As summer came to a close this year, I found myself welcoming the return to school instead of dreading it as I did last year. Being more familiar with my surroundings and the way life works around campus certainly helped to ease my tension as the school year approached. Making the shift from full-time daycare employee to full-time student was certainly something I looked forward to as my summer quickly passed before my eyes. Coming into this school year with experience under my belt, I didn’t feel the same pressures I did before.
Just like last year, school actually started for me on the 18th. I came early with the rest of the fall athletes and got a head start on the year. It may seem like a punishment to get here early, but it was honestly a big help. You get the chance to slowly adjust to school-time instead of just jumping straight into things. Also, an empty campus means better parking spots available for commuters like me. During this limbo between the rush of school and the relaxation of summer, I was able to sit back and not stress about school work or if I was going to wake up for work on time. All I had to worry about was practice and my team, which was a huge help in adjusting to school life last year. It was just as appreciated this year as well.
When classes actually started, I didn’t feel as rushed as I did last year. I knew where all of my classrooms were located, so I even got to sleep in an extra five minutes. I picked my own schedule as well, meaning that I chose when I went to class. While I still have one dreaded 8 AM, I still feel like my schedule is less compact and easier to manage than it was last year since it’s on my terms now. Incoming freshmen do not get to pick their first semester and also get last pick in the spring. I am a fall athlete, meaning I get priority scheduling during the fall semester. I was able to schedule all of the classes I needed right when I wanted them, instead of being stuck with a spread out schedule and night classes like I was last semester.
Speaking of feeling rushed, one thing that does have me getting up earlier is the new traffic pattern on Lake Street. Not only is the Arch closed until further notice, Lake Street itself is closed while a new roundabout is put into place. Luckily, there are several different ways to get to Misericordia. Thank goodness that this doesn’t really affect me because I have no sense of direction, even in a place as easy to navigate around as Dallas.
It’s also a great feeling to know that I’m not coming into this year at the bottom of the totem pole. No offense freshmen, but I’m glad that period of my life is over and done with.
This year, I’m hoping to stay on top of things. I’m already taking advantage of the free tutors Misericordia offers even though it’s only the first couple weeks of classes. I purchased all of my books before the semester began and the field hockey team is resuming the study halls that saved me last year. This time around, I’m not living right on campus so I have to be twice as organized as I was before. I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on this semester already.
Now the only thing to do is count down the days until fall break.
- Rachel Miroslaw '21, Speech-Language Pathology. Rachel is from Tunkhannock, PA, plays field hockey, and enjoys reading and writing
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