I love summer!

It feels like I finally have time to do all of the things I’ve been longing for over the course of the year. I visit SF on a fortnightly basis, go swimming, exercise, take naps, volunteer, hang out with my fellow staff, and explore new places. I wish I could somehow manage my time so I could continue these things throughout the school year, but it just never seems to work out that way. There are far too many things I’m interested in.

Yesterday, I went down to the Berkeley animal shelter to get trained as a dog walker. It was so exciting to be there because it’s free adoption weekend! Maddie’s Fund gave Berkeley as well as 37 other shelters in the Bay Area $500 for each animal adopted, while waving the adoption fees for qualified owners. It’s always wonderful seeing pets who find themselves in the shelter going to wonderful homes where they will be loved, played with, and given a family. I’m really excited to be working at the shelter, even if it can be a bit sad sometimes, because I know I’m helping the dogs stay healthy and optimistic while they’re waiting for the home. Also because Berkeley had the lowest euthanasia rate of any shelter in California, and they never euthanize for space. I’m going to be paired with a mentor to do my first few walks, and then I can go in and volunteer anytime I want! It’s going to be awesome getting to be around animals again, and I’m hoping it will reduce my stress levels quite a bit.

Today I had an awesome time with my staff up at Clark Kerr for our yearly summer barbeque. We ate tasty burgers, competed at tennis, and played a ton of mafia. One of the RAs is super good at being the narrator, which made it a lot more fun than with any other group I’ve ever played with. NG brought her dog as well, so I had a blast running around and playing with him (thought I should remember next time that non-dog people get really worried when I do that).

All in all, a great summer so far. Class has been really enjoyable, I’m getting to do a lot of things on my wishlist, and the weather is absolutely gorgeous. I just need to work harder on figuring out what graduate schools I want to apply to, and studying the GRE.

How’s your summer treating you?

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