CCP- Senioritis

First of all, I changed my site tagline from “high school senior” to “college freshman”. !!!! So if you’re reading this in your email then head on over to the actual website and check it out! (It’s the little things that make me happy.)


sen·ior·i·tis
ˌsēnyəˈrīdəs/
noun

humorous
 1. A supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance.

2. A crippling disease that strikes high school seniors. Symptoms include: laziness, an over-excessive wearing of track pants, old athletic shirts, sweatpants, athletic shorts, and sweatshirts. Also features a lack of studying, repeated absences, and a generally dismissive attitude. The only known cure is a phenomenon known as Graduation. -Urban Dictionary


 

Senioritis is real. Even for good students. And it is awful. However, I am convinced that something similar happens to everyone at the end of the school year. The difference here (I am sure that is is worse for college seniors) is that seniors are at the end of something. They don’t have next year to come back to. They have something new coming, huge changes, they get to/have to leave. And that’s hard for most people. They have been working HARD for the past 4 years to get into “that” college or get “that” job, and now that they are accepted to “that” college. Do the last few months of senior year even matter?? It is hard to find motivation to finish out the school year when it has hardly any impact on their future plans. Cue the Pinterest and Instagram..


 

And then once we realize the quotes aren’t really helping we decide to open our books to study.

HA actually that’s not how it works.

Once we finally close that Pinterest app, we probably go and annoy our friends/family or whatever unfortunate soul happens to be around us by complaining about all of the work we have to do. Once they banish us from their presence, this is where the tears come in. Or the chocolate. OR BOTH.

If we ever finally sit down with our work, we’ll probably proceed to make at least 10 to-do lists about the things that we have to do and two separate count downs to the end of the year. Now, to outsiders, this may look like we are being productive and organized. Au contraire. This is the oldest trick in the book for a procrastinator, which all seniors seem to be.

Once we realize that there are no more to-do lists to be made *gasp* we’ll tackle that first (and probably easiest) item on our list. After finishing that, we’ll think “YOU ARE AN AMAZING PERSON. YOU DESERVE MORE CHOCOLATE AND A NICE LOOONNG BREAK FROM THE WORK THAT YOU JUST CONQUERED.” When, in reality, we just set out our notes and made our desk look pretty and took a picture of it all.

Okay, okay this may (or may not) be an exaggeration of the events that actually take place during one’s senior year. But now that I have lived through this (that makes it sound like the worst thing ever, which I’m sure it’s not:D) I have a few tips to give soon-to-be seniors.

  1. Get the “Forest” app for studying. It works wonders. You basically set a timer for how long you want to study. If you close out of the app, you get a dead tree. But if you stay in the app for the entire time, you get a healthy tree added to your forest. They also have white rain sounds (city, rainforest, etc.) for you to use. *Tip- don’t answer phone calls because it will kill your tree:D* You can also set a “break timer” so that you can get in that Pinterest time in order that you don’t go crazy. This was the biggest way for me to stay focused during finals week.
  2. Take study breaks to exercise or eat (good food). Don’t try to eat while studying. You’ll just get distracted, trust me.
  3. When you’re hard core studying, don’t listen to music that you could sing along with. Keep the throw-back songs (:D) for when you’re just copying notes or making flashcards. Pandora has study music stations. I’m sure youtube and Spotify do as well. Or use a white-noise app. (OR THE FOREST APP). My favorite way to study though is with The Strive Studies on YouTube. Go check her out,. It’s amazing how helpful it can be to “study with another person”.
  4. Enjoy life. You only get high school senior year once. Go to homecoming and prom. Go see your last sports games. Hang out with friends and do absolutely nothing or go out for a fancy-ish dinner on Saturday night. Eat pizza. Wear sweatpants to school. This is your last year.
  5. But do say no to some fun things. If you know that you have a big test the next day, don’t go out with friends that particular night/don’t watch the newest episode of Grey’s Anatomy.

Everyone is going to find ways that work for them. But you have to work to find those ways. My biggest tip for any student is this: TREAT EVERY TEST OR HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT LIKE IT MATTERS TO YOUR FINAL GRADE. Because it really does. The first test at the beginning of the semester will set the tone for the rest of the class. If you do well on it, you’ll give yourself a cushion for when the material becomes harder. Start each semester with a good work ethic, and you’ll do fine. But don’t slack just because the material is easy now, because (especially for you CCP students) it will get 10x harder within the next week. Trust me.

