Fall break was great, I visited the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School and talked to admissions. Ended up loving the school and am planning on applying because their international law certification and clinical program seems amazing. I will also be looking at some other schools soon. I am planning on applying for jobs as well, because I would like to defer from law school (if I get in) and take a gap year working internationally.
This month flew by, literally. I cannot believe how fast my undergraduate career is coming to an end.
I do not even know where to begin. My stress levels have been so high that it is affecting my weight-loss goals. There have been a lot of outside factors that have contributed to my stress, recently on campus a fellow classmate of mine passed away. I have also had some serious family health issues occurring, and just other life factors that have been thrown my way. Definitely the most outside factors challenging semester, there was a point where I almost decided to take the semester off, but I didn’t and am pushing through!
My classes are absolutely the worst this semester. Each class requires so much reading, writing, and discussion that it seems impossible to keep up. My religion class is MWF and from Monday-Wednesday we are expected to read 100 pages. That’s just for one class. My cognitive psychology class, has the same amount of reading from Tuesday-Thursday plus article summaries due. Not to mention, the readings and 3 hour labs on Friday afternoons. My immigration seminar is kicking my butt too. We have huge amounts of readings, response papers for class, discussion questions for class, on top of an independent research assignment outside of class, and civic engagement group project. Perhaps, my only manageable class is my intimate relationship psychology seminar class, where we have one article due and discussion questions due for each class time. But that class still requires two full-length class presentations and a huge research paper and wiki paper. Not to mention, my gym class, where we are required to keep a daily journal and go to numerous well-center events and write summaries of those throughout the semester.
Working in the political science department has been a lot of fun this semester, I have become really close to a lot of the professors and even babysat for one of the professors a few weeks ago. One of the professors had me create a graphic for her book presentation in Minneapolis and I got cited for the first time publicly! I do a lot of research for the professors and some grading when necessary, which is fun for me. I also work in the office of student activities which is not my favorite but is okay. I still work in the Multicultural Affairs office, which I have since first coming to St. Olaf. Which is my favorite job ever, I know the director so well that I consider her a mentor and even the administrative assistant is a dear role model. Being a psychology teacher’s assistant this semester has pushed me over the edge with work study, so I do it voluntarily. It is really enjoyable and I hope next semester I can actually get to do some more work for the psychology department.
If you remember, I live in the Diversity Awareness Honor House on campus which aims at promoting all types of diversity into different aspects of the St. Olaf community. I live with 6 other students and really enjoy the house and events we have put on. Every honor house at St. Olaf have a theme and goal that they try to promote at St. Olaf. I am also the co-chair for ¡Presente! this year which has taken up a lot of my time. ¡Presente! is the Latin American Student Organization on campus that aims to promote awareness about Latin American culture. We put on an array of events on campus, have discussions, and meet weekly. We are collaborating with Carleton (our rivals) this year too, so that will be exciting. Top it off I am still in SAC (Student Activities Committee), which is an organization that raises school spirit at sporting events, brings comedians to campus, creates scavenger hunts, and other types of constant programming for students on campus. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, I am also in Collegiate Choral this semester!
I know I know, all of this makes me sound like a really busy person and for the most part, I am very busy every singly day. That does not mean I have not had time to enjoy some football games, Diwali celebration, bonding retreats, global dinners, and all other types of things on campus! Not to mention, I am still a TRiO student in SSS (Student Support Services) so all those events are mandatory.
I guess that is it for now, I could talk more and more but I do not have time.
Thank you for the continued support.