Posted on October 2, 2009 at 10:46 am
This weekend, my friends and I decided to visit my best friend Amanda, a former PUC student, at her new studio in San Francisco. We figured that a mini-vacation together would be perfect after a week packed with moving in, helping others move in, getting books, going to classes, and meeting tons of new students, both transfers and freshmen.
After a day of exploring the unique Golden Gate Park in slightly overheated weather, we went to Safeway, where we bought a baguette, brie, apples, cucumbers, and ingredients to make a Greek salad. We sat in her cozy little studio, clearly made for a miniature girl like Amanda, and had a classy little dinner. Laughing, eating, drinking sparkling French lemonade. I realized how much I missed this girl!
The following afternoon, we said goodbye to our pretty little Amanda and her pretty little home. I held back tears as I parted ways with my other half. I thought of the sea of new faces at school I saw at Opening Convocation this year, but their greatness in number does not make up for the absence of hers.
While crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. I looked at all the people making the endless walk across the bridge, wondering if they regretted choosing today to trek over 1.7 miles in the heat of a late summer afternoon. Regardless, the temperature there seemed mild in comparison to the intolerable heat in Angwin last week. It was kind of funny to hear freshmen talk about how they only brought warm clothes to school, thinking they would be freezing up here. They complain about the weather now, but they'll look back longingly on these sunny days when they're trapped indoors during winter quarter.
Marin, Sonoma, and finally, Napa…it's funny how passing through Napa makes me feel like I'm almost home. In a moment of silence so rare in a car full of girls, I looked out the window and could smell the faintest scent of grapes from the vineyards. I closed my eyes to take in my surroundings. What a beautiful place to be.
When we arrived at school, I hugged my girls goodbye, and began walking back eagerly to Andre Hall, brushing past a number of the flirting couples who probably met at SA's Speed Dating the night before. I was glad to see that the event was effective.
Oh, the despair I felt when I sat down to start my work and found that I had come back to a mountain of reading for every single one of my classes. After mentally getting back into school-mode, I opened my Media Law book and wasted no time overloading my brain.
And so began the streak of sleepless nights. I'm going to need another weekend away; I can already feel it. Fortunately, I'm going to Yosemite with Business Club next week. Yet another great excuse to hang out with friends!
Sophomore, International Communication & European History
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