Monthly Archives: August 2010

Back to Bates!

Hey all. I am heading back up to Bates in just a week and a half!!!! As you can tell from my excessive use of exclamation points, I’m pretty excited about it.

I eagerly greet the start of the school year in large part because I am a nerd. What can I say? I love school. In fact, I was walking through the school supplies aisle of my local Rite Aid store today and got giddy just seeing the glossy new folders and the unused pencils waiting to be sharpened… okay that’s a bit of an exaggeration, and I think I’ll be singing a different tune come thesis time, but I am genuinely looking forward to cracking open the books and settling back into academic life.

On top of the nerd factor, I’m excited to return to Bates because I’ve been away for such a long period of time. Between my semester abroad and a summer at home in NY, it’s been more than 8 months since I’ve stepped foot on campus. I’m curious to see how/if Bates has changed over that time and if my experiences abroad will, in turn, alter how I see Bates.

Also, it will be my senior year. The last hurrah. The final year to enjoy all that Bates has to offer. Thesis, upper-level courses, writing for the Bates Student, volunteering opportunities, intramural sports, and a whole host of other extracurricular activities and academic endeavors await. It’s a bit daunting to think about, but I’m hoping that if I approach it with a positive make-the-most-of-it-all kind of attitude, things will fall into place and it will be a fun and successful year.

For now, I’m enjoying my final week of summer before packing up and heading north to the great state of Maine. Here’s what I’ll be seeing when I get there… I hope:

Until next time…

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Man, I’m glad I go to Bates…

Hey all. Today I had one of those “Man, I’m glad I go to Bates’ moments. As a Spanish minor I am automatically put on the Bates College Spanish Department LISTSERV. This means anytime there is any news from the Spanish Department (presentations, films, new classes, schedule changes, etc.) I will hear about it. It’s a great resource because it helps to keep me in the loop about everything going on within the department.

The part I like the most is that any new jobs/work opportunities presented to Bates and related to Spanish are put on the LISTSERV. That means, I can be sitting on my couch 300 miles from Bates and learn about a new job opportunity to teach Spanish to local elementary school students in the fall. Thank you, Bates! Keep those job opportunities coming…

Until next time…

(News Photo: http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/new/index.php/2009/06/17/job-seekers-workshops-at-the-central-library/)

(Bates Photo: http://www.unirugs.com/bates-college-74593-spirit-p-80.html)

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Readjusting…

Hey all. It’s now been more than a month since returning home after nearly half a year studying abroad and traveling around Europe, and I’ve found that readjusting back to life stateside has been a journey in itself.

Before heading home, I heard plenty of people talk about post-abroad life. There were the tales of ‘post-abroad depression’, what many described as the nearly unavoidable letdown of returning to a less exhilarating life at home. The stories of culture shock and longing for the friends and life you had formed in a new country were also common. While abroad, I listened to these stories but I didn’t really absorb them. I’ve never been one to jump ahead and I figured I’d “deal” with it all when I got back home.

When I did get home, I didn’t know what to expect. To some extent, I still don’t. I haven’t fully gone through the post-abroad life phase, if such a thing exists. I haven’t had a huge letdown, nor felt the immense joy of being home. I have neither longed for a return to my “new home” (I always recognized I was a visiter there) nor fully embraced life back in the sphere I know so well.

I guess it’s an ongoing process. I know I gained a lot from being abroad, but I don’t think I’ve fully grasped how to process the personal growth and newfound appreciation and understanding the experience has provided me with. Hopefully, that will come with time and more reflection.

For now I’m just happy to be back with my family, living in a country where I fully understand the dominant language, and sleeping in my own bed. Oh, and my mom’s home cooking is pretty nice, too.

Until next time…

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