I don’t think I’ve ever been this happy with a Monday…. only because today is my LAST final. I’m officially done with this semester y’all. Tears of joy! With that being said, I thought I’d recap this semester and chat about what I’ve learned, done, and want to improve for next semester!
Fall 2016 semester was one to remember… and not in quite the best way. This semester was extremely draining, but rewarding. To give y’all a low down… I took 18 hours. I’m on a track to graduate a year early so this past semester I had to take 18 hours. It wasn’t that bad some weeks, and other weeks I was a total mental breakdown mess. Six classes in high school is nothing compared to holding a load of six classes in college. Although, it’s been so rewarding to say I accomplished a semester of 18 hours, working 20-30 hours a week on this blog, a position on program council for my sorority, and keeping up with my boyfriend and close friends. It’s been a challenge for the books.
I feel like each semester I learn much more about myself as a person, as a friend, and as a student. I really enjoy looking back and seeing how I’ve grown as a person in the last four months. Thank y’all for following along this whole semester. I only have three more semesters of college left…crazy right!? I still feel like I just got here.
Despite the fact I was always at home and head in the books, I still had some pretty amazing opportunities, memories, and fun experiences.
Things I’ve learned from this semester:
The biggest and most important thing I learned this semester was it’s ok to stay in. It’s okay to actually care and focus about your school, as it leads to your future. My first year of college was crazy. It was
too so so so much fun, but so crazy. I’ve expressed multiple times through this blog that I’m an introvert. Every few years though, I will go through what I call my ‘extrovert’ stages. LOL. Freshman year I was a little outgoing, fun girl. I talked to anyone and everyone and was out every night. This year, I’ve returned back to my shell. I actually love it though. It’s where I feel the most myself and happy. I’ve learned that it’s ok to be like that. I don’t need to be an extrovert. I find happiness with my close friends, incredible boyfriend, church, and time to myself. I rarely go out, and really hate being away from my college home. I’ve seen huge changes within what I’m comfortable with semester and it’s nice that it has all become really clear.
I’ve also learned how to balance. I think my girlfriends, family, and boyfriend can all attest to this. In the beginning of the semester, I was extremely overwhelmed. I didn’t know how to handle my blog, 18 hours of school, and being a present friend and girlfriend. I came home in tears everyday and called my mom 3x a day about it. I was all over the place and had no idea how to manage my schedule. With the OCD in me. I’m a VERY planned, organized person. So, when I was thrown into such a crazy schedule this semester and no idea how to deal with it, I panicked. With the help of breathing, prayers, and patient loved ones, I figured it out. I learned how to work best under pressure, and organize everything by having time blocks for certain categories each day. Although, I threw out sleep, (seriously, I never slept.) I was calm and happy to have learned how to deal with a crazy, heavy load.
Things I want to improve next semester:
What I mostly want to improve next semester is my study habits. I have GOT to get a better way. (Any suggestions, let me know in the comments!!) I want to improve the way I study and for how long I study. Only a few weeks ago, I started breaking things up and studying multiple days in advance for a test. I want to get better at that next semester. For a girl who used to study the night before or day-of for a test, I’ve seen huge changes in breaking it up multiple days before an exam.
Lastly, this isn’t exactly something I need to improve on, but something I want to continue. My schedule. I realized having multiple “jobs” and heavy work loads lead to serious anxiety. I figured out how to balance it all, but I want to continue that next semester. I already have a part time job, 16 hours of school, practically full time job of my blog, and executive council position for my sorority all lined up for the spring. It’s going to again, be a lot. But I know I can do it. I like to be busy, and personally I don’t think I could ever be “too” busy. I just have to know how to balance it.
This semester was fabulous and there are so many great things lined up school and blog wise for Spring. Thank y’all for following all of this semester’s adventures, praises, complaints, and happy memories. I’m constantly so thankful for this blog and my readers. Wishing y’all a very blessed Monday. xoxo