Oh, what an eventful week it has been.
Over this past weekend I went with Dean, Mike, Heather, and John camping at Trillium Lake in Mount Hood National Forest. Pictures to follow, but it was quite a beautiful and awakening experience. When Dean and I drove cross country, we saw the sights. We took in the landscape. We breathed the air. This was all well and good, but actually setting up shop in such deep wilderness was a completely new experience in and of itself. It was just what I needed before I started fall term.
With that said, I am back and school and only on day two--I'm loving it. It's a wonderful feeling to once again be academically stimulated in ways that I just couldn't do on my own. The professors that I've encountered so far take a wonderful approach to education and instead of treating writing like it's some sort of cruel punishment, my educators are encouraging the students to embrace it and welcome a new way of thinking and approaching writing. I am definitely in for a great semester.
Although I haven't had much of a chance to explore and really understand the campus, I'm grateful already for all that it has to offer. Restaurants, bars, and breweries aside, the campus has several opportunities to get involved and do what you can to make a difference. I received an e-mail from the campus Queer Resource Center this morning about getting involved with volunteering in their several offerings. This is something that I've been looking to do for quite some time and the fact that the campus seeks out those volunteers and offers up those opportunities is something that's completely new and unique to me.
On another note, I am grateful for my little sister Shorty! She just had her eleventh birthday on Sunday. That girl is growing up before my eyes and I am so incredibly proud of the fine young woman that she is growing into.
Anyway--more posts later on this week. I am still in that fun little adjustment period so hopefully I will establish a posting routine soon.