Holy crap, I only have one semester left of college….WHUT?! What happened to the time?! *Commence panic mode*….
No but for real, I cannot believe that I am going to graduate in what I know will be a short five months and then move to another part of the country (more on that later..). This first semester was a whirlwind with everything I had on my plate and to be 100% honest with you, I’m really happy it is over. My first semester of this year was by far one of the hardest in my entire time in college and I was not ready for it. I feel like I learned a lot but I also faced a lot of challenges this semester. Let me give you a lil’ review.
By far the biggest thing that consumed my first semester was student teaching. As many of you who follow me on Instagram already know, I spent all of first semester working in an amazing first grade classroom. My students were incredible and they taught me more than I ever learned in a standard classroom setting. I will forever remember them as “my kids” and I am eternally grateful for them and my cooperating teacher (who was literally, the bomb). Now that being said, it was not an easy ride. If I was not at school, in class, or working, I was prepping, planning, and organizing to teach. All semester I was told that people never saw me and that’s because they didn’t. I was alway working my butt off prepping for school that it consumed my life. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it, but it wasn’t something I was ready for. I learned a lot, laughed a lot, and truly came out feeling like I had grown so much from where I was at the beginning of the semester. For that, I am grateful for the kids of room 105.
Boy oh boy, sorority life. This isn’t something I talk about very much anymore but that doesn’t mean I don’t still love it. My sorority was a major part of my first semester. As a member of my chapter’s exec team, I was constantly involved in meetings, organizing things, and participating in events. I was constantly on the move because of my sorority. Being on exec for my sorority was another one of those things that made me super busy but also really proud of myself because I was able to prove to myself that I could handle it all. This might be a not so healthy mindset, but I like to push myself to see how far I can go. Now, doing so definitely backfires on me sometimes, but when I succeed in getting it all done, I am left with such a sense of satisfaction and pride. Being on exec and involved, on top of everything else, proved to me that I could handle it and it left me stronger because of it.
This semester also lent itself to a lot of self growth. As you all probably know, I have changed my lifestyle around a little to have more of a focus on wellness and the well-being of myself. I have invested in a diffuser, given up dairy, and have fallen back in love with yoga. My phone has two meditation apps on it now–even though I might not use them every day (still working on that one). On top of that, I have really tried to be a more understanding, thoughtful person. This semester has taught me to be more in-tune with what I need both physically and mentally. As a result, I have become a more relaxed, honest, positive human. All of these things in my life have helped me to get here, but taking the time to focus on myself and what I need to has been revolutionary for my overall wellness.
I’m not joking when I say this semester kicked my butt. It was hard, challenging, and I always found myself grateful that it was Friday. But you know what else I found myself feeling? Strength I didn’t know I had. I found myself stronger and grown from this semester. I feel ready and prepared to take on next semester which will be a whole other beast of its own (hello applying for jobs!), but I am ready for it. So to first semester, thanks. Thanks for making me stronger, smarter, and ready for another one.