Similar to most years, it seems like the summer months pass faster than normal, and you find yourself at the start of another exciting year. This past summer has been one of the most rewarding summers of my life, but I am definitely excited to be back on campus for another school year.
I officially ended the internship at the Pac-12 Conference in mid-August and traveled to New York for a week before heading back to campus. My time at the Pac-12 Conference was extremely rewarding, as I had the opportunity to work with a lot of really interesting people from really different backgrounds. This was my first time in the work force, and I learned some really valuable lessons. The most important lesson was to always remain curious about what you are doing. If you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life. I felt that everyone at the Pac-12 really loved what they did and, as a result, it was great environment to work in.
After leaving the Pac-12, I had a chance to compete in a grass court tournament in New York. I made the trip with a couple of Harvard teammates, and this was the first time any of us had a chance to play on the grass, so it was a new experience. The tournament hosted several formal events, so we had a chance to relax and unwind after some intense matches. After the tournament, I headed back to campus for the start of my sophomore year.
Overall, I leave this summer with many positive memories, and I look towards this school year with mixed emotions. I am excited for the new year, but there is always certain feelings of anxiety and doubt as well. Unlike freshmen year, your sophomore year bears more responsibilities, such as declaring your concentration(major), and you start to feel the expectations of the outside world. It is nearly impossible to predict what lessons I will learn, or what journeys I will embark on, but that is where the true fun lies. Looking back on my freshmen year I could not have predicted how the year would turn out. All my four year plans and schedules I made on the first day were inaccurate and are long gone. Each day brought new twists and turns and amidst all the unpredictability, I experienced the most rewarding year of my life. For this very reason I will not try and predict where I will be at the end of my sophomore year because if history is to repeats itself(as it does so often) I would simply be wasting my time. Instead I look to my sophomore year with a smile as I’m sure it will lead to something far greater and more rewarding than I could have possibly imagined.
Pictures from the last couple weeks of summer:
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