Im writing this as a break from running around my house in a frenzy to find every last thing I’ll need in my dorm and in my life in three days.
I’m not usually that bad at packing (aside from the whole issue of overpacking, which is too real), but I think I just let the 23rd move in day creep up on me, unable to accept the fact that my first college summer was coming to a close. And while in some ways it seems like it went by in a flash, it’s also been an incredible one. Helping out with three cultural conventions, starting my first clinical and mathematical model-based research project, reading up on my history project for a fellowship, and getting cleared to peer over the shoulders of neurosurgeons in the OR – the last three months have been packed and satisfyingly exhausting. It was a good kind of busy: the kind that kept me on my toes and created a momentum that I hope is going to help carry me through my first semester of sophomore year.
Above was probably the first time I called myself a sophomore on paper (screen?), and it’s weird. I used to groan every time upperclassmen would talk about how “it felt like it was just yesterday” when they moved through the turnstiles of AMR II for the first time. But now I completely understand where they’re coming for. Everything that excited me on the first day on campus still excite me; is it bad that I still identify as a freshman?
School starts in 6 days, so I wanted to run through my schedule real quick – mostly as a reminder for me.
The dreaded rite of passage for every premed. This is sophomore year, so at this point orgo is inevitable. I have Falzone, who I’ve heard is actually really helpful and in touch with his students. So it is what it is. I’ve been looking through the book a bit this summer to brace myself, though. Challenge accepted.
The Nervous System I:
I actually can’t wait for this one. It’s got this reputation of being the “weed out” course for neuro majors, but then again neuroscience courses were one of the main reasons I decided to come here. After BBC, this is going to be my first formal course on neuroscience, and I know its probably naive, but I actually can’t wait for this.
Intro to Fiction/Poetry (IFP) I:
I’ve been meaning to take this for a while, just because I’ve been meaning to write for a while. Like fiction and stuff. The class has a great rep, and I think it’s going to be hugely valuable too. AND I JUST REALIZED THAT IT’S IN THE GREENHOUSE. I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS, BUT THAT’S SOME COOL STUFF. WRITING IN THE GREENHOUSE. Someone’s probably going to burst my bubble and tell me that I’m misinterpreting it.
What it Means to be Human: Perspectives in the History of Anthropology:
So I don’t really know what to expect with this one besides the title. It’s an upper level history course, and I need a handful of those to go towards my History of Science, Medicine, and Technology major. And this title seemed too cool (and something I’ve never done before), so like why not?
I guess I always feel naively excited before each semester, but I do know that there’s something to look forward to on the 23rd when I try to stuff all of my material possessions into a hollow CRV for a 3-and-a-half hour drive to Charm City. This semester’s looking like it’s going to be way more difficult than last years, but as of now I’m still clinging onto that gung ho can-do attitude of freshman me, and I’m going to try and hang onto it for as long as I can.