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Right As I Want You, Right As You Run

by Alumni Posts on November 28, 2011

in Academics

On my desk sits a huge calendar with every assignment due date and test date penciled in. Monday, December 12th, is a little different from the other days, though, with the label: “You survived the Worst. Semester. Ever.” My classes for next semester are in the system (only seventeen hours…what a relief!), and as I think about what’s in store for me in the months to come, I can’t help but ask myself, “Was this really the Worst Semester Ever?” Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we? I really don’t feel like doing homework at the moment.

1. I’ve pretty much survived the first half of the class that supposedly weeds out all of those students unfit for med school: the dreaded organic chemistry. In all honesty, it wasn’t even that bad, and I even decided as I met with my advisor last week to take organic two and get a chem minor. I thought the 4:30-8:20 Thursday night labs would be positively dreadful, but in all honesty, they’re actually a lot of… fun. Plus, I always get a good laugh out of the dumb mistakes I tend to make during lab, like how I turned part of my finger bright orange last week or how one week I spilled a solution of cloves all over Courtney’s stereochem worksheet (her paper now smells Christmas-y, courtesy of me). While it’s a very stressful four hours, we still manage to have a weirdly good time.
2. I’ve never had so much homework to do! I can’t count the number of times I’ve cried over being too overwhelmed with stuff that, quite frankly, I didn’t feel like doing. Somehow, though, I fell into a study routine, and I was finally able to add some procrastination time (like now) back into my schedule. Sure, it means I don’t get to go to bed at ten like I did over the summer, but at least I get everything accomplished.
3. I finally know what I want to do with my life…! (I think.) After much stress at the beginning of the semester: “What do I want to do?”, I’ve finally decided that I’m in a good place for what I want to be. My dad is now insisting that I become a doctor, since I like chemistry and all, but Western medicine isn’t my thing. I’ve decided that, in addition to becoming a registered dietitian, I want to go into oriental medicine and acupuncture, so I can incorporate diet and natural medicine all in my own private practice. I can’t believe it took me so long to figure that out.
4. I’ve made more friends here at school, and I’m finally starting to feel like I’ve made the right choice with coming to school here. Last year, I wanted so badly to be at SLU with my brother, where I’d have more clubs to join, more people around me… all of those things that come with a bigger campus. But now I finally feel like Fontbonne is definitely the place for me.

Okay. I digress. I suppose I better get working on my nutrition paper… I have to get up early before organic lecture to work on a lab that I totally screwed up. Unfortunately, though, I’m not looking forward to that. I’m sure by next week, though, as I’m sitting down to a nice piece of pumpkin or apple or whatever kind of pie, I will be able to look back on this lab that I’ve made a mess of and laugh. I can only hope.

Hang in there everyone!

-Carly

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