ENDICOTT COLLEGE // BEVERLY, MA
I have been MIA from the blog for a couple months now because I was too busy having an absolute blast! Coming back to Endicott after a semester abroad and a month at home, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Post-study abroad depression had blocked out any thoughts of what second semester would actually be like. (Spoiler alert: it was AWESOME.)
While visiting my friend Mallory in Florence in November, she asked me room with her in a suite with her two friends. I jumped at the chance to live in a central location WITH A KITCHEN and make new friends.
However, I never really let myself think about the unknown experience of again living with new people. In all fairness, it wasn’t something I truly had to think about because my new roommates weren’t “new” or “strangers” for long. Immediately, I felt welcomed into a new group of people who made all seven days of the week fun. It probably helped that we had about a million snow days just after we moved in to get to know each other and get into all sorts of shenanigans.
As far as schoolwork goes, I can honestly say that I’ve never had a tougher college semester. Though I did have an absolute blast in my Creative Arts in the Classroom course, and my Music Therapy course was the inspiration for choosing my thesis on Musical Integration in the ESL Classroom, it wasn’t all fun and games. It’s safe to say that Thesis 1 absolutely kicked my ass and left me with little time for anything else.
On top of that, I decided to join the rugby team this semester and had my fair share of sore muscles, weird bruises, and Thursday nights spent on the pitch as opposed to at the bars. But I wouldn’t have had it any other way! I got to learn a new sport and make a bunch of new friends in the process.
That was without a doubt the best part of the past four months: watching all my friends- old and new- get along so well together and as a result, I got to be around all the important people in my life. One really fabulous thing was getting to spend so much time with my sister. I loved being able to wave hello on campus or have family dinner nights.
It’s never easy leaving Beverly in May but the last couple of weeks before move-out were especially emotional. Tina, Amy, Mallory, and I basically spent every day avoiding any talk of summer, moving out, or being separated even up until the last night (which of course we spent building a fire on the beach and then running from campus safety before they could figure out it was us).
I never knew that I could become so close to people in such a short time but saying goodbye was definitely tearful. From guitar jam sessions to wine tasting to Sunday mornings that involved lots of apartment cleanup to having three built-in best friends to open mic nights to dog-sitting to accidentally landing ourselves a house for next year to turning 21 to spontaneous games at Fenway to the best TEAM I’ve ever been a part of, I feel so blessed (and so upset) that I experienced my best semester at Endicott and that I’m done with my junior year. It was one for the books!