Okay, longer post than normal, but those are some of my thoughts on senioritis. It can be a challenging time for most people, it definitely was for me. Please, please, please don’t beat yourself up about it. This goes for you straight-A students. Don’t feel like you’re a failure for not wanting to do the work anymore. But even if you don’t want to do it, do it anyway.

The last few months of senior year still matter. Your college gets to see your final transcript.  Show them that you are the student they think you are. Work hard, and then enjoy your summer. Time does pass. Before you know it, you’ll be graduated and at college. Don’t waste senior year complaining about it. Enjoy it.

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Life Flies By

Happy late Friday night! Well, I am FINISHED with my classes. I have finished high school. Eep!! I took my last final (Econ, bleh) yesterday *I had a window seat, and it was raining, and the curtain was open, and it was great* I think my finals went pretty well, but I will get all of my grades by next Wednesday.

I can’t even put into words how happy I am to be done with this part of my schooling career. Just…well…15 more years minimum. >4 years undergrad (at Albion College!), 4 years of med school, 5 years of general surgery residency, and 2 years of pediatric surgery fellowship< That’s my plan for now at least.

So here’s a picture from the beginning of finals week…

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If I look exhausted…it’s because I was

And a picture from the end of finals…

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#treatyourself

 

This morning, I was super lazy and watched TV all morning before I had to venture out into the down pour to go volunteer at the hospital. But it’s okay because I haven’t done that (well at least guilt free) for awhile. Starting Monday, I have A LOT to do, at least it feels that way.

Let’s see…finish Albion placement tests, schedule out some blog posts and *hopefully* get some written, clean my room, organize all my school stuff from the last four years, clean out my clothes and see what I need to get, make a college supply list…

Okay, okay that’s not all happening on Monday, thank goodness. But I do feel like I need to get it all down on paper and really organize it in my mind to see what I need to get done this summer. I am also really excited to be able to workout consistently now that school is done. That should feel good.

Even though I have finished my classes, I have to wait until June 3rd to graduate. Oh! That brings a whole other list of things I have to work on: plan decorations for grad party, find dress for graduation, plan food for party, finish learning my piano pieces for my senior recital.

So yes, I will probably be just as busy if not more than when I was in school, but I love, love, love this kind of stuff so I am ready to get started!! Also, it has been raining almost nonstop for the last two days and is supposed to keep raining the entire weekend. IT’S PERFECT!!!

Also (final “also”, I promise), I wanted to say congratulations to my cousin who graduated from college today!! (Even though he doesn’t read this:D)

Have a safe weekend, friends <3

 

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DSP- Part 3: My final college decision!

 

Hi friends and happy Friday! Today, I have my final college decision for you. I wrote about my weekend at Albion college this week. Monday I posted about my day in general and Wednesday, I posted about the other sessions I went to. Go check them out!

That day was one of the biggest factors in my final decision. Everyone made me feel so welcome and at home. I learned about all of the amazing opportunities offered to me, and I feel like I will fit right in.

Needless to say, I have officially committed to Albion College! Class of 2021.

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#Albion2021

 

Here are the areas that I want to get involved in:

  • Honors program
  • Gerstacker institute
  • Healthcare institute
  • Equestrian team (either western or hunt seat)
  • Christian campus ministry
  • Greek life (sorority)
  • and other student organizations/clubs

 

My major: exercise science

My minor: ???

My track: premed, with plans of going to medical school and becoming a physician (right now, I want to be a pediatric surgeon, neonatologist, or Ob/Gyn)

I’ve been talking to a lot of people in my class, making friends and finding potential roommates. I have 9 weeks left of high school. Eep! I want to enjoy this as much as I can and get the best grades possible.

Senioritis is a real thing guys:p

But it’s Friday, I’m finishing up my Spring Break, so I’ll be back at it again come Monday.

#GoBrits!

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DSP- Part 2: the other parts of my day

Yesterday, I talked about the Distinguished Scholars Program at Albion college in general terms, and today I wanted to talk more about the other sessions that I went to before my actual presentation. Here is yesterday’s post if you want to catch up.

