I’m sitting at my usual desk in the library, the same desk where I wrote the first post I made for this semester, about to finish up the last week of classes of spring 2014. Brace yourself for the cliche but… The semester went by so quickly! I can’t believe we’re at the end of another fun, unpredictable and amazing semester at Penn State.
Here are some of my highlights from this past spring:
I think this would be close to the top of everyone’s list, but I had an amazing time at THON this year. I spent a lot of time on the floor supporting my friend who danced, got no sleep, ate a ton of granola bars, and introduced some friends to the magical weekend that is THON.
I’m going to be honest, I was a little unsure of my class schedule at the beginning of the year. I was pleasantly surprised, however, as I really enjoyed some of the classes I was most concerned about. My feature writing class became one of the best writing courses I’ve taken at Penn State and I really feel like I am walking away a better journalist. In my sports/ethics in literature class, I read intriguing pieces of literature I never would have been exposed to otherwise and our discussions still linger in my mind as I watch sports and read sports coverage. It’s a testament to the quality of professors you learn from here at Penn State who are so passionate about what they teach that the class will leave an impression on you far past inside the classroom. Each semester I feel like I have a new favorite professor to add onto my list!
I spent many, many days this semester reorganizing my apartment. This sounds a little trivial, but there is no better satisfaction then walking into my clean apartment knowing everything has a designated place. As a college student, you attract clutter and seldom have time to put everything away. (To be honest, a lot of it isn’t worth your time. That free frisbee you picked up? Not necessary. The free sunglasses? You already have a pair. Save yourself the space in your closet.) I am going to move out of my apartment in the near future and it’s going to make it so much easier to pack up and move on. Getting rid of the chaotic mess also creates an easier learning environment. After all, if my apartment is clean, I can’t procrastinate doing my homework by picking up my room!
4. New Opportunities
As you get close to the end of your college career, the looming idea that you have to be an adult rests heavily on your shoulders. The real world is rapidly approaching whether you’re ready or not. I feel like I’ve been on a roller coaster of emotions towards my career and life after Penn State. For a while during the middle of the semester, I was pretty close to an emotional breakdown every time someone asked me, “So do you want to do with your life?” Fortunately things started looking up and there are a few opportunities that will (cross your fingers) pan out. To answer the question though, I still have no idea what I want to do. But at least there are steps to getting to an answer! My professors have been so willing to help me or even offer their own advice and or suggest me for things they see as a fit. Everyone at Penn State wants each student to be successful and anytime I’ve looked for help as I face the “real world,” someone here has helped me or even listened to me rant a little bit.
5. Sleep (well, sort of…)
This was the first semester ever that I didn’t pull any all-nighters. I’m kind of famous for staying up all night to get work done but it really does take a toll on your mind as you keep going the rest of the week. I was organized this semester and had to be really smart about how I used my time since I was crazy busy. I also spent the most time in the library then I ever have before and I really think that being in a designated, distraction-free, study zone helped me use time effectively.
As I finish the end of this semester, the big date is tomorrow for the class of 2018. May 1st! Tomorrow is the last day to make your decisions if you haven’t already. Here’s one last pitch:
Penn State is the best place on earth to study, have fun, and work towards a strong future, even if the path isn’t visible yet. There are so many opportunities here and people who want to see you reach your goal. It’s also a pretty fun place to be, in case you haven’t noticed! Happy Valley wants you!