August 3, 2012 § Leave a Comment
It’s that time of year again! College students, myself included, are getting ready to hit the books once more as Fall semester approaches. But wait. The class that I finished just three days ago has barely given me a break. That’s right, but here’s why I like it.
My routine hasn’t been disturbed. Since I just finished courses three days ago, when I start back to the routine in 10 days, nothing will have been disrupted. I’m accustomed to waking up for 8am classes, and the studying techniques don’t have to be relearned. In college, you eat dinner at weird times, and often, for me, it’s been earlier than later. So, yes, my stomach grumbles loudly at 4pm.
I’m taking on something new this semester. I’m writing a monthly column for our school newspaper and blogging for the local CBS affiliate, and I just couldn’t be more grateful for these opportunities to exercise abilities that I love to use in such unique ways. The opportunity to write to reach thousands and thousands of people at once is exhilarating, as I’ve often experienced with this blog and with the marvels of social media these days. I’ll also be continuing to live in the apartment, which is a blessing in and of itself.
I’m preparing for something huge. Though I’m not willing to say much yet, suffice it to say that I’m so excited to see what the latter half of 2012 has in store for me. Big opportunities, exciting adventures, and amazing insights are just a few of the things that I can already tell will manifest themselves. I am so grateful, and I can’t wait to share more!
My communication skills are stronger than ever. Last year, when I told you about the e-mail that I send out to all of my professors to introduce them to my situation at the beginning of the semester, that was only the beginning. When I wrote a post giving advice to professors on how to manage students with disabilities, I started realizing that I was exercising my own abilities to communicate effectively with people around me, not just professors. For the first time ever, I feel as though I can effectively communicate my needs both inside and outside the classroom in a way that will not only accomplish my goals, but it will teach others how to better assist and treat individuals with disabilities. That’s always my goal, no matter the situation.
Stress management is under control. For the first time in a long time, I feel as though I can stay afloat without getting too stressed. Taking three classes in about 10 weeks will do that to you, I guess. I just understand what it takes to get the job done easily and effectively, finally. My schedule this semester is such that I have one class on Mondays and Wednesdays at 2pm, and then on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I’m in three classes from 8am to 12:15 pm. Those seem like long days, but I would rather be finished by lunchtime so that I have time to finish homework and reading assignments before dinner and things like that. Plus, giving me the mornings before my classes on MW means that I may be able to get ahead of the game a little bit, which would be nice.
As always, if you have a suggestion regarding what you’d like to see written about here, please let me know. Blogging is what helps me to stay sane, so it’s not going anywhere anytime soon!
Happy studying, everyone!