The mood is definitely starting to change around Centre
College these days. The feeling of relief (no matter how small it was) that
fall break brought is slowly fading away, and the end of the term is quickly
coming into sight, sparking lots of excitement.
But as the end-of-the-year excitement builds, the stress
levels begin to rise as well. Everyone is beginning to remember that with the
end of the term comes finals, which means there's a need to shift into
"BEAST MODE" to make up for all of the slacking done at the beginning
of the term, that's if one hopes to have the GPA of an overachiever.
On the plus side though, it’s beginning to feel a little bit
more like fall (well, most days anyway…don’t forget we’re talking about
Kentucky weather). The leaves have completely changed colors and the trees are
beginning to look pretty bare, which to me means I'm beginning the last leg of
my first term of college. That doesn’t sound like much, but if you really think
about it, the first term of college can be a pretty crucial one. I mean, let’s
be honest, it will probably be only a minor detail in the autobiography I plan
to write someday, but it does hold a small amount of importance right now.
This is the term when one’s comfort zone is truly tested and
the responsible side of a person is supposed to come out. After this,
everything is old hat (kind of…). As I sit here and write this entry and
actually think about how much time has really passed, I find it hard to believe
that I’ve been here close to a whole term already!
One of the other advantages of college over high school: shorter terms. And an
even weirder thought is that I’m almost done with this set of classes. Once
winter break comes, I’m finished with all of the classes I’m currently taking,
which will be a nice change even though I lucked out with a great set of
classes this time around.
As much as I’d like to reflect on my time at Centre so far,
I’d prefer to think about Thanksgiving break, winter break, and of course the
inevitable finals (which won’t be too bad as long as I think about the
inspirational e-mail President Roush sent out reminding us to “start preparing
for a strong finish.”) The mood change around campus is definitely contagious
and the excitement will only grow as the end of fall term gets closer.