Is now the appropriate time to use Michael Keaton's infamous line from Beetlejuice: "It's showtime"? Asking for a friend...Anyway, I feel like someone has just fired a gun and I began the long marathon of what will be senior year. Strangely enough, I am probably the only one on campus excited to be back for the last round. It has been a long time coming.
In my luxury of experiencing summer classes at a larger institution, I forgot just how massive the student body is at this place. Over the summer, I passed few people. Now, I feel like I am commuting along the sidewalks of NYC on an early Monday morning. (Disclaimer: I have never been to NYC, this is my movie-going experience speaking.) There are that many people transitioning from class to class at my university.
So, this was my first week. I was excited to be back, to be in my groove. Yet, while the gun has been fired and my race has started, I got off to a rocky start. I spent my entire summer working on data for my research project only to find out yesterday that I formatted it wrong. That was not what I wanted to hear. That is how you ruin an otherwise nice week.
The reason why I waited to post this later than usual was due to a meeting I had with the professor who revealed that it was formatted wrong. I wanted to make sure I had all the facts right before disclosing them. Apparently, what I believed to be a major problem that day in class, was only a minor error that can be changed with the addition of formulas. This setback will cost me a few weeks (because I must find time), and I am not too pleased. However, maybe I should have asked before embarking upon the data myself. And yet, despite all the drama, I am thankful that it was only minor.
I have learned in life that we do not always get what we want. And, sometimes, that is okay. Unfortunately, my application was not chosen for an interview with the director of the student conduct board at my current university (I think I mentioned my application last week.). However, in the wake of the closed door metaphor, another opportunity, if successful, would be even more amazing. My professor and I discussed the possibility of me serving as an unpaid TA for an American government class. (Ummm, that would be incredible.) It would be me doing basic things like taking attendance, passing out papers, etc. etc. I would not grade papers considering I am still an undergraduate, but it would look smashing on a C.V. The opportunity, however, is determinant by instructor. I have to ask permission. So, we shall see how this opportunity fairs.
This weekend, I am drafting personal statements for grad school, reading for class, and studying for the GRE. Eventful, but uneventful at the same time. Also, if you are not busy, here are all the wonderful photos from the Perseid Meteor Shower. Did you watch? I tried to from my apartment window, but I saw none, even at midnight! I was bummed out, but maybe one day, I can actually witness it. with no city or apartment lights around, haha! Have a lovely weekend!