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Author: Rachel Newman ’16

Paramus, New Jersey • Psychology View Profile

From Jetlag to Class

Rambling thoughts on my last first day

Hi, friends!

I just wanted to check in a bit after my trip to Israel during Intersession.  Also, I just had my last first day of class, so there's that to talk about too.

So my trip was great.  It was so nice to see my sister again.  Also, one of the girls I lived with when I lived in Israel four years ago has a family now.  Like a husband.  And a daughter.  It was pretty crazy to see all that can happen after four years.  I have some pretty great selfies with her baby, but I feel like she wouldn't appreciate my posting pictures of her kid all over the internet.  Trust me though, she's pretty cute.  Here's an awesome picture of Jerusalem at night to make up for it.  I really missed that place.

Jerusalem at night
The old city of Jerusalem after dark

I landed back in America last night and had my first class at 11:00 a.m. today, which is like the equivalent of 6:00 p.m. in Israel, so the jet-lag wasn't too bad.  I'm pretty much sleeping as I'm writing this though, so the jetlag is definitely real right now. 

I had two classes today, as per my beautiful second-semester-senior-schedule which only has me in two classes in total.  It's great.  Struggling pre-frosh, this is what you have to look forward to at the end of the tunnel.  I also have a thesis, but we won't talk about that. 

As far as first days of school go, this one was pretty good.  No class until 11:00 a.m. is a sweet deal.  Also I'm in a seminar entitled, "Touching Books: An Introduction to the History of the Book," and got to spend three hours this afternoon talking about bookmaking and illuminated manuscripts.  As you may recall, I'm a psychology major, not an English or history major, so it's always fun to take classes totally out of my area.  I'm a big fan of wacky seminars like this one.  I took a seminar on color last year in the visual arts department, which I also loved.  Definitely take advantage of things like this in college. 

Alright friends, it's now 5:00 a.m. in Israel, where my body thinks it is, so I'm going to turn in for the night.