My Experience

The End of Summer and The Start of Fall

This summer has been a whirlwind. It feels like so much has happened. To recap, I took five summer classes, went on a trip to Fort Wayne, celebrated my 21st birthday, and got two surgeries. It’s been a big summer and those are only the highlights. Not to mention the global pandemic and how that changed everything. I finally finished my summer classes. That feels so good to say. I finished my classes on the 19th of August and I have until the 7th. Up until the end of July, I had no idea what my classes would even look like.

As my schedule sits now, I will do all of my classes online. Although one of my classes has the option to be in person it’s impractical for the rest of my schedule. I also have to take into account my health. Post-surgery, my immune system is already compromised. This paired with chronic illnesses, going in person to classes is a pretty large risk. It’s one I’m not willing to take.

I anticipate some grief about not being on campus. I will do my best to participate in clubs via Zoom but I’m not sure how that will work. I will set up an office space specifically for school. While I’ve been working out of my room to do classes, my living situation is about to change. My mom has recently taken a job out of state. This leaves the house to my brother, his husband, and myself. This means I can move upstairs! This is exciting for a variety of different reasons.

Stairs have always been a challenge for me. Even on my best days, the stairs spike my heart rate very significantly. Eliminating the need to go up and downstairs is huge. It also gives me more autonomy and personal space. Settling back home wasn’t easy but this shift will give me a new sense of order.

I have packed my course load for the Fall. Unlike last year, it’s much more realistic to my needs both mentally and physically. I have a lot of excitement as I anticipate graduating in the Spring. I’m starting applications for graduate school. I have a lot on my plate but I’m giddy about the future and all the excitement it holds. Crush and I are ready to take on the world.

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