 

First, I met with the Honors program correspondent. The honors building is by far my favorite building on campus so far…besides maybe the stables;) It is a small, old building. Right inside the door is the honors classroom: wood, big board room table, chalk board, radiators, etc. Then the stairs (an old narrow rickety set of winding stairs) lead up to the two offices and little sitting area. It was cozy and quaint AND they have a resident dog. What could get much better than that??

I learned a lot about the honors program. Every honors student (a group of select students are chosen based on their honors application each year) are required to take 4 honors classes, and complete an honors thesis. The classes sound amazing. The professors generally don’t give exams or homework (how great is that?!) because the class is purely discussion and reading based. These classes count towards graduation which means that they aren’t extra classes that are taking time away from classes that “count”. For the thesis, students can do it on anything even if it’s not within their major. They typically spend junior and senior year working on the research and writing their final copy. One student did a 10 page math proof, and another even wrote a 500 page novel. In fact, one student actually wrote hers on how a college would benefit from having an equestrian program. Guess what?? A wealthy lady read it and funded it! So that student now is the founder and director of Albion’s equestrian center!! Honors just has a lot of opportunities for students. For instance, they have a special study abroad program in Scotland (I have always wanted to go there). Honors students can apply and if they get accepted, they study at the University of Edinburgh for a semester and earn credit for Albion. They have the opportunity to study with other international students and travel Europe. How amazing does that sound??

This past week, I got my acceptance letter to the honors program, I’m in!

 

Okay, next I met with the director for the Gerstacker Institute. Albion has these different institutes which are technically concentrations–less work than a major but more work than a minor. The Gerstacker is the business institute. Business and non-business majors can participate. They require certain classes, an internship, and even a summer of summer classes specific to Gerstacker students. They emphasize leadership skills, team work, and professional development. They give students a lot of opportunities to network and strengthen their resumes. There is a lot I could say about it, but that’s basically Gerstacker in a nutshell:) At the end of the (very) informal interview, she actually offered me admission (which, again, I had to apply specially for)!!

And finally, I went to a group session for the Institute for Healthcare Professions. This is, again, a concentration and I had to apply for it. The director ran the session and she was actually one of the leaders of Camp Med. She immediately said hi and hugged me when I walked in:) She made me feel so happy and welcome! I learned a lot about the institute–it is an amazing support system and guidance for pre med and medical school applications. From required volunteering to mock interviews and healthcare centered classes to helping with the actual application. And early this past week I received my admissions letter for that as well!

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I am beyond excited for all of the opportunities that I have through these different programs. Friday, I’ll talk about my final college decision…if you couldn’t tell already:)

 

 

 

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Distinguished Honors Program- Part 1

Hi all:)

Last weekend I made the trip with my momma to Albion College in Michigan. I went up there to compete in their Distinguished Honors Program (DSP). You can read more about it by following the link, but basically I was invited up there to present on a topic of my choosing for 15 minutes in front of a couple faculty members. The faculty then had 15 minutes to ask me questions about my presentation, why I chose the topic I did, and other questions about me personally (present and future plans).

I chose to present on SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). I talked about the historical significance of SIDS, the official definition, common factors and precautions, first responders, how it affects parents, and why I chose to present on this.

I was SO nervous. I was sick to my stomach and dizzy and had a dry mouth leading up to my presentation, but I had to sit through several sessions and an informal interview before I could present. It was a long day of waiting:)

When I first got invited to participate, I absolutely did not want to do it. I didn’t want to speak in front of professors and I didn’t want to take that much time to prepare for it. I am glad that I did it though. I had so much fun that day during the other sessions and especially during my presentation.

I was competing for a full tuition scholarship. Sadly, I just found out today that I didn’t win the scholarship, but I did receive a money voucher called an “experience voucher” that I can use on studying abroad, conferences, and other Albion related expenses that aren’t necessarily a college expense. I wish that I had won, but it’s okay, I had fun doing it and that day was important.

I have more to say, but I decided to break it up into three different posts. SO, I’ll talk more about those sessions that I went to later this week! Happy Monday, friends:)

 

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Rain

Just a short post today of sorts. It’s been perfect weather here lately. For at least a week and a half, it’s been hovering around an average of 40 degrees  (so it could be warmer…) and raining pretty much all the time, at least a light mist. I absolutely love it! And on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, I leave the house at 7:00 so it’s still dark. And as I’m driving to school, it’s rainy and dark and I have my music and it’s just me, and it’s so nice.

