Thursday, December 15, 2011

And the real journey has begun

As of tomorrow, I will have survived my first semester at Dartmouth.  It's been both the most stressful and most exciting time in my life.  Once again I plan on making my way home, and I look forward to spending the next two or so weeks lounging around my house.  I have no expectations going into this, but I do hope to get some rest.  

It's been a long journey these past four months, and I know that I still have quite a bit more to go.  I have a feeling that I have already learned more in these four months than I have learned in the last 22 years of my life.  This voyage is nowhere near over, and I still have plenty of time and opportunity to go down many different paths.  The sketch below is a symbol of my journey.  There is a path that I initially set out to follow while being here, but there is a good chance that a different road will be chosen.  

There comes a time where one must chose an altered path no matter how scary it may seem.  I don't feel obligated, but I do feel that it is important to explore the unknown.  I feel that my journey is evolving and changing in ways I never would have expected.  The idea itself gives me chills, but I cannot wait to lead myself down this unfamiliar road.


  1. I feel the same way about having learned more in the past 4 months than in my 22 years! And not just in science- thought that is an immense part of it... Like I'm getting all of the knowledge of a 4 year degree in 8 months!

    It is important to explore the unknown- not to be afraid of failure, or to be afraid and jump anyway. To quote Winston S. Churchill, "Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." Sometimes that is very true... but then again, sometimes not ;)

    Love the picture! It's so soft and welcoming with the rolling (clearly VT) hills and gentle bend in the road, like the scene were some stuffed toy or plushie. :)

  2. In first, don't be scared!
    In second, I'll tie you to the bed and you'll rest at least a little bit :-))