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L’Shanah tovah u’metukah! To a good and sweet New Year!

September 15, 2012

Tomorrow marks the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. While Rosh Hashanah does not typically include a celebration as magnificent as a huge, sparkling ball dropping in Times Square, it is still a pretty big deal.

A few days ago, I received a package from my synagogue in Overland Park. It contained honey and apple-flavored snacks and a letter from one of the rabbis. In the letter, she said Rosh Hashanah asks us to review the year and to look inward at ourselves. I think just taking a look at this last week proves exactly what this year was for me.

On Monday, Ann Curry was on the “Today” show. Pretty self-explanatory how great of a moment that was.

On Tuesday, I had a meeting at the Dole Institute of Politics. This moment brought my entire year full circle because exactly a year ago, I attended a 9/11 memorial service there. I have since returned to the building countless times for study groups, meetings and lectures, and it became my outlet. I love that place.

On Wednesday, I applied for my birthright trip to Israel. I’m ready for a life-changing religious experience, and Wednesday, I took the first step toward doing that (hopefully) this winter break. Also, a week from Wednesday (on September 19), I will be attending an event to hear Irving Roth, a Holocaust survivor, tell his story.

Also on Wednesday, I was able to hang out with a friend from and talk to multiple friends from my month studying abroad in Italy. I am truly grateful for my study abroad experience and for the people I met during that month (as I will write about in my next Being Grateful post). Without them, my experience would not have been what it was, and I love that I can still spend time with them. On another note, my summer also included a four-day trip to Virginia during which I became closer to family and friends back east.

On Thursday, I was offered an editing internship. I have set big goals for myself in terms of internships and a career, and I feel like this was a major step in working toward those dreams. This year, I learned more about what I want out of life and what will make me happy.

Also on Thursday, I had the usual weekly Western Civilization lecture. My professor is definitely one of the best professors I have had at KU because she is passionate about her subject and is fascinating to learn from. In fact, I have decided I would rather record her lectures and take the time to transcribe them later than try to jot down every word she says, simply because I feel like I’m missing out on the experience of learning from her by taking constant notes. I’m such a nerd. But I’m OK with that.

On Friday, I hung out with some of my good friends from my floor last year. I miss seeing these people every day (multiple times a day), so I cherish the times I do get to spend with them even more. E6 changed my life freshman year, and I am glad my friendships from that have carried over to this year because they make my life better.

L’Shanah tovah u’metukah! To a good and sweet New Year!

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