a few fresh faces or even start something new. For instance, I decided to join the boxing club this term because why not, and having attended only one practice so far yet waking up with a sore and stiff body this morning, I’ll keep you updated on how that goes… Having been on campus in the fall, I found so many clubs to join and got on so many blitz lists. Now that I’m in my second term here, I have discovered how to manage my time and which activities I actually want to participate in. When you turn down an activity or attendance at a certain event, or even a class, just remember that it is not personal, nor will the person(s) you are trying to please who are involved be offended. College is such a short period of time that you should want to spend it doing exactly what you want to do (albeit those aforementioned things should not infringe upon the rights of others, though hopefully that goes without saying; I’m a Sexual Assault Peer Advisor as of this term and they emphasized this among other things in our training so I felt the need to share that!).
Overall, winter term has exceeded my expectations, despite being one week in. I have never seen so much snow accumulated in my life, and it is beautiful. While I do miss a ton of upperclassmen friends who are off this term, it has been great to meet new people and learn about their experiences. I can’t wait to see what else is in store!