Long time, no blog! The fall semester has been flying by, and I feel like I’ve been so wrapped up in assignments, swim practices, and study sessions I haven’t had a chance to sit down and reflect on what this year has been like so far. So, despite the fact that I have a Genetics exam tomorrow and a Biochem exam Friday looming over my head, I’ve decided that the most therapeutic study break wouldn’t be sitting down and watching Stranger Things 2, but rather doing some good old fashioned blogging.

Sophomore year is pretty weird. In some ways I feel like I’m older and wiser than my freshman self was, as I think of going through my first few rounds of midterms and still marveling over the fact I made it through Calc 2. But in some ways, I feel a weird sense of deja vu. Maybe it’s because now that I’m a sophomore, nothing is super brand new unless I take the opportunity to try new things on my own volition. Whereas last year I was still finding new corners of campus and trying every latte at the Daily Grind, this year I’m well adapted to my favorite study spots and am content with filling up my tumbler with an ungodly volume of iced coffee. Yet this year is most definitely different. My classes are harder for one, more interesting yes (I’m LOVING genetics and biochem) but still more work intensive and time consuming.

Another thing I forgot was just how difficult it is to balance being a student-athlete with a full course load. I’m on the swim team, and for many of us, our last meet of the season is in early February. This means that our spring semester is much more relaxed than the rigorous fall schedule. The break was fantastic, but perhaps it was freshman energy that carried me through last fall, but it seemed a bit easier. However, though it is challenging, it is definitely manageable. I’m better about sleep than I was last year, and know how to effectively study and do my work so that I’m able to wake up and have a great morning practice. This year, it has also been so wonderful to get to know the new class of freshman, and see them living through all the new exciting changes that freshman year brings.

All in all, I guess what I’m trying to say with this blog, is that it’s been hard to find things to write about! I’ve had a great time this year, but I also feel like each week is like the last, which makes it seem like the year is flying by. So, I’m making a promise to myself that I’ll do my best to try something new every week to break up the monotony of this semester, whether that means changing up my study spot, treating myself to dinner on St. Paul St. instead of Nolan’s, the sophomore dining hall (side note: Nolans is the best), or going to a new place off campus. For example, I recently went with a few friends to Weber’s Cider Mill Farm in the spirit of fall, and we got iced apple cider, apple cider donuts, and pumpkins of course.

A girl at a pumpkin patch holding a pumpkin.

So, with all that being said, I’ll be going back to studying for this Genetics exam!