September 5, 2019No Comments

Life check in

Now that we've entered the month of September, I can officially say I've made it through a year of college and a summer of hard work. Looking back at it all, I can confidently say I'm the happiest I've ever been. Say it louder for the people in the back!

I had my doubts when I first began college because staying in state felt like taking the easy route and signing myself up for a long ride on the lazy river where all the lazies slump and slouch in their Lay-Z-Boy chairs. Yeah, I'm dramatic, okay? Sue me. If I knew myself at all, I would've realized this lazy nightmare I had dreamed up shouldn't have been a concern because "easy route" simply doesn't exist in my vocabulary. I haven't lived a day in my life where I haven't pushed myself to do better or find the next best thing. I'm a go, go, go kinda gal. You'll never find me sitting still for too long or waiting around for things to come to me because that's simply not who I am. I'm a go getter and plan on "going" and "getting" no matter what state, country, or continent I may find myself in (or on). Right now, that place is the University of Oregon where I just finished up my prerequisites and applied to be a full major advertising student. I'm learning coding, design, german, and a whole lot more and I couldn't be happier to be immersed in it all.

This year, I made incredible new friends who I love dearly and hope to treasure for all of eternity (in a non-creepy way), experienced all that college has had to offer me thus far, and worked a summer job that filled my soul to the brim. At Camp Yakety Yak, I spent my summer surrounded by people who know the true meaning of giving and with kids who filled my days with smiles and laughter. Working at CYY gave me a whole new appreciation for educators and made me realize the importance of special needs programs in schools. Everyone deserves the opportunity to be in community with people their age and to learn in whatever capacity they are capable. None of this is possible without the selfless, yet much too small group of people who choose to give their time and energy to this incredible group of kids. At camp we offer these kids a home and a safe space to express themselves, something that I wish they had year-round. I've always had a passion for teaching and this summer that passion has expanded to special education and language development and communication. This is something I hope to pursue more in my own time and on a small scale at the UO. Though some choose to fill their summers with relaxation and recuperation, I wouldn't have liked to spend mine any other way.

As the warm weather comes to an end and summer says goodbye, a new year of learning and personal growth is about to begin. Though my summer days have been far from boring, the prospect of a new school year ahead gets me excited. Starting college back up means reconnecting with all my friends, moving into my new apartment, GaMe dAyZ, and getting closer to becoming an expert in something or other. The start of a new school year also means the beginning of a new bullet journal season. If you didn't jump up and down at that fact you've given the wrong response. Bullet journaling is another one of my many passions only this one I pursue on a day to day basis. I've decided to try my teaching and creative talents by making a bullet journaling guide which you can look forward to in future posts. Though my blog is one exemplification of myself, my bullet journal is yet another, one that I can't wait to share with you.

Congratulation, you've made it through another post with moi. You deserve a prize really.

Until next time, kales

December 6, 2018No Comments

Surprise! I survived my first term of college.

You thought you'd seen the last of me but oh no no no. I'm back and better than ever. 

It's the second day of Winter Break and I'm sitting in Maplewood Coffee & Tea, forcing myself to write. One matcha green tea latte down and the caffeine is propelling me toward writing fame. Or it's causing me to uncontrollably spew the random words that come into my head. That could be it. Either way, you're along for the ride. 

So I'm sure you're wondering how I'm doing after my first term of college at the University of Oregon. Well, I'm here to tell you that I'm splendid with a capital S. I made it through my first set of midterms and finals without shedding a single tear. Did I break down once because my four-year college plan began falling apart before my eyes? Yes. But that's just because I'm an obsessive planner that needs to take a chill pill sometimes and just let things happen. Did I ever consider dropping out? Nope. Well maybe once. But just because I considered moving to Germany and going to school for free. I mean who wouldn't consider that?

I discovered that when you first start college you don't really know what the difference between taking 12 credits, 15 credits, and 18 credits is. You just choose some classes that count toward graduation, interest you and maybe relate to what you're going to do for the rest of your life (wow, way to stress us out I mean jeez) and hope for the best.  I settled on 15 credits which is somewhat below average since the recommended amount is 16. I figured I'd go easy on myself since it was my first term after all. On the one hand, this truly was a smart decision but on the other, I WAS SO BORED.

15 credits is a decent amount of work that should be substantially difficult but the types of classes also matter. Only one out of my five courses actually ended up being challenging and that was my honors ethics class which I loved. I mean how was I, a first-time college student supposed to know that Business 101 is a total bore? Let me tell you, I sure learned.

Incase you were wondering, the other classes I took were German 201, Media Professions, and Media Representations of Sexuality. You'll have to wait for another post to get a full review of each course. 

So back to being bored...as you may or may not know I'm a major busy body and I don't do well with sitting around. I make to-do lists and if my lists aren't an acceptable length, I begin to worry what I'm forgetting and what I should be doing and what I should add because there just isn't enough going on. Am I a stressful person? Yes, probably. 

Since my time wasn't constantly filled with studying and homework I began to...write emails! How exciting I know. I paid close attention to the UO weekly bulletin and constantly reached out to professors who were leading or hosting things I was interested in. I sat in on an upper division marketing class, met with some of the German department staff to practice my German, and even applied to be a UO Ambassador, something I've always wanted to do. I'm still waiting to hear back on that. 

Overall, not being constantly occupied by my classes ended up being good because it forced me out of my comfort zone. I met new, interesting people and tried to get involved in things I'd never done before. Being unsuccessful in finding activities to occupy all my time was one of the most frustrating parts of my first term. I've had to focus on settling down and realize things take time to develop and relationships need more than 10 weeks to form.

It's tiring to always be on the move but it's something I've become accustomed to doing specifically since my exchange. I'm trying to remember that I don't always need to be moving toward the next thing. It's a constant work in progress for me but something I'm really trying to accomplish as I move forward in college and life. I think feeling the pressure to be productive is something that most people feel at one time or another which is why I felt called to share my experience with it. 

A final note to take away from all this is something my dad just happened to mention tonight (fate amiright). He said that sometimes there are more valuable things in life than being productive. Wow, just take a moment. Read it again maybe? So simple yet so...deep. What I got from his point is that stopping and sharing an experience with someone can be worth so much more than a professional advancement. The pressure is always on to make the next great thing happen but sometimes we should direct our attention to other things. The sooner we stop and realize productivity isn't everything, the sooner we'll start making the most out life.

Thanks for getting deep with me.

Catch you next time,

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