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I am ready for this semester to be over. This time I had 3 group projects and 2 papers to write. On top of all that I have to study for 3 exams! Fortunately I do not have class this Friday and I am completely finished by next Friday. There is a raffle on Monday and I think that I have a good chance of winning. It is based on the number of seminars that I completed. I figured that most people would blow it off, since you have to commit to it every week. If I win, I will get $500. I deliberately did not make plans for this money because if I don’t win, I’ll just be more disappointed.

Then I have a week off to have fun! On May 12 is when I start my job at Nordstrom. I am going to be a sales associate. I hope that I can do well. I will be making $10 an hour plus commission! That is a lot of money for me since I used to work at McDonalds and get paid $8.75 an hour. I plan on saving a lot of the money that I make this summer and not spending it all.


As this semester is coming to an end, and I am stressing out because as much as exams have snuck up on me, they have clearly snuck up on my professors even more! All of my teachers are throwing multiple projects or papers at me right now, trying to make sure they cover all the material they said we would and sometimes I just want to be like “THIS IS NOT MY ONLY CLASS!” But alas, I don’t, and each semester I survive and over break wonder why I stressed so much during the school year!

I cannot believe that come May 13 I will have officially completed half of my college career! It really is crazy how fast time flies! I’ve been thinking about the last two years a lot the past couple of days, and I look back at the friends I had the first week of college compared to the smaller amount I have now, and I am really happy with the good friends I have! College has been great so far, and I cannot wait to see what this second half has in store for me!

But first…I need to finish this semester!


During the school year, I never really have a ton of time to engage in the purely-American tradition of watching primetime TV. And, honestly, I really don’t like TV all that much to begin with. But, even so, I do enjoy watching a few shows; namely, “The Big Bang Theory,” “Jeopardy!” (for which I’ll be taking the online test in March in hopes of being on the college tournament – wish me luck!), “Emily Owens M.D.” (which was cancelled, much to my dismay), and “The Amazing Race.”

Tomorrow night, the next season of “The Amazing Race” will begin. I’ve always loved this show because it allows me to travel the world and experience various cultures while sitting in my spot on the couch. (I openly admit that, like Sheldon Cooper on “The Big Bang Theory,” I do have my special spot on the couch around which my entire universe revolves.) I’ve loved that show since the very beginning, and I think it would be awesome to be a contestant on it one day.

But as I think about watching this and other reality shows, I realize that my reality is much different. Instead of asking the question to the given answer or scarfing down a huge bowl of cheese while sitting on a Ferris wheel in a faraway country, I’ll be studying for the four tests that I have to take next week. I’ll be reviewing the evolutionary relationships among the central nervous systems of various species, the differences among the different types of biochemical reactions, and the equations related to electric fields. Is this as fun as backpacking on a race around the world? Arguably not. But, eventually, I’ll get somewhere special because of all of this studying, even if that special somewhere is a lab in the middle of the city of St. Louis.

And for those of you who need a quick pick-me-up break from studying, enjoy one of my very favorite guilty-pleasure clips from – you guessed it – “The Amazing Race.”


Alumni Posts

Favorite Time of Year

by Alumni Posts on December 5, 2011

in Academics

The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas has always been my favorite time of year. There are just so many things I love about Christmas time. When I was younger it was that anticipation for getting Christmas gifts, but as I got older the reasons why I loved Christmas changed. I love going shopping for Christmas gifts for people and trying to find the perfect gift for my friends and family, I love making Christmas Cookies, biscotti and bread with my mom and older sister. And I love watching my favorite Christmas movie, A Christmas Carol with my family.

So with final exams coming up I know I need to stay focused so I can enjoy winter break knowing I tried my best on all my exams. Good luck everyone on your exams and have a wonder break!


Coming to an end

by Alumni Posts November 28, 2011

With Thanksgiving break one class and a double shift at work away, I am really beginning to feel the pressure of the end of the semester cooking. I have two papers due the week when I return from break, one speech that week, and another the following. Plus I have two other papers that must […]

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The Return of the Test

by Alumni Posts October 21, 2011

In college, there is nothing dreaded more than exams. They have a way of sneaking up on students. Then, you feel there is no way you can already have a test since you just had a test last week– or what felt like last week! Those last minutes of studying and cramming will hopefully pay […]

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I Can’t Get Away

by Alumni Posts October 3, 2011

Last Wednesday night, I didn’t think I would be alive to see the weekend. My first organic exam was the next morning at eight, and quite frankly, I didn’t think I would survive it. Never have I felt so physically nauseous over an exam before! Part of me felt completely terrified that I would get […]

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One Day More!

by Alumni Posts May 12, 2011

“One more day before the storm…at the barricade of freedom!” For those of you who don’t recognize this line, it’s from one of my all time favorite musicals, “Les Miserables.” I will spare your time by not sharing the details of the three-hour-and-fifteen-minute show and by just saying that the show is great and that […]

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Study Day

by Alumni Posts May 10, 2011

So, question, do any of you actually study on academic study day? Here I am, TRYING to write a paper, and all I can think about is how much I would rather be doing anything else. I’m so close to days filled with sunshine, barbecues, and good friends that I can’t concentrate on anything school-related. […]

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