Personally, my first few weeks at Wittenberg were a little shaky, back in August – as I’m sure was the case with most freshmen, pushed into a new environment, routine and social scene. Since last time, I’ve returned from a refreshing vacation back in cold, snowy Northern Europe, where I’m pretty sure we’re having our own mini ice age at the moment, and where I spent a fantastic few weeks playing in the snow, seeing friends and eating many a home-cooked meal. Returning to Wittenberg for a second semester is definitely a completely different experience than arriving for the first – in an acutely positive way. Instead of being another shaky return, highlighted by uncertainty and doubt, getting back here this time around was much more akin to arriving to a place of one’s own, a place much more homely. Knowing your way around, having friends to catch up with and say “hi” to, and having already been accustomed to the way of life here has helped make this first week of second semester one of the best I’ve had here.
Also helpful is the fact that I’m really enjoying this round of classes, which, this semester, heavily lean toward the humanities, with philosophy, communications, sociology and language courses on my plate. Especially cool is telling your friends back home that you have an anthropology professor who, when not teaching classes at Wittenberg, is off doing research with the indigenous folk of Papua New Guinea. The Wittenberg Theater Department is also swinging into full gear in preparation of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” opening in February, and I’ve already started including Shakespearian parlance in my daily conversation.
Not a worry in the world,