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There’s no such thing as “easing”

Posted by on Thursday, March 17, 2011 in Academics, Alternative Spring Break, College Life, General Information, Housing, Service, Spring Break, Weather.

I hope everyone had or is having a fantastic Spring Break. I went to Washington D.C. for a week as a part of an Alternative Spring Break program, ASB Help! While there we serviced the homeless community at Father McKenna Center at St. Aloysius Catholic Church. During the last two days of the trip, I and 11 others went homeless on the streets of D.C. It was an eye-opening experience that I look forward to sharing with you soon. Look for that post in the coming week. Before I left for this great trip, I was bombarded with what seemed to be an impossible amount of exam, homework, quizzes and papers. I survived (obviously), but didn’t know that more work was still to be done. I guess I thought since the week before break had been so hectic that I would come back to campus and ease back into the swing of things, but I was mistaken. That easing back into routine that I just spoke of was more like a violent knockdown. My planner at the beginning of the week was literally blank, but by Monday afternoon it looked like this:

And my desk looked like this:

But later in the day after studying for the above classes, I looked out my dorm window and saw this:

Beautiful. Vanderbilt is challenging academically. It’s a great social environment, but at the end of the day I am still a student and work comes first. Spring Break was last week and Vandy is this week. That means copious amounts of work, tests, and papers, but they all are working to make me more knowledgeable, informed, and ready to for life after Vanderbilt. It’s hard work and I expect it to be. Those things worth having are worth working for. I’m content with looking at the cherry blossoms (?) from my window for now, knowing that my hard work will pay off.