Friday, May 22, 2015

Why the 2014-2015 School Year Was By Far The Best Yet

The 2014-2015 school marks my third year of college and I'm extremely happy to say, it has been an absolute joy!  That's not to say that it didn't come without its challenges, because it did, but ultimately, I think that's what makes a school year worth being proud of.  Here are some things that I did that I'm extremely proud of:

1. I Studied Abroad!  I won't speak too much about this, because I spent all of fall writing about my adventures, but nevertheless, this is still something that I'm extremely proud of myself for doing.  It was scary, many tears were shed, and I ended up (metaphorically) leaving a piece of my heart in the Netherlands.  You can't do that in a classroom.

2. I Got Published!  My school has an art and literary journal where you can submit paintings, ceramics, photos, poems, short stories... pretty much anything you want.  I submitted a photo that I took during Ontzet in Leiden and it was published!  I keep looking at page 2 of the 109th edition of Ariston (that's what the journal is called) and just looking at my name.  It's so different seeing your name this way than if you see your name on a blog.  It's really cool because other people thought that something you did was good enough to be in this journal.  So that's really special.  I'm hoping to do this again next year.  Perhaps some pictures, but this time I'd like to shoot for writing.

3. I Presented My Research At The GSJ Symposium!  The capstone class for every student who passes through my school, St. Catherine University, is called Global Search for Justice.  In this class, we learn about different forms of oppression and what this looks like in the world and what people are doing to fight this oppression.  Not only that, but we have to do projects on a social justice issue of our choice and if you're asked to, you present it with other GSJ students.  I did my project on access to healthcare for transgender people and I was asked to present my research.  The presentation was different, in that students came to me and I wasn't talking to everyone as a whole group, but it went extremely well.  I think mine was the only project related to transgender issues.

4. I'm Taking On More Activities And Challenges!  Although these things don't really start until next school year, I'm very excited about them right now.  I was sworn in to Student Senate as a Commuter Senator and I also accepted a position to write for The Wheel, which is my school newspaper.  I don't really know what challenges either of these activities will bring, but I'm excited to get started!

5. I Interviewed For An Was Accepted Into A Really Great-Sounding Job!  I say great-sounding because I haven't officially started yet.  This summer, I will be teaching incoming seventh and eighth graders literature!  I'm going to be a teacher!  I'm sure you'll hear more about this over the summer because this is something that I care about so much.  I can't wait to get started!

I have had an amazing school year.  I can't wait to see what my last full year will bring!*

Thanks for Reading!


*I have a year and a half until I graduate, but that extra semester will consist of student teaching, so I won't be on campus very much.


  1. Engagement didn't make the list????????

    1. It would! But I was trying to make this list related to school things :)

  2. It sounds like you had a terrific year indeed :) I'm glad that you have broaden your horizons. Hopefully, the next academic year is no exception.

    I can't believe you are doing Breakthrough! I have a friend who participated and she has nothing but great things to say about it. You definitely should keep us updated on your experience with teaching.


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