Remember to breath

Well it’s that time of the semester again, everyone’s favorite week or weeks…finals week dun dun duuuuun.  Yeah I know it’s not my favorite either, they might as well just label it as “freak out week” (not even just for students but professors as well! ).   I just wanted to take the time to remind everyone that you can do it.  Take your time to hash out a study plan, don’t try to take everything in at once.  Sit back, breath, walk away from the notes and practice exams for a couple minutes if you need to.  I have faith in you guys 🙂 you can do it, no matter what scary final you might be facing.  I’m personally sitting and studying for my organic chemistry final right now, and boy can I tell you guys it scares me to death!  But at the same time I know that all I can do is study and do my best, usually these things turn out better than we expect 🙂  For those of you like me tackling an orgo final I highly recommend checking around youtube for video tutorials of the subjects you’re stuck on, those helped me out a lot over the semester and it’s a great way to revisit lectures you really can’t go back to.  Heck no matter what subject you’re in I’d look around and see what’s out there.

Good luck you guys! you can do it!

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That time again

Oh boy happy days are here, or rather school has begun again.  For this fall semester I’ve elected to only give myself Physics and Organic Chemistry to retake…because one I had to drop and the other I failed/barely passed with a D/understood nothing all semester.  Hahaha….so yeah I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a teeny bit terrified of how this semester is going to shape up.  BUT if Calc last semester has taught me anything, it’s that extra credit saves my butt-no wait that’s not it!  It’s that practice problems and dedication CAN get me through some of the classes I dread the most.  I mean I spent years being terrified of the idea of Calculus and I passed that sucker with a B! I really cracked down and dedicated the later part of the semester to practice problems and that got me through.  So I’d like to think I can take the same approach with Physics especially.  Though I want to get a much earlier jump on things.  Organic Chemistry is still a bit up in the air right now so my plan of attack is more vague, but again I know I need to dedicate myself to memorizing certain things ahead of time so I can make it through.

 

Wish me luck guys!  And here’s to you all getting through the things that terrify you this fall!  Make a plan of attack and stick to it, we can do it!  Don’t let the fear of failure keep you from reaching your goals guys, I have all the faith in the world in all of you!  No matter what your challenge is, big or small, don’t ever count yourself out.  I know sometimes it hurts when you’ve worked really hard and things don’t quite work out, but that doesn’t mean they never will!  Keep at it, keep fighting!  Because even if things don’t work out perfectly the first time, I guarantee you’ll learn something valuable for the next 🙂 

Sometimes you just feel…stuck

I suppose I’ve just been feeling a bit….stuck lately.  A lot of people I know are now at the point of wrapping up at the very least their bachelors degrees in college, or going out and traveling somewhere (My cousin traveled abroad recently for studying, and my brother in law has traveled around for work).  And I’m just kind of sitting here…with no real idea of when I’m going to be finished with my degree.  My grades haven’t been stellar the past couple of semesters because I’ve tried to take on too much to get done quicker…bad idea :/  My best estimate is MAYBE I can be done in about a year and half, I know it can’t be any sooner than that because I have to take two semesters worth of Organic Chemistry and Physics, and THEN I have to take freaking Organic chemistry lab.  Uggh, goodie.  This is all of course hinging on the fact that I don’t fail either again (Ok technically I didn’t fail physics, I dropped it but…I was getting pretty dangerously close).  I honestly just wish I had some clearer idea of when I’m going to be done…I might take a spring class or two to help me out with that…in the fall I’m looking at Orgo, Physics, and maybe MAYBE  some kind of writing class to get me more of my “upper level non biology related” credits…we’ll see.  I know deep down, that it really doesn’t matter that I’m on year five and will at least be going into year six of my Bachelors degree…I know that there’s nothing wrong with taking my time through all this.  I think I really just have a nasty case of senior-itis right now and I’m just getting tired of being…well tired XD  I want to travel or go do…something!  I’ve been feeling too static, too stressed, I need something new beyond the daily grind of school and trying to find time for art in the cracks of time I have.  I need to NOT be worrying about Vet school and if I’m going to have the grades to get in.  

Mom and I have been talking about maybe going on a weekend trip to Chicago over my “spring” break, though she’s also going with my Aunt to Florida a week after that, so I don’t know if that’s going to actually happen or not.  If not I’m taking myself to frigging Tawas for a couple days XD Tawas isn’t exactly new to me, but I always enjoy going and right now I really don’t have the money to take a trip out of state to visit friends as much as I’d like to (probably won’t be back to work until April :c *sigh* ) My short adventure to Grand Rapids definitely helped, but it needed to be longer xD So yeah…some kind of traveling needs to happen I think.

On the plus side!  This semester of school has been going MUCH better than my last.  I’m working as a Teaching assistant for my professor who is also a fellow Dresden fan (and we both nerd out over other things together too) so it’s been pretty enjoyable so far! I’ve done some research for her over the summer as well, following Grey Catbirds, and at least if I’m stuck on campus at least another year I can continue to do research and things with her, so that’s a nice bonus.  Calculus is not my favorite class, but I got a good professor who gives lots of extra points, so it seems possible for me to pass right now.  

I think I just need to give myself a little adventure and I’ll be feeling a LOT better, and “spring” break starts February 23rd, so hopefully soon I can!  I just need to break out of this senior-itis and not worry so much.  I’ve got a goal in mind and I’m going to keep pushing my way through until I get to it, I can’t let my struggles trip me up, or dwell on my setbacks.  I’ve come this far I’m sure as heck not stopping now.  I just have to take a little time to refresh myself, reorganize where I’m at, and keep powering through.