I hope that everyone had a lovely winter break and holiday season! We are about one month into the spring semester which means that classes are in full swing and believe it or not, midterms are nearly upon us. During the precious month we had off, I split my time between the rain (and even snow!) in my hometown of Seattle and the desert sun of Palm Springs, where I was able to get in some hiking and yoga. While winter break was relaxing, it is definitely good to be back and it’s surreal to be marking this as my last semester at Cal. My hopes for the next couple of months are to enjoy my classes and the opportunity to learn before I start work. Luckily I was able to take some classes that I’ve been wanting to take since freshman year, such as French and Development Studies C100: the History of Development and Underdevelopment.
Like many other of my fellow Bears I have a Cal senior year bucket list, and one of those bucket list items is to explore and study in as many different libraries as I can on campus! While I’ve talked about the extensive and incredible 25+ UC Berkeley libraries on my tours, I have yet to have actually stepped foot into many of them and am excited to explore the parts of the campus I’ve spoken to so many visitors about.
Most importantly, my main goal for the semester (besides graduating of course) is to really absorb the crazy, wonderful environment of Berkeley and the vibrant campus culture that never fails to make me smile no matter how stressed or busy I am. I still remember “Move In day” back during freshman year and the doubts that filled my mind about what the next few years would hold in this huge and unfamiliar place; I’m grateful to be able to say that 8 semesters in, returning from winter break felt like coming back to my real home.
Cheers to this spring semester, and as always, go Bears!