It is a scary thing leaving. It is an exciting thing leaving. Sometimes people ask me how Pearson has changed me. I can't really tell yet, to be honest. I'm more sensitive. More aware. I care more about things that are important to me. I defend people more. The news is personal. I appreciate food and homes more. I appreciate my family more. I can take care of myself better. I realized I like going to bed early. I can make friends with pretty much anyone. I love the sound of Spanish. I can identify languages and understand accents better. I don't know. I think in general, I'm just better. I hope I am. I'm a bit more serious sometimes. I have to continually remind myself to appreciate the small things. I question things a lot. I can be impatient. I'm still a messy eater. I don't know.
Self indulgence aside, the next steps are shaky for a lot of us. For anyone who has transitioned from high school to university (or transitioned at all), you know it requires an adjustment period. One second year called it, "entering the void." A temporary darkness. When deciding where to go, what's important? Is it proximity to home? Reputation? Small classes? Good courses? To be completely honest I'm a bit tired of all this. I'm waiting to go somewhere and finally breathe a sigh of relief. Something intangible, some kind of knowing. Anyone got any advice?