Owl’d Lang Syne

Happy (belated) New Year!  We hope you all had a great holiday season, and enjoyed (or are enjoying) your winter break.  And if you’re a senior, I hope you turned in all your Rice application materials by the deadline.  I can empathize with you, because I’m finishing up my applications for post-grad plans right now as well.  Us owls are migrating back for the end of the winter since the spring semester starts Monday.

It feels a bit weird for me to head back this time, knowing it’s my last semester at Rice.  There’s still a lot I want to do while I’m in college, but there’s only so many hours.  It seems kind of telling that during registration for this semester, lots of my friends had to prevent themselves from signing up for like 20 hours of courses when they realized there were no more semesters they could put off electives to.  This also kind of comes up against the desire to take a smaller course load your last semester so you have time to to do all the senior events Rice hosts, or go visit companies and grad schools, or other random things (e.g. I am leaving the country for a week in 10 days, more on that another time).   This actually brings up an interesting difference between high school and college.  You probably already know that you take different courses every semester in college.  But there’s also really no set amount of courses you take each semester, either than the 12 hour minimum to be a full time student.  I’ve had semesters at Rice with as few as 12 hours (4 classes) and some with as many as 18 hours (6).  It’s up to you, your academic plans, and how much time you want to devote to classes.  This is part of becoming more independent, and it’s a pretty great part of college, even if you might be overwhelmed at first by the several hundred classes you can choose from.  To the high school seniors out there, since you can’t change your schedule, have a great last semester and finish strong!

P.S.  If you’re one of the people who emails Peter, wish him a happy belated birthday!

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