As you may, or may not know, I pretty much live at Northeastern year-roud.  And for me, that's fine.  I love it there.  No need for those 4 months summers, I'd rather finish up a Co-op and take a few classes.  However, it was nice to step back and enjoy my week and a half long time off from the pressures of Boston living.  So here's a quick summary:

MegaBus to Hartford. Lunch with Dad. 4 hour drive to Philly. Hanging with friends. Flight to Cincinnati. Few days with grandparents. Drove Mom 10 hours back to Philly. Relaxed. Watched lots 'o movies. Went into Philly for a cheesesteak and some good times with friends. Relaxed. Saw one of the best concerts of my life, Chester French, Taking Back Sunday, Weezer and the glorious Blink 182. Chilled. Spent quality time with the parents. 6 hour drive to Boston?

Simply put, that's what I've been doing, and it's nice, but I really miss the university.  Fresh faces will soon be showing up on campus and although they may slow things down in the dining hall and get in the way occasionally, it's refreshing for us all to see the new and old return to campus again.  Working from home, working at school, planning events and living a life become a tricky bundle to handle so this fresh air makes it more enjoyable.  Who knows what this next year will hold in store, but I am sure of one thing: possibilities are endless. 

Now, with all these possibilities are a catch that I encountered worse than ever this past year: how to manage a career and a relationship. I mean, personally, I feel I will mesh with the correct person that will be at the same level of both.  I feel they're both quite essential to live a happy, fulfilling life.  I will, however, put love on a pedestal and say it is more important and can fill other voids, but at this point in my life I am looking to balance both.  I've received some amazing opportunities in college and accepted almost every single one to better myself in a career for the future.  This sometimes make me wonder if it's too much, if maybe I'm involved in too many clubs, activities and jobs.  I enjoy keeping myself occupied.  Of course I leave the nights to themselves for discovery with friends and relationships however I sometimes struggle with throwing up the white flag and saying, "hey I just need some time to myself."  Any thoughts?  How do you manage your life of a career and a relationship?