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The fall is here, and so is nostalgia.

by Pratha on October 22nd, 2012

Hey guys,

Sorry it’s been a while since my other post…midterms, papers, homework, crew, and election debates have been taking up a significant part of my life lately.

I’ve been having this inkling of fall nostalgia trailing me for the past few weeks, and there are somethings I’d like to share with you guys, not just like advice coming from a college student to a high school-er, but also just like as a person.

For me, the fall never fails to bring back memories of soccer games, SAT tests, new challenges, and basically everything that has gone on in my life. This feeling always makes me wish I could relive life when it was simple, like when I was a child and the hardest thing I had to worry about was what to play during recess. I find myself missing those days, especially right now, when I’m sitting in the Starbucks on campus “doing my lab report” while there are about 30 other students here getting their coffee fix while cramming for the big Physics test tonight.

Over the past few weeks, just like every fall, I tend to look over the last year in my life and figure out what I’ve done to grow as a person and how I’ve become a contributing member to society. I’ve learned that getting the average grade on high school tests really wasn’t the end of the world, and the same goes for college ones. I’ve noticed that not everyone has learned time management skills before they enter college, but it is something everyone can always improve on. I’ve learned that things aren’t always in my control and I just have to go with the flow and see what happens. I’ve been trying to understand more about politics and formulate an opinion on what should happen in the next four years. I’ve learned that a smile or complement goes a long way to brighten someone else’s day.

Looking back, one of the most rewarding things I’ve done during this past year is joining the Stony Brook Crew Team. I really love it; the good rows, the bad rows, the friends, the team drama, yeah, getting up at 4:30 isn’t ideal, but it’s all worth it. It’s from (multiple) new members of the team where I’ve learned the true impact of this blog. A few of the freshman who have joined the team have actually come up to me and said they read my blog last year or talked to me during one of the online chats. It’s really amazing to know that my involvement with the Admissions Department, although small, can make an impact.

On a different note, regatta season has just begun and it’s a very exciting time. This past weekend, the team went up to Boston for the Head of the Charles Regatta….one of the largest and most attended regattas in the world! International teams even come to race! It’s crazy that during all of my years of living 35 minutes away from Boston, I had never heard of this regatta. Next weekend, the team is headed up to Saratoga and it’ll be awesome.

Until next time,

From → Pratha

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