I don’t really feel like I need to give a recap of my semester. I’ve been throwing tidbits in my blogs throughout the past few months, so I’m sure you know what a different semester I’ve had than the fall 2016 semester (and if not, you can just scroll back through my previous blogs right now!). For all of the stressful and not-so-great moments, however, I feel I have also grown tremendously as a person. I know, I know, I said that at the end of last semester, and I’ll probably say this after every semester in the future. But in a way, I believe that’s part of college — you’re not only expanding your knowledge base and preparing for your future, but you’re also maturing and growing in other areas than education.
I’ve gotten to know a lot more students this semester, particularly fellow dietetics students, because we shared several classes together. I got to experience my first Fontbonne Day of service, which was inspiring and rewarding on so many levels. From a mental and psychological perspective, I was pushed and challenged to do so many things that at the beginning of the semester, I thought were completely impossible. I look back at the post-fall-2016 semester me, or the early-spring-2017 semester me, and I laugh at my naivety. I’ve become more self-confident and responsible. I’ve juggled 18 hours of classes, my beloved house/pet/babysitting (I really do enjoy my work…it’s so fulfilling), commuting, and everything else that goes along with daily life — and I’m emerging from it sleep-deprived and somewhat emotionally exhausted, but still alive and ready for the future challenges that will inevitably crop up!
I’m ready to tackle finals and put this semester behind me. I’m ready to take some summer gen-ed classes. I’m ready to go to the Extreme Mustang Makeover in July in Kentucky and reconnect with my favorite horse people. I’m ready to have time with my horses, Blondie and Pearl. I’m ready to go on our amazing two-week family vacation in August to the East coast. And then I’ll be ready for the fall 2017 semester, full of new classes, new professors, and new challenges, but also full of new memories and new knowledge to add to my ever-expanding base.
Have a WONDERFUL summer, Griffins!
Welcome back to my blog for another week! This week we are talking about SPRING BREAK!!! I don’t know about you guys, but I am more than excited for this week off of school… Now I know a week is not nearly as long or as great as Winter Break, but it’s a nice break from everything that’s a little past the halfway point of the semester.
Now for my Spring Break: I’m not doing anything exciting… I live in O’Fallon, MO, so I get to drive about 30 minutes to my house. Let me tell you, I plan on sleeping a majority of this break. At school, it’s just so busy with everything that I’m involved in and then the homework, there’s not nearly as much free time to sleep as I would like.
But when I’m at home, I also plan on going back to work at my old stomping grounds of Baskin Robbins!!! I’m super excited that I am able to pick up a couple of shifts while I’m at home because I will definitely need to make back some of the money that I missed out on. The school that I work at has their Spring Break this current week (3/13-3/17), so I wasn’t able to work my usual shifts there…and then we have our Spring Break at Fontbonne the week right after them (3/20-3/24), so that’s two full weeks without money and without seeing my favorite kids everyday!! I am going to be going through withdrawals soon! 😭
I also plan on hanging out with my family (obviously since I’ll be at home) while we’re on break because I don’t have the opportunity to go home that often… Since I don’t go home that much my family always gives me trouble about always being at school, so they’ll have to deal with me for a full week.. They’ll probably take back everything they said about wanting me at home! 😉
Well, guys thanks for reading again, and check back in next week for some more to read from me!!
This semester has done one thing that have shifted my college experience, it allowed me to see my passions. Recently, I’ve been sharing many conversations around campus, with best friends, dear friends, and soon to be dear friends in our affiliated student orgs. I’ve begone to open myself up more to outside ideas about what cause of action would be best and if it lines up with my internal guidelines mentioned in my previous blog post. This shift coincided with recent meetings with Christine Keller about my career prospects. I rediscovered my desire and ability to relate and understand people through sharing my struggles with integrity and lack of strong decision-making.
So I like to talk to people, so what? Basically, everyone has at least one person they can let into their world. I chose to focus on my love of conversation because it’s an outlet to release the bottled up stress and pressure of being a college student who is spread far too thin to be healthy in body and spirit. Conversations help me to steady the ship of friendship facades and life goals.
Hi again everyone! This week I am writing to you guys what I am passionate about! It’s easier if I just list it off to you:
- music: I LOVE MUSIC. I can’t tell you when there’s really a time where I’m not listening to music…okay maybe while I’m sleeping or in class, but that’s about it. I love listening. I love singing. I love dancing as well. I just can’t imagine my life without music.
- friends: Here comes the sappy part: I can’t imagine my life without my friends either. They are my world, my everything, and they inspire me everyday. I love each and every one of them, and my life has gotten better because of them.
- food: Food makes me happier than quite a few things, not my friends or my family, but definitely happier than 8 am classes. Snacking is typically a part of my everyday routine, and typically when I’m bored, I order a pizza or find a snack in my room!
- family: Family is what has gotten me where I am today. Without my family, I would not be as successful as I would like to claim to be. I try to keep in contact with a lot of my family while I’m away at school because I don’t think I would be sane without hearing my mom’s voice everyday.
- Buzzfeed quizzes: Now here’s one you might question my passion for, but I swear to you that Buzzfeed quizzes are a large part of my life. Every time I scroll past a quiz on any form of timeline on social media, I have to take it. It’s like an a temptation of mine. I cannot scroll past a quiz and not take it, no matter how stupid. If it was a quiz where I learn what type of bread I am, you know I already took that quiz!
Thanks guys for learning about what I’m passionate about! 🙈