As I was driving to Norfolk on Monday for classes, I realized that it was the last Monday morning I’ll drive to ODU for classes. It’s bittersweet actually. I started out the semester out of my comfort zone, commuting to a new university, away from my home of Virginia Tech. It was very different. For one, living at home. And driving 45 minutes to class (on a GOOD day with no traffic…however, it was more like 60 minutes when there was traffic). But regardless, I believe I grew up a lot this semester. I treated school more like a career, rather than dragging myself to class just because. I truly enjoyed every one of my classes, and I feel like my professors were so knowledgeable and personable, much more so than professors I had while at Tech. Granted, I still know many Tech professors who are excellent people. While it was always supposed to be for only one semester, I would probably have considered staying at ODU if it were not for me graduating early from Tech in May 2010. I knew that if I remained at ODU, I would have to go to school for one more year in order to complete all of their “core classes” before graduating. So, I will be back at Tech in the Spring…hopefully it will be a good semester and I’ll be able to fully enjoy my last few months in Blacksburg!
So I’m nearing the end of my ODU career, and I truly believe that it was one of my favorite semesters of college, if not the favorite. My grades have reflected how much I enjoyed all of my classes, as well as how focused I was during the semester. Okay, okay…I know most of my friends think that I enjoyed ODU because my boyfriend also attends there, but actually we did not see each other that often around school. Okay, maybe once or twice a day…haha. Yes, I was very blessed to be able to see him on a regular basis, unlike last year being at Tech. We only saw each other a few weekends during the semesters, and it was a challenging long-distance relationship. However, we learned that it is possible and it makes each time we’re together that much more special! Now, just one more semester apart…then summer…and then probably even FARTHER apart while I’m in law school…but it’s going to be fine :)
Now…Christmas is almost hereeeee! :) That is enough to make my life seem perfect right about now, even with all the papers I’ve been writing lately. I think I’ll be sooo tired of my laptop by the time this semester ends! On Sunday, I went with my family and my boyfriend to Williamsburg, VA for the Grand Illumination. It is a tradition in my family, and its such a wonderful night to get everyone in the Christmas spirit! First off, I am a sucker for colonial history, and since we live nearby Williamburg, I’ve been there more times than I can count. By the way, they have AWESOME outlet stores if you’re ever in the area! :) Anyways, the Grand Illumination is so great and its old-fashioned, so you get to enjoy the hot cider, fresh gingerbread, and the warm fires burning in front of the historic buildings. All at once, the “lighting” of the town occurs, which is basically candles that are lit in all the windows downtown. Right after, there is a magnificent fireworks show that is better than any other I’ve seen. They have some of the most unique fireworks, too. This year did not disappoint, either. The weather was perfect and just cold enough…it felt like the holidays were finally upon us! People were walking around singing Christmas carols, and had it not been for the abundance of cell phones attached to people’s ears(!), it would have seemed like we were living in the past. I highly recommend making a trip to see it next year! :)
Speaking of Christmas…I’ve done NO shopping!!! I feel like December is already going by so quickly, and I’m still sitting home doing work pretty much all the time. Ahhh…just til Friday. Have to keep reminding myself! I cannot wait until the holiday parties begin…two of them are only a week and a half away, so that’s exciting! Shopping and cookie-baking are definitely in order very soon…can’t wait! :)