Dear readers,

Currently I am writing this blog in the middle of the night, because well, it’s finals week and sleep is for the dead (I’ve painfully learned). Anyways, as I mentioned, it’s finals week, which means the final stretch is among us college students. My freshman year is coming to an end and it’s one of the most bittersweet feelings I have felt in a while. Basically, this school year has made me feel like a life-size hamster running on an exercise wheel over and over and over and over – well, you get it – and then, BAM! As if someone stopped my spinning wheel, I saw that finals week was approaching… and that I have a single-digit countdown until summer.

What I mean by the hamster wheel, is that these past 9 months have been nothing but a blind path for me. I knew I had to just keep running with it as fast and best as I possibly could. Can you blame me though, or any college freshman for that matter? Not to say in any bit that this was not an incredibly fun and special time for me, but as I am writing this, I have to say that I am quite exhausted from my work here at UMass Amherst.

To catch you up, this summer I will have an intern position at Emerald Physicians primary care. I am thrilled to be a part of this diverse community as it is one that I have been looking at for a while now. I hope to integrate my knowledge as a kinesiology major into my position this summer and that I will get a clearer image of what my occupations could be like after college.

So, looking back at my two semesters on campus thus far, I can say that this year has held the biggest milestones for me as a student, but mostly as an individual trying to cope with everyday struggles. My communications skills have improved significantly, as I had (many) bumps in the road this year with my family because of poor communication. I gained empathy for those around me through the many tear-jerking as well as incredibly uplifting stories strangers and friends have shared with me. I see myself as a smaller person in this world now – not in the way that I feel inferior, but that the world is so big and holds so many wonderful experiences for us, and I have just gotten started. I think living with a community that is driven to succeed in his and her futures’ has showed me that my possibilities are endless here. I can really do whatever I want for my future, and it all started 9 short months ago.

Stay cool,

Friends in Boston