It’s strange that it is the start of a new semester. New books. New notebooks. New professors. New classmates. New routine.
No matter how many semesters I go through, adjustment at the beginning is difficult. It started on January 7th when I returned for resident adviser spring training. I was very excited to see all of my RA friends again but sad to leave my warm and comfortable life at home.
This is my sixth semester at Vanderbilt, which means I am a second semester junior… which means I have to start thinking about senior year… which means I have to start thinking about what I would like to do after my undergraduate career.
It’s scary, exciting, difficult, and stressful at the same time. It’s a time of exploration, of change, and of new relationships and pathways.
I’m currently thinking about attending economics graduate school after graduation. From the moment I walked out of my first economics class at Vanderbilt, I’ve loved the subject. I have a passion for learning it and have thoroughly enjoyed all of my Econ classes. This semester, I worked for my Econ 100 & 101 Professor Stephen Buckles as a teacher assistant and completely enjoyed talking about economics to other students. Opportunity cost, misplaced incentives, and other economic concepts have permeated my everyday life.
I know the road to discovering my path after senior year will be long and dark at times, but I have faith that I will end up right where I need to be. I will find an opportunity that will fit me perfectly. I just have to wait and keep a vigilant eye out for it.
Alas, I must go to sleep to prepare for my first day of classes. Hello spring semester.