I'M GRADUATING IN 5 MONTHS!!!
Oh. yes. This is 5 and 1/2 years in the making (don't judge). It took me six majors, four minors, and 18357930 student activities for me to get here. One semester left until I am the first person in my family to have a bachelors degree.
During the coming months I will become a veritable buffet of emotion. As most of my friends can tell you, I'm horrible at dealing with good-byes. I don't even like the "see you next semester" good-byes. In preparation for my intense emotional reaction to good-byes I often get weirder and weirder as the time to say farewell approaches. I'll be writing a lot of letters, inviting everyone out for coffee, and oh yes, there will be tears.
There will be points in the next five months that will feel as slow as a snail dragging its ass in molasses. I will be looking at clocks in long classes and praying to Tiny Baby Jesus that just this once, I could control those two hands with my mind. Getting bored is inevitable. My hope is that I don't allow myself to be bored so often that I can't appreciate the time that I have left here.
My Fall classes (New Media, Creative Non-fiction, and Qualitative Research) should be great. I'm working with some amazing faculty this semester (Rai Peterson, Jill Christman, and Jackie Grutsch-McKinney) and I can't wait to learn a ton from them.
I'll still be involved with Student Voluntary Services, Commuter Ambassadors, and due the great job I've done this summer (their words, not mine), I've been asked to continue my internship with Foundation until I graduate in December. That one made me really happy.
Clearly, I won't be without things to occupy my time, but I want to be more than "occupied". I want to be...engaged.
No, I'm not asking anybody to put a ring on it (though we all know they WANT to). When I say I want to be engaged, I mean that I don't just want to be busy, I want to be actively involved with things I'm passionate about. Luckily, with SVS, Commuter Ambassadors, and the Foundation, all of my obligations are also things I'm passionate about.
I have no excuse to be bored this Fall. These are things I need and want to do:
- Decide where I want to end up (blech)
- Go to class all the time (Read: Most of the time.)
- Make an appointment with my favorite Career Advisor (James Mitchell)
- Update my resume (to be fair, I do this constantly)
- Start applying for jobs in August (don't stop until I get one!)
- Start asking professors & supervisors if they are comfortable being references.
- REALLY enjoy homecoming (I have yet to do this)
- Hang out with people I love as much as possible
- Do fun Fall things I always want to do like picking a pumpkin and going on a hayride
- Sing more karaoke (It's too much fun not to)
- Say good-byes properly (no skulking off to avoid getting emotional)
This needs to be the best Fall semester. Like the Broadway musical divas I love, I have to end on the highest note.