Well this is it — finals week. I can finally say that in one week from this very moment in time, I will be home in Long Island doing absolutely nothing! I cannot wait. My first two finals are Friday, with two more that following Monday and my final exam is on Tuesday.
This semester, I have accomplished a lot that I would have never thought I could accomplish. Last semester I was very bored all the time. I had an easy schedule, and all I did was go to class, eat, and nap. That is why I applied for so many positions, and to my surprise I got most of them. I realized after the fact: am I going to be able to handle all of this? When I am not doing my core classes (which are all upperdivision 300/400 classes besides one) I will be with my Mentees working. When I am not with them, I will be at staff meetings, one-on-one meetings, and such. I also was going to be on the Executive Board for the National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association, which I had no idea what I would be in for since it was my first semester in that club. A lot was going to hit me fast, and I had no choice but to take what was coming to me and try to conquer it all.
Luckily, I have. My grades are not as good as what they used to be, but I am taking much harder classes and getting much more involved with my school (which I am SO happy about!) I am still in a good grade range, too, which is very important to me since I am a student first. I have gotten closer with some professors in my major which led me to great opportunities I will explain later. I have also made great connections within the EOP family, the group of amazing people I would probably not be in college if not for them. If all of that doesn’t scream successful, I don’t know what does.
Let’s face it, I have been procrastinating for finals a LOT. I feel so burnt out because my classes this semester were somewhat demanding. I am hoping next semester my classes are a little bit easier. I am doing a stats class, phonetics, and the two classes I’m the most excited about — Observations in CMD, and CLINICAL PARTICIPATION! I cannot wait to tell you all about my clinical experiences! I had the Orientation for it on Monday, where I found out I will be keeping up with patients by calling them to remind them of appts, get their case histories, make sure hearing aids are in, clean hearing aids, and eventually I will be running (if I feel comfortable with it) basic audiological tests. I am extremely grateful I was given this opportunity. Only 5 or so of us are getting this chance, and it will definitely solidify my decision to go into the field of Audiology, and it will give me a taste of what I am in for. I will also be more familiar with the material in doctorate programs, where I will be dealing with these things on a daily basis.
Another great thing that is coming towards me next semester is being a Welcome Center Greeter! It is something I have wanted to do for a while, but I was originally going to wait until senior year for this experience because I thought it would be hard getting used to having a job/extraciriculars besides just classwork. Since I have assimilated so well this semester, I decided to go for it and as I have told you all, I got the position. I cannot wait to get to know the staff, and I want to learn more about the school so I can better help myself, as well as others.
Overall, all of the experiences I have come across this semester have helped me become a stronger, more confident person. This confidence does not only help myself, but it allows me to help others since I know that what I have to say is valuable, helpful, and that people actually WANT to hear what I have to say. It is truly a miraculous feeling that I hope everybody can feel at some point in their life. <3
None of these great things can come to me until I finish this semester. So, after all of this rambling… here is the fun stuff.. GINGERBREAD HOUSES! We made them out of graham crackers, yummm !!! So this is what I’ve been doing instead of studying. Enjoy the pics! After dinner tonight though, I’m definitely gonna crack down and start to work.
ps. I hope I don’t sound cocky. That was just a really deep flow of emotions that kept coming out and out. :p
the table full of supplies!
one of the sides of my house.... that's supposed to be windows lmao.
another side! of my "house" aka box
my friend safire's !
i wish this beautiful house was mine!