Each day here, I feel time slowly passing by. But when I look backwards, life seems to have moved incredibly fast. I can't believe I'm three quarters of the way through my first year of college. Sometimes it feels like I just showed up yesterday and I'm still the confused freshman with the campus map app permanently open on my phone. But usually, I feel as if I've been here forever. My feet move without my mind even realizing it and I show up where I need to be. I hang out with friends and I spend hours in the libraries and to some degree I follow a pretty consistent routine. And that can make it hard to break up the days. But when I look back at my time in college I don't want to see a blurred string of events. I want to remember all the experiences I have, all the things I see and the people I meet. So I've learned to "let the ordinary things that would usually bore you suddenly thrill you."
Family, teachers and friends have always told me that I'm easily amused. And when they say that, it doesn't tend to come out sounding positive. They say it with a smirk or a laugh and with the hint of a question in their voice wondering why I'm smiling or laughing at something seemingly trivial. But what they don't realize is it's these little things that keep me going. The cute video of a dog I watch, or the time I spend sitting under a tree on the quad or even smiling when the dining hall finally has fruit that looks fresh- these little moments are what matter to me. Work can feel endless and frustrating beyond belief, but these moments break up the routine and give me the motivation to keep going. You can laugh at me for being too easily amused, or you can join me in finding little things to smile about every day. I hope you choose the latter.
- Hayley Nagelberg
VP Israel Affairs