Just a couple of things I've noticed this Winter Semester at BYU:
--There are returned sister missionaries EVERYWHERE. The wave has returned, and they have all returned to Provo.
Not that this is a bad thing. I mean, I think it's great that there are more sisters serving missions. But it adds a different demographic to campus. And it means that there are conversations like this around campus on an hourly basis:
"Sister Clark! Wait, what's your first name?"
"Aubrey! What's yours?" (I kid you not, I heard conversations like this about fifteen times yesterday.)
Students going up to devotional: "Where did you serve?"
"Atlanta. What about you?"
"Chile. This is my companion."
I have heard more conversations like this than ever before. And they're all coming from girls. Most of whom are younger than me when I left for a mission. Crazy.
Did I mention that I'm really glad that I never have to be a recently returned missionary ever again? Because I am. I'm really glad about. To everything there is a season, I know, but I'm at at a different season now, and I'm a-ok with that.
-Also, just FYI, NEVER go to the student gym until AFTER everyone has broken their New Year's Resolutions. Just don't do it.