>We’re Back

>I only put in one earring this morning before leaving my room, I’m having trouble typing, I have no appetite, my eyes are red and burning. Every muscle in my body aches so I can barely lift my arms or legs. I am having trouble focusing and when people ask me questions I have to ask them to repeat themselves, sometime more than once. I keep tripping while I walk across perfectly smooth surfaces and my vision goes fuzzy from time to time. My brain feels as though is shutting down one compartment at a time. No I’m not old, no I’m not dying of any terminal disease. I am a sophomore, nursing major in the Torrey program with an alter ego who is in ROTC three times a week. ‘Welcome back troops’ reads the banner announcing our dorm mixer, intending to get the students excited about being back at school. Don’t get me wrong I am happy to be back, ‘a life without learning is like being blind and can’t see’ but I could do without the symptoms of a mentally ill patient. On the plus side I have already read 1/3 of the Psalms, Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince” and the first book of Edmund Spenser’s “Faerie Queene” and just beginning ‘A midsummer Night’s Dream’. Welcome back troops! Fight for an education, for self-actualization, for meaning, for friends, for food, for rapidly diminishing parking spaces, for sleep. Good luck all.


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