Social Networking

So not exactly what you might think.  It’s the end of the quarter, the end of the year and I finally feel like I’m getting my life together; at least socially.  Entering college, my parents told me to go with the flow, be spontaneous, and make new friends.  I think I had ideas in my head of what I should be doing and what college should be like and thus was unable to do any of the above.  I wanted to be in complete control of what I did, who I hung out with, etc.  But that’s not how life works.  We have to accept things as they come along and I don’t think I was mature enough to understand that.  If I had the opportunity to go back and change things I would.  But, how do I know that I would actually follow any of the advice?  What’s done is done and we all learn from our experiences, both the positives and negative ones.

This is week 10, a week when we are all stressing out about the end of the quarter, our impending doom in finals (a little over dramatic? Maybe not), and yet excited for the summer and the future.  Seniors are holding onto every last bit of college they can (mostly the fun aspects. I’m sure they are sick of their final Capstone projects and the endless midterms).

I’ve been out and about, connected with old friends, and am happy with my place in college.  Today I met up with one of the first people I made friends with at Santa Clara.  Christine Frea is in Theta and lived on the same floor as I did freshman year.  She is a year older than I am and will be graduating in the next week with a degree in psychology.  We hung out a ton my freshman year and she helped me out during some tough adjustment times.  Sadly, we grew a part during the next few years and it was only this year, when we got to talk a bit more.  Between our busy schedules, there really wasn’t time to catch up, but we made an effort before it was too late.  I wish I could have hung out with her more, but I am sure glad we caught up one last time.  We both realized how we have changed, others have changed, and yet we still are able to connect.  It is one of those friendships that feels like nothing has changed and the conversation doesn’t feel forced.   It was good to chat and hopefully we’ll be able to stay in touch, even if it means a random note here and there on Facebook.

I was returning from my frozen yogurt date with Christine when I got a message from my roommate Kristen about getting Bubble Pearl Tea.  This is the yummy tapioca tea (don’t cringe…you get used to the taste) that my roommates, Kristen and Fana, and I have an addiction to.  Fana is from the area, so she has a couple of favorite spots and I’ve always opted out of their little trips.  This time, miss social butterfly said yes and there you go, another check off the list.  Learn how to be spontaneous.

We even planned a “Back Room” dinner.  Long overdue, but should be fun to hang out with the girls I have been living with for the past six months.  I’d didn’t think I would say this, but living in the sorority house has been an interesting and relatively positive experience.  I definitely would not have been able to meet some of the people I did and I do have to pat myself on the back for the social skills I feel I have learned. 😉

My favorite flavor – passionfruit w/ boba pearls. The store was VERY popular, even at 9pm. Let’s just say I was in an area where I felt very much like the minority.

Well, I actually saved most of the tea for tomorrow as I had splurged on Yogurtland.  It’ll be a nice surprise for breakfast or when I return from the gym.

Other positives to the day include: finishing my last day of back-to-back-to-back classes (but wait, next quarter I get four in a row…I know you’re jealous), earning $45 by selling back abandoned textbooks in the Theta house, and almost finishing off the stock of food in my fridge/pantry.  I’m attempting to get rid of as much food as possible so I don’t have to buy more groceries and don’t have to take anything home.  I’d say I’m doing a fine job.

That’s all for tonight.  I’ll continue the paper writing and studying tomorrow, but also give myself a break as it is Friday.  And of course, keep on social networking 😉

“What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there are no certain answers”

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