• Jin

    Jin Baek

    Senior
    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Jin's Bio:
    Hi, there! I'm Jin, and I am a passionate, talkative, dessert fanatic. Poems, good books, coconut water, and action movies make me happy. If we ever meet in person, you'll definitely hear me before you see me. You'll want to ask how many energy drinks I've had, but the answer will always be zero.

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    Cambridge, MN
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    Minneapolis, MN
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    Cromwell, MN
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    Duluth, MN
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    Prior Lake, MN
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    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

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    Fargo, ND
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    Mora, MN
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    Aurora, CO
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    Class of 2017
    Roseville, MN
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    Cambridge, MN
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    Graduate Student
    Heyworth, IL
    Doctor of Physical Therapy

Thanksgiving on Campus

If you didn’t already know, I am from Aurora, Colorado, which means that my home is more than a thousand miles away from Duluth, Minnesota. Due to a handful of reasons (like not having a car on campus, being a broke college student, and not being able to justify spending hundreds of dollars on flights just to be home for 2 or 3 days), I decided to stay on campus in my Kerst apartment during all of Thanksgiving break.

The plan was to have dinner with a friend who was also planning on staying on campus. But then that plan fell through when my friend cancelled (decided to go home after all), so I was left without any plans over the almost-week break. So what did I do for the 3 days off from school and the weekend?

I took the bus everywhere. I went grocery shopping for hours (literally hours-I love grocery shopping). I went to see a movie by myself (no interruptions, can hog all the popcorn, double arm space). I shopped around downtown Duluth in the various shops. I ate junk food- boy, did I eat a lot of junk food. And I cooked thanksgiving dinner by myself and ate dinner by myself.

I know what you’re thinking: Poor thing had to spend Thanksgiving by herself with no friends or family or company.

But, actually, I loved every minute of it. Now, that’s not to say I like being a hermit crab stuffed in a room all alone with nothing to do, because that sounds just miserable. But I learned something really amazing in my almost-week alone: I like spending me-time with me, myself, and I. And I think in the midst of living the crazy, hectic college life where there are people everywhere, all the time, and in this day and age when people can be reached with literally a few taps on a device, I forgot how cathartic and relaxing and important it is to spend some time being good to myself.

So, please, hold the pity for the sad, lonely (and really broke) college student because I realized that I’m actually an independent, struggling-but-trying young woman who is more secure with herself than ever.

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