It's 5:30am and I've just completely given up on sleep for the night, after spending the best part of five-and-a-half hours tossing and turning. So, if it's Saturday morning, why am I not trying harder? Because my alarm rings in an hour and a half. O Week for us officially starts at 8am. I'm completely at ease with what I'm doing for O Week, how I'm doing it, and why I'm doing it.

So, why am I not asleep?

It's been an interesting couple of weeks thus far. I basically went from being waverider37 to being a student leader. I started helping plan some O Week events (orientation week, for those not orientated with the phrase) for first-year and international students, specifically those living on campus. I've learned a lot about being a leader and about the value of leadership. I learned that the person who leads me has high hopes and high expectations, and that despite the fact that I might miss out on half a year, they want to keep me here as long as possible. I've also learned what it's like to be on a deadline - a pretty serious one at that - and the joy of being part of a real team.

So it's been a good ride, so far. I have 9 days left before classes start, and those 9 days will be very hectic. So hectic that I'll likely miss out on my 2-year anniversary with my girlfriend. Still, there are ways...

Sunrises are such powerful and versatile metaphors. Matter of fact, as the first light peeks out over the treetops here, I begin to see pretty much what this means for me. It's the dawning of a new time for me.

I'd better go.

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