An Unthought-of Summer Abroad

An Unthought-of Summer Abroad

Studying abroad
is something I thought I’d never be able to experience during my time at the College.  Being on a sports team it’s impossible to
miss an entire semester of school; I feel like the team may miss me during
competition season, I would hope so at least. 
Thankfully though I discovered that William and Mary offers many
opportunities to study abroad during the summer.  And more importantly I’m lucky enough to have
a coach that doesn’t mind me not practicing all summer.  We won’t discuss how hard it’s going to be to
get back into shape when I get back into the States.  I choose to focus on the positive which is
the fun that lies ahead, not how I’ll pay for it later.
So
once I finally got home from Williamsburg and convinced myself to unpack I was
faced with the obvious problem of packing again.  But this time I couldn’t just shove
everything I own in my car and start driving. 
I’ve been told by many to “pack light” for Europe, but everyone who
knows me knows that I only really pack in one fashion, which has been
previously mentioned.
Even
writing about packing has started to stress me out so I’ll move onto what I’m
actually doing once I reach Europe.  I’ll
pack eventually, once again positive thoughts for now.  For someone who has taken German since
freshman year of high school and is going to minor in German studies, saying
I’ve never been there is almost embarrassing. 
Thankfully I’m going to rectify that situation by studying there for six
weeks.  I’ll be living with a German
family in Potsdam (about 20 mins south of Berlin), taking three classes and
attempting to experience as much as possible in the short six weeks that I’m
there.  After my program is over I’m
going to take a week to make my way to London where I catch my plane back to
the States.  I don’t really have a plan; maybe
meet up with a friend or two in Paris and Madrid.  Part of the fun is not knowing exactly what
I’m going to be doing or where I’ll be sleeping for that week.
As
nervous as I am for spending all that time in Europe I have the safety net of
the William and Mary students that will be traveling with me.  Though I don’t know any of my fellow Germany
bound students I trust that we’ll get to be good friends by the end of the trip
and I’m excited about the prospect of meeting new people.  I’m also happy that a William and Mary
professor is going with us.  I’ve already
sent her many a nervous email since I’ve been home and in typical W&M professor
style my worries were squashed quickly. 
Hopefully she won’t get sick of me before my plane touches down.
Well
I guess I should go and force myself to pack. 
No more distractions…at least on my computer.  I may have to clean my room before I can
pack, but like I said the bag will get packed eventually, hopefully without too
much stuff in it. 
Bis Potsdam (until Potsdam),
Chris 



A Well Deserved Break…right before Summer Break Rolls In

With gymnastics
season over I get a taste of what it’s like to finally have free time and be a
typical William and Mary student.  Being an
athlete here at the College is awesome, and I’m lucky enough to have found a
school that provides me with everything I wanted academically and just happened
to be one of the 18 colleges that still has an NCAA Division 1 level gymnastics
team.  If only I was this lucky in
finding everything I need in life! 
With that being
said after a whole semester of hard workouts and traveling just about every
weekend having a break to wind down the end of the semester is a gift.  More importantly, not having a three hour
commitment in the afternoon provides me with lots of free time that I’m not
accustomed to.  Whatever shall I do to
fill this void?
Well, after a
day, or should I say two, of catching up on some much needed rest I finally
decided my time should be spent being productive…or at least enjoying the
beautiful weather that rolls into Williamsburg every spring.  During the spring the great struggle starts
between keeping up with your classes that you’ve worked so hard on for the last
semester and enjoying the weather with your friends that you aren’t going to
see for the next few months. 
As with most
things in my life I try to strike a balance between the two and opt for
studying in the Sunken Gardens with some friends.  At least that was the plan until we started to
play volleyball in the court behind the Bryan complex for the next two
hours.   I started to regret that
decision as I was in Swem finishing up my homework late that night when the sunburn kicked in.
Over the next
two weeks I’ll get to enjoy the small moments that make William and Mary
great.  Whether it’s a stroll down Duke
of Gloucester street into Colonial Williamsburg with a friend or spending
entirely way too much time on the Sadler Center Terrace, it’s great to catch up
with friends that I’ve spent many a long weekend away from.  With summer approaching you start to realize
that you only have a few more small moments in between all the large ones.  Before you know it the campus becomes
consumed with studying for finals.  And after
what seems like a blink of an eye lid, I’ll be moved out of my dorm room and on
I-95 towards Pittsburgh. 
So instead of
sitting at this computer screen for any more time, so sorry to disappoint, I’m
going to go out and see what I can get myself into.  Who knows what will be waiting for me out on
campus, but more than likely I’ll end up on the Terrace.  Maybe I’ll even study for a bit.