Well, I've just finished all of my finals for my Sophomore year in college and am currently sitting in my dorm waiting to move out and go back home. This year has been... strange, to say the least. It has been wonderful, stressful, confusing, fun, horrible, and everything in between.
It was my first year away from home - although, "away from home" in my case really only means being gone during the week then coming home during the weekend because "I have laundry to do" (laundry was by no means the main reason). It was my first year actually in college, since I completed my Freshman year as a dual enrollment student. Looking back to when I started this year in August, so much has changed. I had different friend groups, different organizations, and even a different major. I came in wanting to be a Biology major so I could be a Veterinarian. That was okay until Spring semester when Chemistry II hit me like a ton of bricks being pushed by a ton of bricks, as well as Ecology and Evolution. I dropped Chemistry II, but wasn't wise enough to do the same with Ecology and Evolution.
So, halfway through my Spring semester, I made the decision to go back to my original plan (which I'd had since 9th grade) of wanting to be a Lawyer. I don't know why I changed from wanting to be one in the first place. I've interned at a District Attorney's office and was fascinated by everything I did there. Court and everything that goes along with it just calls my name. I did also love the Veterinary Medicine field, but the education that came along with it just wasn't for me. It was fascinating, but just wouldn't connect (I blame the anesthesia they use at the vet's office I volunteered at for a year... I'm convinced I lost a few brain cells from it). Once I made the change to a Political Science major, I was completely at peace. I'm not saying it won't be hard, because it will, but it fits me. It fits my personality.
This past year has taught me so much. It's taught me patience (Lord knows I needed it this year), self-discipline (on top of pushing through all of my school work without procrastinating, I've started going to the gym almost every day!), and also, joy. I've stressed out far more than I've needed to in a ton of situations (social and educational), but I've still managed to be happy through it all. This year has brought on so much more than I thought I could handle, but it brought me closer to God and also made me a stronger person. I've also been blessed throughout all of the hardships that have been brought on this semester. I'm going to be Vice-President of the Residence Hall Association at my school, and I've also been promoted to President of Wishmakers on Campus (which has become my baby, as well as my pride and joy). This year has stressed me out, but has also put me into leadership situations, which will help me with everything I do in my future career.
So now, the semester is over and I sit in my dorm waiting impatiently for my final grades to be posted (waiting is a lost cause, though, since they aren't due for another 5 days - ugh!). I'm hoping I've passed all of my classes, but Ecology and Evolution is worrying me quite a bit. But, worse comes to worst, I'll most likely have A's in the rest of my classes, so that stupid F can drown in those. I begin my foreign language requirements in eight days, which is exciting. I'm learning Latin, even though I've been told it's a dumb choice because the language is dead. Sure, it's dead, but it interests me, and that's all that matters, right?
So, I'll sign off now for a few days of rest before I'm back to studying. (After all, this is a Southern Prep & Studying blog).
Goodbye, Sophomore Year (thank you for all of the good things you've given me, but, for the most part, you won't be missed).
UPDATE: I passed my Ecology & Evolution class!!!