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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.


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.