I remember conducting group work at the Writing Center and one student told me he wished the university worked harder to make him feel less home sick, especially for the first year of college. I thought back to my first year and didn’t even bother with thinking about home when I was busy exploring the city and diligently studying for my classes (that was quite an enjoyable year). It was sophomore year and beyond that I really wanted to be home as much as possible. I remember I used to go home almost every weekend; my roommate would go too! Yet, for more than one month now, I have not been home (neither has she). I am terribly homesick, and I know the full extent of what the student was talking about.
Sometimes we’re just so focused with school that we forget about family, or not that we forget them but we trust that they’re okay and do our best with the situation at hand. It’s when you start to get those texts from your mom, then your dad, then your brother that you start to feel inclined to go home because they miss you and you miss them. Even though I suspected this semester to be like this, I didn’t anticipate how little time I had for myself and school work. My job at Rush has been wonderful, but it eats up a lot of time that could have been used to get me those A’s that I wanted on those midterm exams. Now, I’m scrambling and buckling down to study (of course, how can that happen when the holidays are nearing and all I want to do is relax?).
Well, I shouldn’t complain. There are people working on Thanksgiving and Christmas, weekends and weeknights that want to be home too. I don’t even know how much they depend on this lifestyle to sustain their living expenses, but it’s what needs to be done to stay alive. There are people around the world who probably would trade places in a heartbeat with anyone in this university. So, be thankful for what you have and know that you are in a better place, no matter how tough you perceive your struggles to be.
Also, if you haven’t started your Super Saiyan studying mode yet, PLEASE DO! Next week is basically pre-finals week for me (paper due, presentation to prepare for, two exams and another paper). My actual finals week isn’t too bad, just two exams (but I’m sure anatomy and physiology and nutrition during the life cycle will be tough so I’ll need to go hard core!).
Man, one more semester to go and then I’m going to graduate! It’s going to be great. :D