It seems that spring is finally arriving to the University! (in spite of this weekend’s cold, wet and windy weather.) With only two more weeks of classes and then a week of finals, I am starting to buckle down on studying. Perhaps the cold weather lately has been a blessing, forcing me to stay inside with my textbooks.
When the campus starts to look green and the flowers are planted, it’s too tempting to grab my friends and play volleyball or soccer out back behind the residence hall. This past weekend was Spring Jam, pulled indoors because of the weather but still a success! This coming week is ActiFest, a week of activities promoting political and civic engagement. For both of these series of events, several students groups came together to work on them, and it’s been great getting to meet other students and plan campus-wide events.
This past weekend was also my birthday! I had a blast celebrating with my friends, two of whom had their birthdays this weekend too. Minneapolis is great for birthdays, so I’ve found out. Of course we all demanded that we go out to dinner at Annie’s for their amazing shakes!
As always, when looking back a year ago, life seems so different. As a senior, I was worrying about my advanced placement (AP) exams coming up in May and then finals in June. Even though AP exams were stressful and challenging, I am so glad to have put in the extra effort in high school to earn credits toward liberal education requirements at the University. Seeing as how I am definitely scientifically inclined, I love knowing that I will never be required to take a science again thanks to AP Bio!
It’s weird to think that at this point last year, I was still making the final decision about college. It wasn’t until the 29th or the 30th that I decided on the University of Minnesota. At this point, after two fantastic semesters, I can’t imagine being anywhere else. Talking with friends, it seems that while they are at different schools, they can’t imagine being anywhere else either. I get to see all of my friends from high school in about one month, and this summer will be filled with catching up and hearing about their first year of college.