Thoughts on the Start of School Fall 2011

I don’t think the start of fall semester has completely hit me yet. I’m totally aware of the classes, the crowds of people, the welcome week events, everything that’s going on around campus.

I see the freshmen moving in, friends reuniting after a long summer, and the general festive atmosphere.

But it just seems standard procedure to me. I feel like I’m going through the motions. And I find myself more comfortable with staying at home, taking care of the things I need to be taking care of.

Such is the life of an upperclassman. The thought of which, by the way, hasn’t hit me yet, either. The only difference that I feel now that I’m a junior is a feeling that’s hard to put into words – “at ease” is the best I can come up with.

It’s nice not having to worry about non-major lower-div classes. It’s nice that I know the general idea of things. I don’t have to worry about looking like a fool, or which parties to hit up, or how to navigate through campus.

It’s nice because instead of focusing my energy on these things, I can focus on what’s really important for me. At this point, it remains school, ABA, and church.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that I’m holing myself up the entire semester. I believe that if my priorities are straight, everything else will fall into place. I’m a go-with-the-flow kind of guy.

I guess my feelings do contradict my thoughts. Even though I’m no longer enamored with the freshman way of life, I’m still as excited as ever to be a student at Cal, to meet new people, and most importantly, to make an impact.

Looking forward to Fall 2011. It’s going to be a roller coaster, but in the end, I know it will be a memorable one.

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