November 4, 2009

Salvete, all!

It’s been a good day. I took a Sociology exam this morning, went to Greek, and then passed out for three hours. I was so out of it that at one point, about an hour into my nap, I shot out of bed in a frenzy thinking that I had missed my Latin class at 2 (it was 3 at the time). When I calmed down a minute later and realized that I don’t even have Latin on Wednesdays, I put down the books I was starting to pack and collapsed back onto bed for an epic snooze. Just goes to show how tightly wound I’ve been lately.

Wonderful news! I was accepted to the College Honors program, which means that next semester I will be taking an Honors seminar on Religion and Violence with the program director. I’m especially excited about College Honors because it means that in my senior year I will have the opportunity to write a senior thesis in Classics, something I wanted to do even if I didn’t get into Honors. The application process was demanding and required a very intense interview, so I’m glad that everything is set in place and I can move on to my next endeavor: study abroad.

I feel like every post I write now has a study abroad component, but that’s because it’s always on my and many other sophomores’ minds. I can’t even count the number of study abroad-themed conversations I’ve had with my friends…including late-night Cool Beans runs where we all just need to vent. My application is sitting next to me, ready to be handed in by Friday. All I need to do is make two copies of my passport and my fate will be sealed. Whether I’m off to England or to Rome will be in the hands of Study Abroad and the respective programs to which I’m applying. My deadline is a week earlier than everyone else’s (of course, because that’s just how my life works), and my notification will be early as well. The thought of living in England for a year is still daunting to me…leaving Holy Cross, my second home, and leaving my family and friends presents a scary reality that I don’t think I’m ready to face just yet.

I had my advising appointment for next semester with Professor Hamilton, and have pretty much decided to go with Georgics & Eclogues, Vergil’s other, pastorally-themed poems, for my Latin seminar, I’m continuing Intermediate Greek, and am (this might come as a shock) probably going to take a Statistics course. I haven’t taken math in a year and a half, so that should be interesting. Added to my Honors seminar, all of these classes will make for quite the demanding second semester of my sophomore year. The time is simply flying by, even more than last year. I can remember this time of year as a freshman when everything was still so new and exciting. As I sit here now, I feel so comfortable with life at Holy Cross that I cannot help but marvel at just how much I love being here. Sure, it’s stressful, and I’ve had more work this year than probably ever before, but I still glean so much satisfaction from my studies, activities, and friends that I could not imagine being anywhere else.

My 8 a.m. was cancelled for tomorrow and I’ve finally finished all of my midterms and tests, so I’m going to take a well-deserved break tonight and watch the Phillies. LET’S GO PHILS! Valete!