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A year filled with apples and honey

September 4, 2013

Apples and HoneyTonight begins the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, which means I am enjoying some apples and honey. It’s Jewish tradition to eat apples and honey on Rosh Hashanah because they symbolize the hope for a good and sweet new year. This evening, Jews young and old, in lands near and far, from different backgrounds and with different views of the world are all dipping apple slices in honey, and that is pretty sweet.

This morning, I read what I wrote on “Between the commas” last Rosh Hashanah and realized my priorities and things I am grateful for have not changed, only expanded. Last year, I mentioned the importance of my trip to Italy, an editing internship (that I decided not to take), old friends and my trip to Virginia to see family. All of those (in some respect) are still my priorities.

In hoping for a good and sweet new year, I reflect on how sweet this past year was for me. I decided not to take that editing internship in the fall, which allowed me to focus on Jayhawks Decide, Between the commas, Circolo Italiano, the Dole Institute and increasing my involvement in the Jewish community on campus. I am happy to say I don’t regret that decision. As I move ever further toward the end of college, I reflect on how each class, each decision and each activity has affected my overall experience; I like who I am becoming and the steps I have taken to get to where I am.

In January, I took my birthright trip to Israel. It wasn’t just a trip though; it was a pilgrimage that allowed me to get closer to my roots and identify more with my heritage. I hope to return some day. And after the trip, I took my current job at the Dole Institute and learned how a common mission can bind people together for life.

I am so grateful for my family, my friends, my professors and my colleagues who have supported me in deciding to go to Israel, figuring out what I want to do with my life, overcoming (minor) existential crises and giving me role models I can aspire to. Knowing I have these people in my corner motivates me and helps me get up on those mornings when I just don’t feel like walking up those hills. In this new year, I plan to work harder at maintaining relationships with my extended family members, as well as with those friends who I don’t have the chance to see regularly.

As I look to the new year, I remember the lesson I learned at the end of August: Things fall apart so better things can fall together. At the end of the month, I found out I didn’t get an opportunity that could have helped shape the rest of my life, but a few weeks later, I became involved in a project that is probably one of the most exciting things I’ve been involved in. Not only will it help shape the rest of my time at KU, but it could also determine what I ultimately decide to do in journalism.

I feel lucky and thankful as this new year begins and think it will be filled with apples and honey. I am excited to see where my diverse interests in journalism, Italian, Judaism, politics, writing and current events will lead me. As I mentioned to someone last week, I don’t know what my dream job in journalism is right now, but I’m completely OK with that because I see nothing but incredible avenues ahead in this new year. L’Shanah tovah u’metukah! To a good and sweet new year!

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