Call me a nerd, but I'm actually looking forward to fresh notebooks, new professors and, I hope, good grades.
In college, classes start over each semester. Just as you're getting sick of a class, it's done and you have a chance to take a completely different one. You riffle through your likes and dislikes one subject at a time.
This semester I'm taking Introduction to Magazine Writing, Introduction to Research Writing, History of American Fashion and Creativity in Context. All are on completely opposite sides of the spectrum to the science and public speaking classes I took last semester.
Luckily, no classes at 8 a.m. or on Fridays this spring. The ease with which I can get the classes I want and switch around my schedule for times and days that work better for me is a huge perk that comes with a student body of only 4,000 undergraduates. The fact that I never have to take a math class again is a perk of going to a liberal arts communications college.
This semester, I'm declaring a philosophy and global religion minor, which will open me up to an array of other classes on topics I'm interested in as well as a chance to see guest speakers and documentary presentations.
My mom keeps reminding me that these next four years will go by just as fast if not faster than these last three weeks of winter break. Who knows when will be the next time I'll afford rent in downtown Boston. All the opportunities I missed or didn't take full advantage of in the fall, I'm hoping to make up for this semester. After all, that's what we're here for right?
Outside of the classroom, I'll continue writing for YourMag, Emerson's lifestyle magazine, as both a fashion and features writer. I'm thinking about joining the newspaper staff on campus as well as Chaos, Emerson's music magazine.
At a small school in a big city, I've found joining extracurriculars is the easiest way to make friends outside of class and, of course, get invited to parties. It also boosts your resume and gives you something to do in your spare time besides eat Cheez-Its.
I'll keep my job this semester sewing costumes for the Performing Arts Department but maybe I'll apply for an off-campus job to earn some extra cash. My roommate and I are even talking about auditioning for parts within the Performing Arts Department. I can't sing or anything, but maybe they need a tree.
I was thinking I might take some language or art classes around Boston outside of school so I can get out into the city more often and prepare to study abroad next year.
More clubbing, more coffees from cutesy cafes, and more secondhand bookstores are all necessities.
I have a "to read" list a mile long and can't forget Turks and Caicos Spring Break 2013!
The gym at least twice a week is one of my New Year's resolutions. And cutting back on dining hall desserts, without a doubt.
As far as I know, a little ambition never hurt anyone.
Victoria Hulbert, a graduate of South High School in Torrance, writes every other Monday about her first year at Emerson College in Boston. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.