Hello everyone! Welcome back (or welcome for the first time) to IU! This summer was wonderful but also very, very busy for me.
Instead of setting off on vacation at the end of the spring semester, I went right into six more weeks of summer classes. At first I was a bit disappointed that I wouldn't get to have as much of a summer break but it turns out that summer classes can be really fun! There aren't nearly as many people on campus which might seem lonely but it makes classes much smaller and I really enjoyed the accelerated pace of a six week class versus the regular sixteen week semester. Of course I would never want to take the regular amount of credit hours in such a short period of time but it was really enjoyable to focus on my two classes and I was able to learn a lot so it was worth the effort!
Since I was in Bloomington continuing to study for the first month and a half of summer, I stayed on at my job as a research assistant in the Speech Research Lab. Since there weren't as many students around on campus I ended up doing more data entry than running experiments, but I'm still glad that I've had the opportunity to experience what goes on behind the scenes during big research studies.
After my classes ended I divided my weeks between Bloomington and my hometown of Indianapolis. When I was home I worked as a lifeguard and taught swim lessons, but I was also able to enjoy some relaxation time and caught up with old and new friends.
With my busy schedule my summer definitely flew by, but I am so excited to be back in Bloomington for the school year! A lot of my friends and I decided to stay in the dorms again for our sophomore year, so I'm back on the Honors community at Forest. Within the first few hours of moving in, my room was full of people and it has been absolutely wonderful to get back into the swing of things. Welcome Week breezed by and after the first day of classes I can already tell that this will be a fantastic semester. I can't wait to try some new activities and meet more of my fellow Hoosiers. Yay!