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Week 9

It’s come to that point in the quarter where school becomes exceedingly difficult to focus on; it’s been nearly a year of classes, meetings, and homework, and almost the third finals week of the year; Seattle is beginning to show more signs of summer approaching as the days get longer and the sun gets brighter; and talks of graduation have begun to dominate small talk and conversations around campus. Really, it’s just to that point where we’re all just over it.

As I write this, I am sitting in the Lemieux Library on campus at one of the desks along the north side of the building, the evening sun shining bright on my computer. I have a HUGE paper to write by Thursday (a draft of which is due tomorrow) and I’ve made not nearly the amount of progress I should have at this point (as you progress in your college years, procrastination becomes even more of a talent than it was before), and I’m coming down from the high that was a fantastic weekend away in the Portland suburbs with my roommates, poolside and book in hand. So, as you can imagine, I’m not feelin’ this paper. 

That being said, as I walked into the library, made my way up the landmark spiral staircase, and up the elevator to the 5th floor to where I am now, the further and further I got into the building the more I felt a sense of calmness and strange eagerness to learn (wait WHAT. WHERE DID THIS COME FROM!?). Somehow, even after 3 years, the library has the same effect on me as it did my Freshman year. I feel an eagerness and sense of pride to begin my homework, proud of the work I’ve done to get where I am today and most of all - grateful to be attending such a fantastic university. And as much as I complain about the work I have to do for classes, it’s pretty cool to see the final product of a good class and interesting topic. I mean who doesn’t like to learn new things?

We all get worn out, but I’m hoping moments like these will continue to remind me how lucky I am to be at SU, to continue my hard work, and ace my upcoming finals so I can have a clear head for summer! IT”S SO CLOSEEE, WOOO! 

Wish me luck on the paper!

~Erik

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