Term’s over. Almost. I’ve always felt that term wasn’t truly over until all of my grades were in, and I’m still waiting for two of them (out of five). But I’m less nervous about my grades this term than I have been in many others, so it feels more or less over.
I’m in Louisville, Kentucky, at my mom’s house. I’ll be staying here through the end of the APO national convention, which is conveniently also in Louisville this year, then taking the bus down even further south to visit my dad in Woodstock, Georgia.
It’s very strange. The first few times I went back to a parental home from my college home, I felt like I was sliding into a different role, a different persona. There was who I was at MIT, and there was who I was at home. It wasn’t so much that they were different people, as they were the same person with different aspects played up or down. They dressed differently, spoke a little differently, and interacted a little differently with people. Such is the nature of being in very different envionments and having a very different status within them.
As I’ve gone further and further through MIT, the person I am at MIT, that person who shaped and was shaped by her environment, has developed more and more. You go to a place like MIT, and I promise you, you not only change but you find out a lot about yourself.
But paradoxically, the more I develop from what I was when I left home and entered school as a frosh, the more my school and home personas converge.
To those who celebrate Christmas among you, Merry Christmas, and to others, Happy Holidays – or if you celebrate no holidays during this time, Happy Winter Season! The shortest day of the year has passed, and now the days begin finally to lengthen again!