It was the Friday post that never came! Truly, I have a viable explanation. My hometown house (Sorry, although weird, that's the only way to describe it.) has slow internet, so even attempting to operate a laptop under such conditions takes FOREVER. However, there is good news to that nightmare. We are getting a faster internet provider, and it will be installed this week...How coincidental, right? Ok, with my most sincere and regretful explanation covered, it is time to get to the heart of this week's news. Prepare yourself, this is not a short story. This is more like a full-length novel.
First, I had every intention of writing a semester review on Fall 2017. I did, but again, internet. So, without further ado, here are my thoughts on Fall 2017 of my junior year. I have completed my first semester at Georgia Southern. A stressful and exhilarating four months are down, so excuse me while I sigh in relief. I worked my tush off, and I can confidently say that it paid off. I finished the semester with all A's! To top it off, I was admitted into the honors program! Again, forgive me while I sigh in relief and fist pump the air! I needed a nice pick-me-up by the end of the semester because I have literally experienced every emotion in the book. So, whew! Yay! With this hurdle behind me, I have had the opportunity to reflect on last semester's pros and cons.
For pros, I do not know how I did it, but I acclimated well in a short amount of time on a large campus. For pros, I am thankful that I set time aside to be a spectator at a few sporting events because I needed to step away from reading theories, writing papers, and memorizing facts. For pros, I surprised myself at how well I coped under extreme stress, given the logistics of things that did occur, academically and non-academically. For pros, I am thankful that I joined the Political Science Club. It was out of my social comfort zone, but it was worth it.
For cons, I am going to have to buy a planner and physically use it. Every. Single. Day. Luckily, I bought a planner for Christmas. Organizing on planners is healthy, but the hard part will be remembering to use it. For cons, I should have started several of my assignments earlier, to make use of time. For cons, I should have taken more time for myself, quick-second breathers. Again, time management. For cons, I should have personally selected my classes, even though I was a transfer junior. (Lesson definitely learned. Trust me.) Next semester, I plan to enact a few changes that will have major impacts. Funny thing, the next semester starts tomorrow. Which brings me to...
Let me repeat myself. Next semester starts tomorrow. Where. Did. Time. Go? Three things are good with being back in Statesboro. One, no more binging on snacks. Two, I have access to quality internet. Three, I am back in the swing of being more productive than usual. One oddity that is apparent: I am not as nervous as I was last semester. Strange, right? Maybe I need to wait until tomorrow before I boast of today's feeling.
PS. You were not imagining the top photo. It snowed in South Georgia this week, and it was so soft and pretty to watch and feel. Snow, it has been too long. Six years (I think) too long.