Starting The Last Semester
Three weeks after arriving in the United States, I officially finished handling post-arrival jetlag and immediate culture shock. With Christmas and the New Year behind us now, however, I am now faced with the challenge of readjusting to the reality that I am heading back to start my last semester of college at OU. It’s time to hop onto the proverbial Sooner Schooner for one last yahoo.
Coming back to OU is a ball of mixed emotions. It lacks the novelty of starting college in a new country, but it has all the friends and memories I spent the past four years building. It is a place I call home, but one more semester and I am out the door and on the way to a new home with a new job. While many students use all senior year to both bask in the heyday of their alma mater and antagonize themselves over the job market, I am fresh off the boat and back just in time to catch the metaphorical sunset of the class of 2015’s Sooner experience.
Like I said. A yarn ball of mixed emotions.
I stand by my decision to study abroad when I did. I think a full year spent in expectation and anticipation for the future is overkill—it would have driven me crazy. I’m glad I distracted myself with hard classes and cheap rice. But now that my last semester is upon me, it’s a race against the clock to make sure that I squeeze every last drop out of these collegiate years.
Let’s Beat Down a Few More Paths
I have some loose goals for the semester; things that can be encapsulate in broad phrases like “finish strong” or “spend time with friends” and other boring phrases. But one goal is hard and clear: I want to travel. I don’t care if it’s a day trip to the nearest mountain or a Greyhound bus to Chicago, I want to get out, go places and drag people with me for the fun.
Where to go? What to do? I’m not sure yet. I have been surrounded by family, fun, and holidays these past two weeks so I possessed zero motivation to do serious research. But with classes starting tomorrow for me, I’m back in my focus zone. Let’s plan some fun and see a little more of the Midwest before the future sweeps me to “where’er the wind blows.”
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