Around The Yard: Kirby Porter

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Kirby Porter
Oct. 7, 2014

I don’t think it hit me that I was really in college until I was sitting in my dorm room by myself after my parents and sister drove away.  Leading up to move in day my emotions were all over the place.  I was a combination of nervous, anxious, and overly excited.  But most of all I was ready.  I was ready for new faces, new experiences, and new beginnings.  The eight-hour drive up to Cambridge from Chevy Chase, Maryland was the longest eight hours of my life.  The night at the hotel in downtown Boston the day before move in day was the least sleep I had ever gotten (3 hours to be exact).  I just wanted to be in college already, I had waited long enough.  

It’s crazy to think that just a month ago I was frantically running through Bed, Bath, and Beyond on move in day because I forgot to pack a mattress pad.  Now it’s already October, I’ve taken my first midterm ever and basketball season has begun.  In my short time at Harvard, I’ve learned what it really means to be a college student, whether that means accidentally sleeping in until 7 minutes before class starts and still making it in time or not.   

Between freshman week, convocation, the beginning of classes, and the beginning of basketball workouts, so much change was happening in such little time that it seemed impossible to keep up with everything.  However, I cannot complain, freshman week was great; I didn’t mind college without any classes.  That week almost made me forget that I had to do work in college.  But what most amazed me about freshman week was how many different types of people I met in such a short period of time and the fact that I get to spend 4 years with such an amazing group.  In such a short time here, I have made great memories and even greater friends.  I couldn’t think of a better place to begin this next chapter of my life.