…and I’m remembering what it is like to be a new student headed off to college. The joys of getting your log in set up, receiving your new university email, being contacted by people at your new school, and finding out what courses you will be taking. It is amazing how fast the excitement and novelty comes back as you begin to get ready to head off on your new adventure.
After spending a week working with the new students at Rice University’s orientation, I am reminded of my own orientation and matriculation into Rice, and of my upcoming orientation to St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University. I can’t wait. At times, it seems like the excitement will simply spew forth, bubbling over, unable to be contained. It often hits at some of the most random times: while I’m eating lunch, before I fall asleep, while I’m driving. But the truth is, in 26 days, I will be studying at Oxford, one of the best colleges in the world, and I can’t wait.
So, I leave you for now with this quote from Mark Twain:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Right now, I am at home spending time with my family and friends. But in 16 days, I will be taking Twain’s advice and will sail off into new, uncharted waters for the adventure of a lifetime!