Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Ice Breakers

Finals week is over!!! Another semester has come to a close, and I am so ready for a month of vacation and holiday celebrations, and I'm excited to make some headway on this blog and see what comes of it with all of this free time on my hands. (: I'm also pretty happy about my classes next semester. Winter break is that wonderful time where you dream about all the interesting things you will learn and the people you will meet in your new classes, and then you actually start, and lo and behold they are just as stressful and annoying as the ones from last semester. Not to be a complete Debbie Downer, but it is definitely true that the pre-semester expectations are usually a little higher than what you actually experience in a class. 

One of the most aggravating aspects of starting up new classes, as I learned this past Fall, are the "ice breaker games". Apparently they are just ways to kill time among the attendance taking and syllabus overview that is the first week of school, but by the end of the week I was pretty fed up. I probably repeated my little monologue of 
"Hi, I'm Krista. I'm a junior psych major, and my ideal vacation right now would be a trip to Alaska."
at least 15 times. I mean really, does anybody really care about what anyone else has to say when groups do these? But undoubtedly my first week of Spring semester will be plagued by stupid ice breakers like this. So while thinking about this and preparing myself for next year, I realized that I should have some sort of introduction for this blog and its author. 

So in addition to knowing that I wouldn't mind going to Alaska at some point in my life, most importantly you all should know I am a proud Cal Bear at UC Berkeley. (: I have dreamed of going to Cal since my early high school years, but definitely did not have the grades to prove my ambitious goal. After graduating I went straight into a community college, and was able to finish my general ed in 2 years with a 4.0, and transfer as a Junior to UC Berkeley. So I am not exactly your typical college student, but I have worked my ass off and am pretty proud of myself. The whole "real college" thing is also pretty new to me too then, and I have definitely learned a lot after surviving my first semester at one of the toughest universities in the country. I also have lived in the Bay Area my entire life, so rather than pay ridiculous amounts of money to live in the dorms, I pay ridiculous amounts of money each year for a parking permit and commute to work and school. I guess I live my life half as a college student and half just as a regular person, not being completely surrounded by a bubble or atmosphere of college life. But I have made some great friends at school and can't wait to see what the rest of my time in college has to offer. 
So here is to a new year, a new blog, a new semester, and probably new ice breakers.
Go Bears!


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