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Handling transitions and inventing wrist splints

August 21, 2012

(Written Monday night)

Sophomore year school-wise had quite the quiet start for me. My first class, a lab, was canceled, so I only ended up having one class – Italian – today in the afternoon. But that’s boring; let’s get to the good stuff.

Yesterday, I wasn’t feeling too confident about this year, but today was a great day, so I’m starting to change that mindset. Now, I know I want to form bonds with at least some people on my floor. It is becoming a sense of community among the freshmen, and even though there are several sophomores on the floor, the only people I’ve talked to here so far are my suitemates and their friends. The suitemate situation has been great. We have similar senses of humor and sarcasm, and I can already tell I’ll be able to talk to them about things. That being said, I still want to get to know people here because I want to be able to go to dinner with a variety of people and just hang out and feel that sense of family. So after grappling with the dilemma of to try or not to try, I have decided to try. New people are cool, and everyone has a story, so why not try to get to know them? No excuses.

That being said, and I know I have said this before, but I also realize how important it is to me to maintain my older friendships. And even beyond those from last year and this summer. It’s been four years since I moved from Richmond, but that’s no excuse to stop maintaining contact with people. I’ve always disliked the term “keep in touch” because I think it’s insincere, so instead, I want to make sure I maintain a friendship with the people from my past. I want to make sure I know about the important things going on in their lives. Basically, I don’t want to be a passive friend who makes contact with them maybe every couple months. I want to be active on the communication front with friends who are far and active on the spending time together front with friends who are here.

For this reason, this year is going to be a test in my time management skills, but I think I’m up for the challenge. Not in any particular order, I’ll be hardcore balancing classes, schoolwork, activities (including the Dole Institute), athletic events, friend time, my job, eating / drinking, and sleeping. Which is normal, but still, I find it necessary to write what I’m thinking.

Today, I spent what ended up totaling about four hours with a friend I met during study abroad this summer. It was the type of bonding experience I truly enjoy. Later, I had dinner with a friend from E6 and new acquaintances from T3. It was a nice mixture of both and proved to me that maybe entering the community won’t be as difficult after all. Even later, I chatted with someone else from E6 for a few minutes about life, and we made plans for tomorrow between classes. I do realize it’s only day one of actual class, so people will get busier, but still, I believe these people as well as others care as much as I do about keeping these friendships alive and active, and that brings me comfort. So this whole transitioning thing… I can handle it, and I will.

My makeshift wrist splint, made of a 6-inch ruler and tape

(Written Tuesday morning). Finally, I’ve been having much pain in my left wrist lately, and I’ve decided it’s probably because I contort it in a weird position when I sleep, which is awesome because now, all I think about as I try to sleep is my wrist position, and it has led to some smacking of the wall and just being overly loud. I made a makeshift wrist splint last night to try to stop this contortion. I taped a 6-inch ruler to my wrist and had it up to the palm of my hand. Yup, climbed up to the top bunk with a ruler taped to my hand. But, I ended up taking the ruler out during the night (consciously) because it was just too awkward. And was kind of digging into my arm a bit. Story of my life. Should probably go get a real wrist splint some day.

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