Sophomore Year of College
I move to a new dorm building to live with my friend, Suzanne. We share a huge room overlooking the Music Building where Suzanne has most of her classes.
Scott and I break up on the first Thursday in September. I practice saying that without crying because I’m going home for the weekend to attend the funeral of a friend’s father. This is my second break-up with Scott, so I don’t expect much sympathy
The following Tuesday, terrorists hijack planes in New York, DC, and Pennsylvania and the world stops spinning.
Suzanne has been training for the Chicago Marathon. I go to watch and cheer her on. It’s freezing.
I start working for my Macro Economics professor. I do the bookkeeping at the business he owns in town and occasionally help grade his Econ exams. He doesn’t provide an answer key so I have to rely on my memory of the course to mark things right or wrong. I run the answers by him for approval, hoping he’s not judging me for how much I’ve forgotten in only one semester’s time.
I go to Maryland over the holiday break to visit my cousins. We go skiing together in southern Pennsylvania. On the way there, we stop at a gas station called Sheets for sandwiches. Sheets has touch-screen computer terminals where you can customize your sandwich order. I’m amazed.
My business fraternity has a Formal. I don’t have a date, so I’m set up with someone’s boyfriend’s roommate. I borrow a dress from my sister. Jen, the girl who lives across the hall from me in my dorm, spends an hour curling my hair.
The boy is underwhelmed because I don’t drink. I’m just underwhelmed.
Scott and I get back together.
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