Getting Settled Back in at Oswego

There is no better welcome back than winter weather.

There is no better welcome back than winter weather.

It has now been two weeks since returning to campus after a long winter break and it seems like I have not missed a beat. While my first semester last fall was a bit of a transition (the first semester of college can do that), moving back to Oswego was seamless.

The hardest part was bringing back my belongings to campus. Why I brought so many things back with so much already in my room, I have no idea.

I am simply back in the rhythm of things, so much so that it feels like I was never gone. Despite the six-week break, it all feels the same. It is still the same Oswego that I remember (minus the mild days associated with fall weather).

Just because it all feels the same, however, does not mean it is the same. New classes are an obvious difference when a semester begins, as is the Oswego weather. Even groups of people can change.

A friend of mine left Oswego at the end of last semester to attend another school. There are also those who I no longer see in my classes. Fortunately, I have been able to remain good friends with these people.

Those are just some changes, however. The biggest changes are yet to come and are the ones I am most excited about.

With a new semester, comes a fresh slate and new opportunities. In many cases, there is the potential to continue what has already been started. For me, that means continuing my involvement with PRSSA and student blogging.

In other cases, it means starting something new and testing the waters. This is about getting involved in other areas. This semester, I am joining WTOP, the student-run television station on campus. I will be a part of the crew as a camera operator.

Public Relations (my major) may not have much to do with holding a camera, but being a part of WTOP has a lot to do with trying something new, meeting new people, and having fun.

So as I go deeper into this semester, I look forward to new opportunities while enjoying the ones I am already a part of.

It is good to be back.

About the Author

Travis Barend is a first year student at SUNY Oswego majoring in Public Relations. In addition to his studies, Travis is a member of PRSSA and is a student blogger for SUNY Oswego's website. Travis enjoys writing about NASCAR racing in his spare time. He has spent the recent years writing for various websites, including Speedwaymedia.com, a website a part of NASCAR's citizen journalist media corps. He also contributes a weekly news column for NASCARTheGame.com, the official website of the NASCAR video game series. Travis also has his own blog, TracksideChatter.com, where he also posts racing content. You can follow Travis on Twitter @TracksideTravis, but be warned. He tweets about NASCAR. A lot.
Email: tbarend@oswego.edu
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