I’ve been back on campus for three weeks now. Classes have only been back in session since Monday, but I was back two weeks early for training to be an RA (Resident Assistant.) It still feels weird waking up here and not in Yellowstone, where I spent all summer; it feels weird waking up to go to class instead of to work; it feels weird hanging out with friends in rooms instead of while hiking in the wild country.
My summer was absolutely incredible, and well needed. I must have hiked over 200 miles, and I think I must have opened my laptop about three times. I went camping a lot and pushed myself to take advantage of every single day. I was working in the gift shop full time, and I really loved getting to talk to guests from all over the country and all over the world. I met one lady from Argentina and told her in Spanish that my Spanish teacher last year is also from there.
I definitely kind of fell off the face of the planet at times, but it was amazing to just live in the moment a little and to enjoy the company of those around me. I miss my Yellowstone friends a lot, and it’s funny–I transitioned really well into freshman year, but starting my sophomore year has been a lot harder. It’s been lovely to see my friends here again though; I missed them a ton. And I’m excited for my classes and especially my teachers this coming semester!