The picture is filling in. You’ve had two weeks of classes, and you have favorite places to study—a nook in the architecture library, a couch in the Straight, the stacks in Uris— places you easily retreat to. You take familiar paths to your destinations. You are establishing routines. You have acquaintances; some are becoming friends. You have dining buddies and people to walk with between classes.
You are starting to externalize and find out what the university has to offer. There are visiting scholars, art exhibitions, theatre performances, club and intramural sports of every kind, movies, and oddball traditions. You’re in the game. You belong here.
And be mindful of important things. Be kind, be considerate, be modest, and be fair. Try to be a better person every day. Be a leader, not a follower. Know that you are creating future memories— make sure they are memories you’ll want to have.
Have a great four years!