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Student Blogs | Colleen Uechi

Posted on April 9, 2010 at 11:41 am

I am studying.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to the fun stuff.

I was so ready. After a week of spring break at home in sunny Hawaii, I had just gotten used to exposing my toes to the air. And then I got back here, and what do we get? Rain. And cold. But as I walked grumpily to my chemistry class early Monday morning, I saw some familiar faces, and I was reminded of the part about PUC that makes the weather bearable: the people. I’ve made some amazing friends up here, and seeing them for meals or quick snippets in between classes helps me get through the week. And, actually, this past one went quite well, thanks for asking.

I like my classes this quarter. Three communication-related classes to one science class. What a great ratio! Spanish looks to be a bit more difficult, which is good because I need to improve if I want to study abroad next year, a fabulous opportunity but a thought that makes me slightly nervous. But it’s my chance to throw everything in God’s hands. I actually just applied for a passport today. I haven’t needed one because contrary to what some people believe, Hawaii is actually part of the United States of America.

As we get back into the grind of school, we of course need a few diversions. Getting off the hill, exercising, or working can all be great stress-busters. My buddies and I went down to the gym on Wednesday to play basketball, which, thanks to the week of home cooking, was thoroughly exhausting. Afterward we stayed to watch some people play futsal (indoor soccer). Like most American sports fans, I’m not really into soccer, but the students here make it really exciting to watch. Which brings me to intramurals, which started this week. Last quarter’s basketball intramurals were awesome. Our team, the Blossoms, won exactly one game, but my teammates’ high spirits made every game hilariously fun. From my perspective, it pretty much sums up life at college. Things may not be ideal; you may be struggling to beat the other team or overcome your next test or use up/save your caf card; but when you look around and see the people who are doing it with you, you can’t help but enjoy yourself.

So besides the depressing skies (now turned sunny), it’s going wonderfully here. Then again, the cold does give me a chance to wear the fluffy bunny socks my aunty just gave me. Score. 

Colleen Uechi
Freshman Pre-med Intercultural Communication Major