I think I mentioned in December that I pre-planned my weeks out for this blog during the month of September. In other words, I attached pictures to weeks, but I left the content segment of each post blank. It was in December that I realized that I had attached a picture of my hometown, and it was ironic because I was going home for winter break that week. Well, I have done it again! This week Sweetheart Circle, one of the more scenic aspects of the campus, was attached to Week Twenty. How ironic! Again, I had no prior knowledge that the math would work out this way. In fact, the math was probably helped given I did not post on Thanksgiving Break. Regardless, what a coincidence!
Classes are back in session this week, and while I feel confident, a watered-down version of anxiety is tapping on the back door. I will probably sound hideously ancient, BUT this may be useful to someone who is considering this major: If you are majoring in political science, PREPARE TO PARTICIPATE. At Georgia Southern, you are graded on it. Literally, the participation segments of my syllabi, under the grading policies, are upwards of 25%. That is insane, but probably not surprising. Politics are generally made for speakers or verbal advocates. For that to exist, one has to share their opinion or contribute to the conversation. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of this week: I am taking an online Spanish class that requires me to video chat the instructor...weekly for an hour. Anxiety will definitely be a frequent guest when managing this class. Speaking is not my jam, but neither is receiving a poor grade. So, guess who will be making some noise this semester? This girl.
Beyond the participation requirements, this semester is a bit more challenging than last semester. I will be doing more reading than usual, and I can confidently say that I have read at least two-hundred pages in the past four days. Jealous? While the numerical value is not gigantic and more like a single-day-novel, the content is what will be challenging. Reading from textbooks and journal articles is not like reading a novel. Your mind does not convert the descriptions of characters and settings into a movie-like display. In contrast, you end up developing more questions (and making a terms-to-search list) about the material or you find that the theory/argument is ill-conceived. In many instances, you read things after your receptors transmit an absurd or confusing idea. That is why two-hundred pages is like a thousand. It is two-hundred pages of complexity and explanation.
The next block in this post is an outlier given last week's mishap, but I consider it relevant. I drafted my New Year's Resolutions in early December, and as I review what I intended to happen, I have already pinpointed a few slips...
1. Volunteer more. I cannot emphasize this enough for this year. Meet new characters and do for other characters. That is the goal.
2. Be more self-aware. This is a multi-fold action that is almost difficult to describe. Self-awareness is about knowing who you are or becoming aware of who you are. In that regard, I think it is time for me to listen to myself more, and I think that recognizing my strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, and talents and missteps is important in determining life after college. Or, post-undergrad studies. Yes, you guessed it, I have dove back into the trenches of not knowing what it is I want to be. However, it will be law school or grad school. That I do know.
3. Practice kindness. This is a no-brainer, a year-after-year resolution.
4. Be more adventurous. This needs to happen, but how it will happen, I cannot quite figure out.
5. Make good use of my planner. I think I earned a self-awareness star this week. I am aware that I am not a planner kind-of-girl. I am a sticky note kind-of-girl. I am a sticky note kind-of-girl that posts sticky notes in my car, my bedroom wall, and my laptop screen. And...it works for me...It works better for me.
6. Divorce myself from soft drinks and tea...I.E. Anything with caffeine. Just say no. Fortunately, I am not a coffee-drinker, so that is not my problem. For my senior year of high school (2015-2016), I was a member of a youth advisory board for the local hospital. There, in one of the many medical presentations, the impacts of caffeinated drinks on the body were discussed, and let us just say that I have severely limited my consumption of caffeinated beverages. However, about every few weeks, I did indulge in a caffeinated beverage. This year, I want to annihilate them from my diet. No more Sonic Cherry Limeades for me.
7. Eat better. This might be the toughest challenge considering that I am a college student, but I am willing to exert some effort and research new recipes.
I am aiming for a productive and revealing year, and it is my hope that setting these resolutions aids in making that year possible. Cheers to the New Year and to everyone thinking of slipping on their goals. We can do this.