It’s hard to believe I am starting my third year at the University of Redlands. It feels as if it was just yesterday that I was a bright eyed and terrified freshman moving into Fairmont Hall.
Yet, time has passed and I have now become accustomed to this place I call “home” September through April (and sometimes May). I have become accustomed to the heat, which at times can be unbearable. I have become accustomed to the food at the commons — sometimes too accustomed, but I have my favorites which still make me excited. Better than the food, though, are the familiar faces of the people working at the commons, which I am greatly accustomed to. The people who often make my day with their words of encouragement.
Most importantly, I have become accustomed to the family I have created for myself; my roommates whom I absolutely adore, my sisters in my organization WRW, and my friends I have made from the different classes and activities I am apart of at the university, like this newspaper and the REACH program.
They say home is where the heart is. I am lucky enough to have my heart simultaneously in different parts of the world. Although the comfort of home used to reside in the Bay Area, I have grown a lot in these past two years in Redlands. Now in my third year I find my comfort in the relationships I have cultivated at the university, which have truly made this place feel like home.
Photo contributed by Redlands Bulldog photographer Kevin Reyes