Winter break was a great time to relax and unwind after a busy fall semester. Adjusting to the surprisingly cold Houston weather wasn’t the best welcoming gift – but it was a nice change from LA. Once I got home the first thing I did was sleep – the past week of finals hadn’t done my sleeping schedule any justice, and so I thought it would be an ideal time to try and catch up. After my first priority was checked off the list, I was able to get on with the other things in my break, which included catching up with friends, hanging out with my parents and brother, and seeing my extended family.
Although winter break was a nice breather from the busy lifestyle of school, all good things come to an end. However, even though starting up a new semester meant having to start up homework, studying, and waking up for those early morning lectures again, there were also some things I was looking forward to. Starting up a new semester means taking completely new classes covering completely different material – this semester I am taking a computer science class about the organization of hardware and software within a computer, linear algebra, intro to physics, and an advanced writing class (very different from what I took last semester). In addition, taking completely new classes means having completely new classmates which offers the opportunity to meet completely new people. Finally, starting up a new semester gives me the chance to improve my grades – an opportunity I think we can all use.
A week into the semester, I can safely say things are going pretty well. The classwork hasn’t started truly ramping up yet, and so I can’t yet accurately say how heavy the workload is, but it doesn’t seem like it is going to be too bad. Looking past the school work, I am meeting new people, looking to get involved in different organizations, and – aside from the rain – enjoying my 4th semester at USC.