It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like the End of the Semester

It really hasn’t yet hit me that I’m done with my last final of the semester and that I’m heading back home tomorrow for Christmas. It seems like I don’t even remember this semester since it flew by.

This fall, I made it a priority to be more appreciative. I got so much more out of everything that I did with the mindset of “I don’t have to do this; I get to do this.”

All of my classes were very enriching. For my capstone, I learned about my family history and created biographies for 3 family members. How cool is that? I now have a tangible document that I can pass down to my future children that lists more than just birth dates and names. For my public relations class, I learned how to write news releases, brochures, PSAs, business letters…but, more importantly, I got to spend more time with my all-time favorite professor! She teaches me more than how to write a PR plan. I loved going to her office hours just to chat. And then in my marketing research class, I got out of my comfort zone by moderating 3 focus groups, and I was the group leader for a full-blown research project that could realistically help a program on campus. I just love learning (and project management–I was too excited about a color-coded Excel spreadsheet I created that listed start dates, due dates, and person(s) responsible for each step and task of the research process).

What was really rewarding about this semester was the friends to whom I grew closer. Two girls in my sorority and I were like the 3 musketeers. We hung out after classes, did homework at a bar, walked to class together… Unfortunately for me, this was the last semester that both of them will be on campus. But, I am extremely grateful for all the times we spend together this fall. They showed me how to have fun, and they will continue to be great friends. I’m going to miss them so much!

I haven’t tried to cook as many new recipes as I had hoped this semester, but I did try a new recipe for stuffed peppers from my new book Cooking with the Saints by Ernst Schuegraf. That book is awesome–it has a list of certain saints, gives a short biography on them and provides a recipe related to them! If that’s not “me” I don’t know what is…

There are so many more topics about this semester about which I could write…maybe some of them will appear in future blogs 😉

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas! It’s fewer than 2 weeks away!

-Rachel

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