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Seven Quick Takes

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1. I am writing this from my dorm room, on a new laptop, on a different operating system, and in a different city than my last post.

2. I’m really tired. I think it might be more of an emotional tiredness than a physical one, though. Over the past few years I’ve become more and more introverted (both by choice and by circumstance–nothing weird, I just didn’t have a lot of opportunities to do stuff) and then I was thrown suddenly into a situation where I am forced to talk to a lot of new people frequently. It’s fun, sure, but it’s also mentally exhausting, especially with new academics, being away from home, and a new schedule of living.

3. Daily Mass helps. 

4. Drinking coffee, dressing nicely, putting on makeup, and working on homework the day it is assigned also helps. 

5. In short, my first week at college has gone about as well as could be reasonably expected. I can’t say it’s been ‘wonderful’, but I doubt that it’s even possible that the very first week of college could be anything but hard for an introvert who prefers working on a weekly as opposed to daily schedule and is overly attached to routine and the familiar. It’s probably just as hard for extroverts, now that I think of it–they may find it easier and more pleasant to interact socially so frequently, but perhaps it’s more of a wrench to be separated from old friends for them.

6. The food, showers, and Internet connections are all surprisingly decent, as is the air conditioning. I can’t really say much about my classes as of yet, since they started two days ago, but my Latin professor, who apparently has near-mythical status among professors here, is extremely opinionated and quite interesting. 

7. Don’t forget to pray and fast for Syria tomorrow as Pope Francis asked. For those in the central time zone, the time to watch for is 12 PM-5 PM.

That’s all for today.

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