How To Survive A Semester That Sort Of Sucked

How To Survive A Semester That Sort Of Sucked

16 weeks can teach you a lot.
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Last week was the end of final exams, and we are all rejoicing for a summer full of adventure and new experiences! But first, take some time to reflect on this semester. There were times you definitely wished the semester was over, and other times you wanted the semester to just pause because you were having so much fun. As a college sophomore, now junior, here's what I learned from having survived a semester that kind of sucked.

1. Ask for help

This semester was very academically challenging, and club Olin became my new home. I definitely learned a lot, but the classes were harder, and I found myself constantly emailing my professors questions about what we went over in class, essay topics, and project ideas. Don't be afraid to talk to your professors. They love answering your questions, and really make an effort to get to know you.

This past week, I sent one professor three emails in a row asking for help on my thesis, and she responded right away with comments and even asked if I needed help with the rest of the paper.

Even outside of academics, asking for help is key. I had to quickly learn to navigate being in charge of a newer organization because my friend and co-founder was abroad. I am more of a quiet leader, but I stepped up to the plate with the help of my amazing advisors Marissa and Micki in CLCE. Taking on any leadership position always brings new challenges, so ask questions. That's how you learn.

2. Plan ahead

Once the teacher hands us the syllabus, I immediately start writing down paper and project due dates in my planner. This way, if I have two papers due on the same day, I know I will need to work ahead on them to help me in the long run.

I did not have any final exams this semester, but I had four final papers due on Monday, one at 11am and one at noon. In order to preserve my sanity and try to maintain a balanced sleep cycle, I started these papers the week before finals. Although I spent a majority of the morning in club Olin, I turned all my papers in on time and managed to remain a functioning human being.

3. Know your limits

Freshmen year, I ran into the issue of wanting to go out with my friends on Thursday nights, and having an 8am on Fridays. I started not to do as well in the course and I was tired all the time. Luckily, I had no 8am classes this semester, but I definitely know when I am ready for a night out and when I need to sleep.

4. Know your support system

People change all the time, and this semester was one where I learned who my friends were. When the boy you like hooks up with another girl, or when he stops talking to you at all, it is good to know someone who will let you lay on their floor, rant, and offer you advice.

Yes, your mom is always a good option, but when you live out-of-state, having a support system on campus is SO important. Even for the little things like when you are just having a sub-par day for no reason, it is nice to have someone who will let you know that everything will be okay.

So cheers to a semester that taught me a lot, but also kind of sucked too.


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My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

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I Wonder If You'd Be Proud of Me

Or if you even think of me at all.

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I wonder if you'd be proud of me.

My first thought when I wake up in the morning is whether or not you still think of me. I think about if I am wearing the right outfit if I were to see you that day. I think about if I am saying the right thing for you to want to want me again.

Throughout my day, I think about whether or not you're happy. I wonder if the feeling in my heart of missing who I thought you were is making its way to you. Sometimes I think about what I did to make you hate me as much as you do.

Sometimes when things get really hard, I think about picking up the phone to call you. Time keeps passing from the last time I saw you and during that time I've painted a picture of you that would probably only disappoint me in the end. Your phone number still sits in my phone and I go to your contact, wanting to call, but knowing that at the other end is not the person I used to know.

I wonder if you watch me. I wonder if the posts I make, pictures I post, and articles I write are viewed by you and whether or not you care to even search my name. I wonder if you ask people about me or if you care to know the person I am today.

Without you, I have changed. It has been two years and though time will only continue moving on without you, I wonder what would have happened if I didn't make the choices I made to make you react in the way you have.

When the sun shines bright on the flowers blooming around campus, I think of your jokes and sarcastic wit. When the rain pours from the sky and keeps me imprisoned within the walls of a building, I think of ways I felt imprisoned by you. When clouds form shapes in the sky that I can make stories out of, I think of the way life could've been.

Sometimes I write to you. They are the letters I can never send because I have to remind myself that though we knew each other once, you do not know me anymore. The picture in my mind of who you are now is someone who'd love me with open arms, but I know that there's no truth in that. It's only my wishful thinking out to break my heart once more.

I wonder if you hear me when I try talking to you. I wonder if the words I tell God are making their way to you as you go on living the life we always talked about when times get tough. I wonder if you're talking to God about me.

As I watch the sunset, I think about the last moment I was with you. As that chapter ended, I was only wishfully thinking that walking away would save me from further pain. In the end, I don't know about how life would've been different had it not happened.

When my picture of you gets too bright and I share it with others, I am reminded of reality. The screaming, crying, pushing, shoving, and hitting touches my skin once more in the form of flashbacks that push me further down into the depths of a depression. I am reminded of the hundreds of suicidal thoughts and letters that I've written once before.

No matter what, my heart still yearns for a hug. A hug where I can bury myself into your body and feel safe. A hug where I forget every worry in my mind and focus solely on the love.

I wonder if you'd still love me if I changed myself to be the person you've always wanted me to be. I wonder if you'd forgive me for walking away, even if it was for me to change to be a better person. I wonder if you'll ever even read this.

Days like today, I want to go back in time. I sit on the benches around campus and look up at the sky, down at the cars passing by, and listen to life move on all around me as I remain stuck. I hear people talking, see them laughing, and wonder if there's any way I could one day feel as alive as they do.

The truth is that I was never enough for you. No matter how much I changed, kept notes of what you liked so I could be like that, or just kept my head down and moved silently, nothing was ever enough.

No matter what, though, I still yearn to be loved in the way that I picture you should've loved me. Closure does not exist. You were the ones who were supposed to hold me down. But now I am nothing to you...I was always nothing to you.

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