Christmas ended up being a spectacular time, and I went back to Clarkson for my fourth semester. Spring 2010.
This was the semester when I realized that I didn’t want to be a physics major. I had had a difficult time in classes, and I was perfectly capable of doing the math, it was all the theory and memorizing equations that was difficult. But the math. I could do that.
So I changed my major. I became a mathematics major, and within the first week changed my entire schedule for the semester.
I had to take a computer programming course, and while it wasn’t easy sometimes it was fun. All in all, the semester was a flurry of changes. Many of them, if not all of them, good changes that I don’t regret at all.
I continued to go back and visit the Upward Bound office at SUNY Adirondack where I spent so three of my summers when I was in high school. When I went back to visit this time, I learned that there was a new director and a new assistant director. I also learned that they were looking for program assistants to work with them and run the program smoothly during the summer (I mean when you take a group of up to 50 teenagers with pent up energy and more drama than necessary and put them together every day for six weeks, well you might be able to imagine what could happen without additional help).
I enjoyed the program while I was in it, and decided I would apply. So I came back to Clarkson after one of our breaks, got right to work on my resume and cover letter and sent them in. I had an phone interview because I wouldn’t be able to travel home just for that, and a few weeks later got a letter in the mail. I had a summer job. This was also the semester that I decided something. Something that at the time I didn’t realize would be such a big decision.
I decided that I was tired of being overweight. So I didn’t really do much, I think I began running maybe two to three times a week. But by the end of it all, I was a math major, had a summer job, and an ambition to do something that may or may not turn out well in the end.