We are SO close to the end of the year. There are 5 more days of classes, including today. And then a week and a half of finals. This is the home stretch!

As a freshman, it feels kind of odd. At this point, I have no idea what it means to leave my new, Brandeis-home and go back to my old, parents-home. For one year, I’ve been an adult on my own, living at college, and now I need to return to being a kid who lives with her parents? I guess so.

Next year will be my sophomore year. I’m not quite sure what to think about it. I had this same problem in high school. Sophomore year… seems uneventful, frankly. I won’t be the big man on campus, and I won’t be the baby anymore. And I will note “over the hump” of college once it’s over. So what’s the point? Still not sure yet. When I find out I’ll let you know.

I do know that my sophomore year will be the true start of my premed track. Sure, I’m in chemistry now… but next year, I take orgo chem and bio, and start  really thinking about whether or not medicine is something I want to do.

I’m also going to have more responsibility in clubs. I’m excited for that. And I’ll be taking some cool classes next year, like a seminar on “Thinking About Infinity.” So I’m excited for that too.

I’m also happy that when I come back to Brandeis, I will already know the place. I have friends to see, places to go to eat, and I’ve memorized the hours of the C-Store. I know this stuff. (Although… just yesterday… I got lost as I tried to find my way around the humanities quad. I suppose I’m still somewhere along the learning curve.)

As for going home… I’m actually looking forward to being with my parents and home-friends for a while. Although I don’t see them so much anymore, they’re still a part of my life.

This is exactly where I wanted to be at the end of my freshman year. Saying that’d I’d miss Brandeis, but that I was still happy to go home. Initially, I wasn’t sure I’d get to this point in my first year (more on that later). But it’s amazing how time flies, and how adjustment just sort of happens naturally.