Friday, January 15, 2016

Out with the Old, In with the New

I am back in Berkeley! It's been a busy two days packing and unpacking and clearing out old stuff from last semester and setting up all the new things, but it's all done now and I get some time to blog again. Classes don't start until Tuesday, but I'm visiting a friend at Davis over the weekend so I won't have time left anyway; the next two posts are going to be scheduled. I'm so glad to have this blog because for some reason I have a need to overshare every single thing that goes on in my life, but I feel like I'm bothering people if I'm constantly chattering about every single mundane thing I've done all day. I don't know who reads this blog, so that aspect is a bit risky. However, the benefits outweigh the costs; I complain less when I put my thoughts into writing.

Over break, I stayed busy coaching speech and debate. That perspective really made me appreciate how incredible the coaches I had were when I was in high school. I was also trying to fix my sleep schedule, but that didn't work out so well. Since my classes don't start until 10am at the earliest, that's not a huge concern time-wise, but more sleep is good health-wise. The main concern last semester was my roommates' lamps on at night, so I bought a blackout curtain. I'm surprised at how well it works, and I plan on buying more to cover my entire bed.

I'm still trying to figure out what classes to take, especially for breadths. I plan on meeting with the advisors of every single department I'm in, from regular L&S to political science to the education minor to the public policy minor, at some point this semester. I want to graduate a semester early so I can do an internship in DC or Sacramento, and then travel once I graduate. This should give me an idea of what the next 6 years of my life should look like. It might seem excessive, but I have to plan, otherwise I'd fall apart from being an anxious mess. Using the anxious energy to organize keeps my life together.

Speaking of spreadsheets and travel, in a flurry of excitement one night (or perhaps one morning?) my friend and I ended up planning an 8 week trip across Europe and Asia. Funnily enough, we both had an interest in a sudden urge to go traveling, with each thinking the other would shoot down the idea, so nothing was said. At midnight, she said it anyway, and until 4:30am we bantered about locations, itinerary, timing, and recorded it all in a my life organizer (I love Google Sheets).

I am ready and so excited for this semester. I bought a few notebooks and gadgets for myself while shopping for Christmas presents, and I am definitely looking forward to using them. My schedule is even better than it was first semester, which is saying a lot. I only have one class on Monday in the afternoon, the rest of my classes start no earlier than 10am and end around 4pm, and I have no class on Fridays again. I would take another class to fulfill a breadth requirement, but I've looked through nearly all of them and they're either a) too advanced, b) already full, or c) overlapping with my current classes. I'm knocking out a PoliSci and two Education prerequisite classes this semester, so I'm not concerned about not fulfilling requirements, but at Berkeley there's always a constant pressure to do more. However, I intend to make it a priority this semester to explore Berkeley and have fun and do well and be full of goodness and take care of myself and the people around me. ◊

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