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An Orphan on Family Weekend?

Today I volunteered at the Latino Youth Summit hosted by Black Hawk College. I was doing so as a part of Latinos Unidos, but we didn’t have anything to do. Since we didn’t know the building, we couldn’t really help shepherd the participants from room to room, and that was all they had in mind for us to do.

So we left around 11am and, because I went to sleep at 2am the night before and woke up at 7 that morning, went back to sleep. I didn’t get out of bed until 5. This wasn’t out of sheer laziness, but a slight case of the dumps.

It’s been about a month since I last saw my family (or however long ago Labor day weekend was).

I miss them dearly. The family gatherings, the authentic Mexican food (none of that tex-mex garbage), my brother’s marvelous mustache: the thought of it all makes me anxious for October to end. Sadly, they weren’t able to make it for Family Weekend. I know my family is proud and loves me. With both my grandfather’s memorial mass and cousin’s birthday/graduation/celebratory becoming-a-citizen and getting-her-license party,  they just didn’t  have the time or funds to make the 3 1/2 hour drive from Zion. To make up for it in a way, my mom sent me some money, which I used to buy a much needed sweater from the bookstore (it’s kinda difficult to type with mittens and my nose is still cold ;-;).

To make matters worse, I have reading to finish for a quiz and ton of work due  for LSFY Monday. Since I wasn’t feeling very productive, I just sat in my room trying to come up with a short story while eating peanut butter and my roommate’s Oreos washed down with water. Afterward, I wandered about, washing my betta fish’s bowl (actually more of a cube…) and was invited to chill with a couple girls on my floor. We talked and listened to Jazz music while eating massive popsicles and drew on the door of our host (picture shown above).

As difficult as the transition from Zion to Augustana may be, I know I have to do my best to make this place my home. With a little help from my new-found friends, maybe I won’t be yearning for fall break so much :]

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