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Student Blog: 14 Days

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The Countdown from Summer to School

Student Blog: 14 Days

We reached the beginning of August. With 2 vacations and a summer full of good times behind me, the days that I have left to enjoy it keep getting smaller and smaller. 2 weeks I have left. 14 days. Then I am back in Pittsburgh, a city which I have only just scratched the surface of.

As I pack my boxes and sort through my clothes, I think back on the expectations I had for this summer and wonder if it reached its full potential. In most ways it absolutely did. I hung out with my friends a lot doing all sorts of activities from picnics and swimming to playing Mario Party in a basement. I also got a steady job which helped all of that be possible. I would have been sulking at home in my room if I did not have all my friends around me. My summer was an incredible one and I can only hope that next year will be the same.

But I am getting too ahead of myself. The focus now is on college. With last year's disaster I am more excited than ever to learn in an actual classroom. My 2 other roommates feel the same. We want to remember our college years for fun and risk, not the part that was trampled by a pandemic.

We are in our prime years of discovering not only who we are, but who we want to be. How are actions change the future., what relationship grow, and which don't and how they make us a better person. I am most excited about the 3 years to come because I want to make memories that are like no other. And when I graduate, I can look back and be proud of who I was and what I accomplished to be able to stand on a stage and receive my degree.

But the sad part is, it is by no means an easy journey. There's tons of work, studying, stress, anxiety, and loneliness that plagues many young adult minds. It is normal and unavoidable. The best thing we can do is to not stay quiet. Reach out to people that care for you and I know it can be hard to find them, but they are there. Whether it's a classmate you spoke to once, a TA or your advisor. They want to see you succeed. And if you are struggling it is so important to speak up. There's strength in that.

Though I will miss my Maryland friends and family dearly, I am so ecstatic to be back at Pitt. I haven't stopped thinking about it since I chose to stay home last spring. Though I try not to get my hopes to high in case of another lockdown or something of the sort, I cannot help myself in preparing for one of the greatest academic years of my life. I wish all college sophomores luck in there studies this year, and frankly, anyone else as well. We deserve it.


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