A year ago today, I began training to be a resident assistant for Trowbridge Hall. I had the ‘benefit’ of moving two weeks before school started for training. Benefit, indeed. There were no athletes to help me move in on a 90-degree day, thus I was left with the calorie-burning task of moving into my room on my own. Going up and down three flights of stairs with suitcases and huge plastic totes packed to the bursting point marked the beginning of a very trying, but enlightening year as a sophomore at Kalamazoo College.
This time last year, I was just beginning my year as an RA, I was labeled ‘undeclared’, and was just starting to research my choices for study abroad. I was also looking forward to a year of expanding on my academic interests by starting to study psychology and refining my interests in 19th century philosophy. I was a greenhorn editor for the Index and couldn’t wait to put on my dancing shoes for the spring Frelon show.
A year later, I am a declared philosophy major, psychology and French double minor. I have left my responsibilities as an RA to a new group of students. I am starting to think about potential Senior Individualized Project (SIP) and am disappointed that I am missing an awesome philosophy colloquium class this year! I handed over the reigns on the Index and am excited to be in the annual junior dance in the spring Frelon show with all the other juniors returning from abroad. Did I mention I’m a JUNIOR?!
In a few days time, I will be shipping out to Budapest, Hungary to start my five-month study abroad. I have been looking forward to this since I started applying to colleges back in high school. I knew I wanted to study abroad and that is one of the bigger reasons that led me to ultimately choosing K. I am so excited for what this experience will bring and what I will come away with upon returning to K for spring quarter. They say study abroad changes you, but I think change is inevitable no matter where you are. Just look at the past year.
Wish me luck!
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