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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” [Reflections on Freshman Year ’09-’10]

June 5, 2009—I just graduated from a suburban public school in Sugar Land, Texas, and was ecstatic to attend Emory, my first-choice.  I spent the summer cherishing the comforts of my hometown while revamping myself to deliver the perfect first impression in college.

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March 31, 2010—I’m happy to say my Emory experience thus far has exceeded my expectations and given me a great deal of personal growth.

My first semester yielded an unprecedented wave of success— I found the perfect transition through attending Crossroads retreat; soon after that, I recognized and acquainted myself with a variety of freshmen, was elected to Student Government, and reluctantly yet faithfully underwent my first substantive relationship.

My second semester was not as smooth sailing— I faced rejection in extracurricular positions, roadblocks in academics, and a dissettling re-evaluation of myself.  I was unsure of how to find a single close group of friends while others settled down in groups or Greek organizations.

Luckily, a welcome break came during my spring break when I stayed on campus.  I had peace of mind in a deserted Harris Hall and the chance to relax with some quality people and new friends.  I was also able to explore Atlanta attractions that I would not have time to otherwise—the Coca-Cola Museum, Georgia Aquarium, Perimeter Mall, and local restaurants.

After Spring Break, I was appropriately re-energized and celebrated my re-election and acceptance as a MORE mentor.  I expect to tackle any difficulties with full steam and a considerate perspective.

Next Year At Emory

As weird as it sounds, I feel like summer is already almost over. My internship at a marketing firm in New York City ends in a week and, after that, I will be out of the country for a while before coming back home and leaving for Emory a couple weeks after that.

Still, going back will be fun. In my sophomore year, I want to balance my academics with a good social life and get to meet more new people. I also want to excel in my extracurriculars and be a leader on campus. I think I mentioned this in an earlier blog post, but between my four or five classes, position on RHA, my internship, my blogging, and my friends, I will have a pretty packed schedule.

I definitely look forward to living on the row, which I am sure will be very different from living in a freshman residence hall. I also look forward to declaring a major, meeting the new students, and being back in Atlanta.

It should be a great year, and  its weird how I’m thinking about it already. Still, if I keep the healthy balance I was talking about, it should be a fun, successful sophomore year. We’ll see in August.