And Now it’s April…

April 21st, 2011

Well, I feel silly.  I made a promise to myself to write every week so that this blog doesn’t become one of those neglected blogs that sits and stagnates for months before someone remembers he or she even has a blog and writes a quick, hurried entry.  I did not want to be that person, but I’m afraid that’s what it has come to.  Every weekend I get all caught up in activities and work and I always seem to push this activity to the side, which is a shame because it has a soothing effect on my nerves.  Speaking of soothing/relaxing stuff, I just came from a massage at the Wellness Center.  Oh my goodness I needed that!  I’ve been carrying around all this tension in my back and it was nice to finally let all that tension go.  My birthday was a couple weeks ago, and it seemed like a great opportunity to schedule one of those massages that I’ve been seeing advertised in the Wooster Headline News.

Let’s see, what else besides my birthday and my massage can I write about?  I FINISHED MY INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS JUNIOR INDEPENDENT STUDY!!!!  I’m sorry, this just gives me so much joy.  It was a stressful project, it was finally really nice to be able to turn in the finished project last Friday.  I had a total of five papers t0 write this month, and I have written and turned in two of them!  Yay!  Two of the papers are due next week, so that should be interesting.  I’m currently taking a break from working on one of the papers to write this blog post. 🙂  I think one of the most important things to realize in college (and it took me a looooooong time to realize this) is that it is OKAY to take breaks and relax for a bit.  In fact, everyone NEEDS to take a break and relax from time to time.  It completely rejuvenates you and makes you way more energetic and productive instead of plugging away at half power for days on end.  Just remember, a fully charged cell phone is an incredible tool, but when your phone is only at 25% of the battery left, it becomes less useful to you because you spend to much time worrying about when it is going to die.  Be the fully charged cell phone, not the dying one.  Trust me on this, your life will be better.

What else?  I think I’ve pretty much figured out my IS topic for next year (woot!) and I met with a visiting scholar from Morocco in early April and he gave me a whole bunch of suggestions and names (with email addresses) of potentially useful people who I could possibly interview or use to obtain more information.  I’ve also figured out where I will be living next year, and what classes I will be taking.  I got a new job (super pumped) for next year, as well as a summer job, so I will no longer be completely broke!  I went to the school’s dance concert, which was wonderful, and tomorrow I’m going to go see a play called Rumors by Neil Simon.  It was an absolutely beautiful day today, I got to perform Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in Chorus with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra, and I participated (unofficially) in Relay for Life.  I also attended a Passover Seder on campus, which was wonderful, I had a great time!  I’ve had a busy, yet academically challenging and mentally stimulating month. That’s good I think.  It means I haven’t been wasting my semester.  I can’t believe there are only a few more weeks left in the semester!  I will be so sad to leave this year, a lot of my friends are graduating, or studying abroad.  I’m worried that I will be lonely.  I’ve got to remember though, that at Wooster you can always make new friends and perhaps I can rekindle some of the old relationships I’ve let slide over the last year.  I really shouldn’t be worried, I’m in a good place in my life.  I live on a campus where I feel comfortable, and take classes that challenge me.  I meet people that inspire me, and more importantly, I know people here that care about me, and that is a wonderful feeling to have. 🙂

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