Summertime


Now that it’s summertime for most of us it is a time to remember, a time of transition, and a time to recharge. This past weekend I was able to celebrate as the first weekend of summer! Not only was it the first solar eclipse visible in 8 states within the United States, but it was our first weekend here in housing at Texas Tech after closing. It only made sense for my friends and I to embark on an adventure. We headed up to Palo Duro Canyon (the 2nd largest canyon system in the US and went for a hike. It was a blast! It was the perfect way to spend the day with two great colleagues and even greater friends to celebrate the freedom of summertime! While this was the first weekend of summer it was also the last weekend we would be together as a group. It finally sunk in – this was the end of my first year of graduate school, my first year as a professional, and my first year with these wonderful people I have grown to love. These are the three things on my docket for the summer to get myself ready for year 2!

Remember
This has been a great time for me to not only remember and reflect on this past year, but due to graduation and the thought of graduating in a year has led me to think of where I was a year ago. Remembering is a great way to reflect, to enjoy the past, and see how far you have come. It is my advice to take some time this summer and remember where you were this time last year – and ponder where you will go.

Transition
For many of us this is a time of transition. New professionals will quickly be joining our teams and new relationships will be built. Many of us are also transitioning into new positions and gaining new responsibilities. This can be overwhelming, especially if the transition is short lived. I am going to be working with our summer conferencing this summer, and while it is within the same department I can see there will be many new experiences. My goal is to take them as they come, to fully experience this transition, and get ready to transition into a new year in a few months!

Recharge
As a grad student I have found these few weeks without homework to be full of free time after work hours. I will need to continue working on my thesis this summer and finish my introduction and literature review, but for now I am taking this time to make list of books I want to read for pleasure, series of shows I want to Netflix, and trips I want to go on. These next few weeks will be my time to recharge – focus on some things I have allowed to drop on my priority list.

What are you planning to do with your summertime? How will you get ready for the next year? I would love to hear!



In peace, 


Ryan Bye

Student Affairs - the First Years

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