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After a long day of physics, biochemistry, and molecular techniques lab, one of my favorite things to do is return home to my best friend, Cocoa Dixie, to take her for a walk. Being a commuter allows me to do that.

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It’s that week…it comes every semester. I know it all too well. That week just before finals when ALL of your teachers are trying to cram everything in, they’re giving you final papers, presentations, and projects. And they all want it done in such a short amount of time. Panic week.

I decided this blog would be a good way to take a break from all the last minute work to be done and reflect on how far I’ve come this semester…So here goes nothing:

In the matter of two weeks I will be officially 3/8 done with my college career! Since I’m a math geek I have to look at it in fraction form ­čÖé And I have definitely grown over these three semesters, but I especially feel like I have this semester. I am the type of person that hates asking for help, or admitting defeat. I like to work problems out on my own and figure things out by myself. This┬ásemester┬áhas been too tough to rely only on myself. A good lesson to learn from college 101: Make friends with AT LEAST one person in each one of your classes. You need someone you can trust and rely on to give you the notes on your sick days, or your “sick” days. You need someone who you can study with, or who can help you understand the homework better. I can now say that I am friends with my entire physics class because I have sucked it up and gotten the courage to ask for their help with homework and study guides. It really can be a lot easier when explained by peers! In my Calc class I have always had friends who are willing to help, but I have a great teacher who is willing to dedicate her time to help me understand the material, and likes to see her students asking for help.

In the beginning of the semester I would just attempt all of my calculus and physics problems then turn in the homework for partial credit but now I go to my teachers and classmates for help to make sure I fully understand the material and can complete each problem before turning it in. Getting help can really boost your grade! I am glad I learned this lesson relatively early on in my college career…or at least before it was 1/2 way over

Good luck to anyone enduring panic week…and may the odds be ever in your favor for your exams!


This semester I have quite the heavy load! Being a math major is hard work, but at the same time a lot of my classes are really rewarding!

Right now I am in Calculus 2, Physics 1, and Honors Music course, and Philisophical Foundations of Education, as well as an Education course that meets once a week for 3 hours and we also mentor middle school students, and I have to observe in a classroom for 30 hours this semester.

Calc and Physics are a lot of work, and have been really stressing me out lately! I recently took the time to meet with my Calc teacher one-on-one just to talk about how stressed I’ve been and she was a big help to calm me down. The teachers here really do care about you! I am planning to meet with her a lot more because I just had a root canal yesterday and had been getting sick from the week leading up to the root canal because of medicines I was on and what not. And because of all that fun I got a little behind and she has been very understanding and willing to help catch me up.

Also because of my root canal, my observation schedule got a little messed up and I haven’t been able to go as much as I would have liked last week or this week, but the only reason that is stressing me out is because I am student teaching on Friday! The teacher of our EDU class is going to come in and record me teaching seventh graders math! I am nervous and excited at the same time, and depending on when you ask me I may be more nervous or more excited. Overall, this class has been very rewarding! It has certainly showed me that teaching is what I want to do, and it has been a lot of fun getting to work with kids!

My other classes aren’t very stressful at all, they just seem to be when I am stressed out about my all of my major classes. This week for my honors music class I get to go tour the Fox as well as see Les Miserables, so that should be a lot of fun!

Moral of the blog, no matter how much I get stressed, in the end it is all worth it and there is always someone there to listen and help!


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