Yes, it’s another V-Log

This one is from yesterday when I was walking back across campus after class because that was really the only time I had to do anything. It was an interesting experience – very freeing because you really can’t be self-conscious in order to do this. At any rate, here I am, in all my cross-campus-glory! […]

Mental Health/General Update: 2.18.17

Friends;

I am tired. You don’t understand how exhausting it is to be this close to graduation… but not graduated.

“Never-ending” to-do lists of years past have become a joke to me at this point and I really hope that over this break I’ll be able to reorient myself and figure out what all I actually need to get done.

Best wishes to you all, and I hope this semester isn’t kicking all of you down.

-Julie

Preparing for a New Semester

As I write this, I’m sick, in bed, and trying to muster up the strength to get as far ahead in my work as possible so I have less to do tomorrow. And part of the getting ahead is writing a blog post so that’s one less thing to worry about!

This post happens to be about preparation and planning, which, conveniently enough, is also the topic of my program tomorrow. At least among my friends and staff, I’ve gotten a bit of a reputation as one of the most organized people around. I’m not upset by this, though I find it funny sometimes because internally I’m a mess – I think that’s why externally I’m so put together. But I’m not a psychologist, so who knows. 

Anyway! My planning process: it’s very organic and kind of just happens, but there are a few things I always do before a new semester:

1. Gather my supplies, which this semester included recovering some old notebooks to repurpose for new classes (a great way to make something fit your style and not spend a bunch of money!) 

2. Set up my planner. Currently I’m using a bullet journal, which is a DIY planner, so it takes a little more effort than a traditional one. But the end effect is so much better for me. 

3. Transfer any notes that I’ll need still/review information. This is especially important with my Latin 102 class as it’s the second half of the class I took last semester and we’re starting up right where we left off! So I prepped by rewriting Vocab and reviewing the grammar (the hardest part)


And that’s it! Well, not really, but that’s the basis of how I get ready for a new semester with some nice pictures of what I’ve done so far. And now I’m going to go do another vital part of preparing for a new semester, which is rest so I can hopefully not feel sick in the morning. 

Best wishes to you all!

Julie

My Last First Day

I still remember the pure joy that came from my last first day of high school. It was like the entire school was buzzing because my grade knew that after that day, we were done with that whole coming back to the same classrooms, and hallways, and people after every summer. In a year, we would be across the country, in different classrooms, walking down different hallways, with different people. It was all anyone could talk about, everyone was Facebook and tweeting it, (was snapchat a thing then? not really that I can remember – not yet! but if it was, we would have been snapping it too). It felt like the beginning of the rest of my life, this pinnacle of a day that I’d been waiting for forever.

My last first day of college is a lot quieter. Because it isn’t everyone’s last first day and it isn’t that it doesn’t matter, (because it very much does and believe me, I was just as excited to wake up this morning as I was four and a half years ago) it’s that it doesn’t matter as much as graduation will. Because graduation, the culmination of my hard work, tears, late nights, stress, heartbreak, the last four years of my life, that is what I’m looking forward to more now.

Academically, high school was easy for me. I wasn’t challenged, I was lazy, I didn’t push myself, and my diploma was just a piece of paper that I didn’t really work for, (at least that’s how it feels). I have worked, I have put in the hours, I have stretched myself beyond what I thought possible, for my undergraduate degree. And you bet, I will be so unbelievably proud to receive it, (sometime this summer once they’ve officially approved me for graduation because no one actually gets it in April lol).

So my last first day, while special, signals the start of more work, not less. I didn’t want to skate by my senior year, I didn’t want easy semesters, I wanted to keep pushing and that’s what I’ll do because I am so grateful for every second I get to spend in the classroom with people infinitely wiser than I am. This day is a little bittersweet in that respect, but thankfully next fall I should be in the classroom once again – for my graduate degree, this time.

I hope you all had wonderful first days, (or will have great ones when they happen) and I am so excited to be a part of the class of 2017.

Julie

So it’s Been Awhile (V-Log 12.6.16)

Hello friends!

So this blog has been on the backburner for the past few months, and I really am sorry about that because it isn’t something I want to stop doing as I enjoy it a lot. But life has been incredibly hectic with NANOWRIMO, (which I finished!!) scrambling to make sure everything gets done for my grad school applications, (easier said than done) and finishing this second-to-last-semester of undergrad as strongly as possible.

That being said, with finals and then break coming up, I should have a lot more time to write and share with you all and I’m really looking forward to it! In the meantime, please enjoy this v-log!

Julie

P.S. yes I did cut off all my hair and I love it!

Grad School Update;

So just to keep everyone in the loop, I am still in the process of applying for grad school. I am applying to three different schools, Salem State University, the University of Vermont, and the University of Connecticut all for the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program. It’s a two year program that focuses on the history, issues, and general overview of HESA in the U.S.

I definitely found the inspiration and interest in this program and the different career paths it can lead to through working in Residence Life, so it’s kind of cool that it has had such a huge impact on my life. Don’t get me wrong though, I definitely still want to teach literature.

It’s kind of a terrifying but still really exciting process – though I can say as of right now my biggest piece of advice to anyone thinking about going through the graduate school application process while still in their undergrad – start early. I started early, and I still feel overwhelmed, so. But I can say that as of last Saturday, (10.29) I officially submitted my application to SSU and once my transcript, letters of recommendation, and all that are in, I will be under consideration.

It’s so wild that this is really my life right now, but it’s also such a great feeling to be really taking hold of something that I want and going for it. That being said, I do have two applications to finish, so you’ll catch me working to finish those by the mid-November point.

-Julie