Now that my final year here at UC is coming to a close, I have a few regrets, as I find that I generally do when I finish up a course of study. For high school I regretted not getting more involved. For undergrad. I regretted switching schools so much and not starting out at UC as I would then have no student loans hanging over my head. Now, I regret not socializing more with the amazing people I've had the opportunity to attend classes with.
Sure, being antisocial is in my nature. I don't like going out to new places- I have to be pried out with a crowbar. And being a Cincy native, I already had friends making demands on my time, and I lacked the need to make new relationships with new people if I wanted to socialize. I was also fairly new in a rather engrossing relationship. Thus, when my new classmates went out, I politely declined and stayed in, or went out with other friends. Sadly, I like my classmates and enjoy spending time with them more than I enjoy going out with some of my other friends- the conversation is usually more to my taste.
About when I was feeling comfortable around the new people, I hit a slump in schoolwork. I was stressed out and exhausted and didn't want to go out at all, with anyone. This lasted for a good year or so. And now, finally, now, I feel up to going out, I feel like going new places and trying new things and being around fantastic, interesting and engaging individuals... and they're all leaving in a few months. Okay, not all, but a lot, and those that will remain will not be right on hand in the office to talk with on a daily basis.
My goal then, for this quarter and for as long as some remain in town, is to spend a lot more time with everyone in the office. So far, so good. We'll see how it goes.