Finals week is finally here and I’m feeling furiously forlorn. Ok, maybe I’m not, but I did enjoy using all those F’s in the last sentence. I think my finals week is a lot more relaxed than everybody else I know. I’ve got a final in Psych on Tuesday and that’s it, aside from having to turn in a paper in one class and a final portfolio in my Creative Writing class. It’s funny to think that another year has come and gone and I’m sitting here with nothing to do but read and write, and read and write, and read and write some more. Oh, yeah, and hang out with friends.
It’s only Thursday but it feels like the weekend should be here already! Yesterday was pretty rough; we were up until 3 AM on Tuesday night because of the tornado warnings, so everyone was exhausted. On top of that, I had to run 3.5 miles for my half-marathon training. It was a beautiful morning though, so I was able to run outside (which I love). I had no trouble falling asleep last night and I think I slept better than I have in a long time.
It’s so good to be back! I had a wonderful, relaxing Christmas break in Kansas City and now I’m ready to start another semester. It was fun to see my friends here at Belmont; I missed them more than I realized! Classes started on Tuesday and I am really enjoying them so far. I’m taking a linked cohort this semester, which consists of two classes from two different disciplines that are taught by two different instructors.
It seems like as the semester moves along, there are fewer people going out on the weekends. But now things are starting to make sense. Just like myself, pretty much everyone on campus has a lot of big group projects, research papers, or just a lot of assigned reading to do. My phone calls to my friends are different now than just about a month ago, when classes were just starting. Towards the end of August and the beginning of September, a typical conversation would be like,
Me: “Hey, what’s going on? Do you wanna see what’s going on downtown?”
Friend: “Just hanging out, man. Sure lets go out and find something cool to do”
Me: “Alright man, I’ll be there in a few minutes”.
Now it’s something like,
Me: “Hey, what’s going on man?”
Friend: “Nothing much, man. Just busy with some homework and stuff.”
Me: “Are you serious? Homework…Who does that?”
Friend: “Man, I have a lot of stuff due pretty soon, and plus I just want to catch up some sleep.”
It took me a couple of weeks to get used to my weird schedule, but I finally think I got the hang of it. Yesterday was the first day this year that I have been able to stay awake in all of my classes. Yeah, I know it took me a little while, but these classes are really hard to get hyped up for this semester. I am taking German, which is a pretty cool class, and Nuclear Terrorism. How about that for a weird schedule? Actually, my Nuclear Terrorism class is very interesting because it makes me think outside of the box and forces me to map out and plan critical situations such as a nuclear bomb threat. This probably wouldn’t be all that applicable to my major, which is entrepreneurship, but it makes studying for a test seem pretty simple. ha ha Okay, not funny.
Okay…how can this already be the end of June? I’m quite perplexed at how extremely fast summer vacation is flying by. Lately, the days blend into one another as I now have become adjusted to a normal routine. I wake up, eat breakfast, work out, attend class, intern from 2-6, and then return back to the Commons. On most nights, I frequently take a bike ride down 16th Avenue and up 18th. It’s definitely an intense journey; But nonetheless, I somehow battle through another heart-pounding adventure.
Oh college. Sitting up here (in my lofted bed) contemplating the fact that there are about six weeks left in my freshman year of college is insane! And a bit overwhelming, being that I have two 15 page papers due that I still need to do a considerable amount of work on, at least 3 more smaller papers, and a presentation or two, all in the course of that time. Don’t get me wrong, I love my classes this semester.
Have I ever mentioned that the weather in Nashville is weird? Saturday I woke up to see a sprinkling of snow on the ground (yay! Snow!! Finally!), and yesterday I found myself basking in the sun in 72 degree weather. Insanity!! While this may not be anything novel to all you guys out there from Nashville, it normally doesn’t get to even the 60 degree mark where I am from until April. Anyway, enough about weather! Now onto important stuff…like school work!
Hey y’all! I’m Tucker, and I’m a brand new freshman! This is my first semester as a college student and I couldn’t have chosen a better school to attend than Belmont University. Belmont has been such a great fit for me. At first I was SO nervous to venture off to “college land,” as I like to call it…but once I had moved everything into my dorm, met my amazing suitemates, and started my classes, I fell in love with it here.
I went back home to Franklin, TN about a week after I had moved in so I could see my family, and I found myself looking around my house to decide what to bring “home”…I never thought that after only a week, I would begin to call Belmont my home. I thought I’d be homesick because I had never been away from my family for more than a week! It’s not like that at all, and I find myself not wanting to go home as much. My mom thinks I only come home for food and for her to do my laundry. Ha ha.
No, this doesn’t actually mean I’m leaving the school, just looking forward to the Christmas Break. Until then, I still need to focus on my last projects due for class as well as studying for finals. It’s not that bad though if you know what I have to do. For one class, I have to create a simple website that includes a picture and some text using HTML, and for my other project I have to mix and edit a recorded song. I even recorded myself performing on the song to make it even better. I’m not that good so don’t worry… it’s not a career move.
I want to go home so bad but I’m going to miss a lot of my friends here in the dorm and on campus. It seems like everyone is from all over the country, but I’m the only one from good ol’ Nashville. Hey, at least I don’t have to drive hours upon hours. For me, it takes about 20 minutes with heavy traffic. Well, I hope everyone has a good Christmas break.