So anyway, rain is a glorious thing and I just thought people should know😃

Today’s Friday! Tomorrow’s the weekend!

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Second semester senior-2017

It’s been awhile since I’ve been on here! It’s the 3rd week of my last semester of high school, the end of January, and 2017. I can hardly believe it!

I’m just starting to get out of my beginning of the semester slump, and that’s good because everything is starting to speed up. I usually have a couple of weeks at the beginning of a semester where I don’t like my classes, I’m dragging myself out of bed every morning, and I just generally don’t want to go to school. And then I get over it and it’s all good:) But let me tell you, senioritis is a thing, the struggle is real.

(And I’m convinced that Physics will be the death of me😩)

In college news… I am 99.9% sure that I have it narrowed down to three: OSU, Albion, and Purdue. Now I am just waiting to hear from financial aid and scholarships.

It’s starting to feel real though! I have joined all of their class of 2021 Facebook pages, and I’m in a group chat for each school. I am also in a “pre med student class of 2021” group chat through Purdue. We named the chat “Purdue’s Future Docs”. That just gave me butterflies!! I am going to college and I am going to be a doctor. It’s not just a dream anymore.

So while I don’t know for sure where I am going next year, the decision is getting nearer and nearer. I have 15 weeks of school left. So that means that in 15 short weeks, I will be enrolled in a college. Eep!

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Happy Thursday!

>>Joshua 4:24 <<

 

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The Insanity of Finals

Hello friends!

My finals week is next week. Eep!! Since I have had the “college finals” experience twice before, I now have realized what I need to do to be more successful. This semester, I have a final in every class. Last year, I had a final in about half of my classes. The good thing is that I have 1 final each day for a total of 4 finals next week. I know some people might like to have them all on just one or two days, but I prefer to have them spaced out to give me the ability to “hyper-focus” (is that a word??) on each exam.

So anyway, I have organized my next 2 weeks. Maybe over organized, but I think it will help me get things done.

First, I scheduled my morning in time increments and wrote it out (color coded of course) on my whiteboard:

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Wakeup 6:30

Get ready(teeth, wash face, etc)

Devos 7:45

Eat 8:00

Yoga (I do a quick 15 minute yoga to wake me up and get ready for the day. it really helps!) 8:15

Get ready (hair, makeup, clothes) 8:30

Leave 8:50-9:00

–>study

–>workout after school

–>shower (on certain days)

–>study some more!

–>quick room clean

–>set out clothes, lunch, fill water bottle

–>depending on what time it is, I’ll watch an episode of something, but I try to be in bed between 9&10.

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So that’s my general daily schedule. I think it will help keep me on track instead of procrastinating.

Next, I wrote out all of the things I know I want to do each day on a note card. There are 10 days until my last final so I drew 10 columns. At the top of each column is the day. When I finish each task I color in the box with the corresponding color sharpie☺ For the shower row, I blacked out some days and left the days blank that I expect to take a shower.

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To finish off my organization frenzy, I wrote down exactly what I need to study each day for each subject in order to be ready for the final. It doesn’t look like as much when I put it on paper!

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Then on the days of each exam, I wrote “exam” so I could clearly see it😃

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So that’s what I am doing to maintain my sanity during finals! Somehow, organizing things like that helps ease the stress and keep me motivated.

Well, I’m off to take my last lab exam of A&P 1!!! It’s all about the brain, ear, and eye.👌

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Talk to you soon! 

 

**not sure if the pictures will post sideways…ah computers🙄**

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Just the Beginning

Today I had my first cadaver lab! It was one of the best experiences I have had in school so far. I am starting to feel like a pre-med student!

Speaking of pre-med…I scheduled my classes for next semester:

*Physics
*Pre-calculus
*Anatomy & physiology II

=12 credit hours

I am excited to be taking ALL math and science. However, I had previously told myself that I would NOT take a math class in the spring OR an 8am class…I am taking both of those (A&P is the 8am).

I know it will be a heavy load, but I’m ready for it, and it could always be worse! And this is just the beginning of my many years of science classes 😀

(Oh, and it’s raining. So cadaver lab + scheduling classes + rainy night=perfect day.)

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Cuddle in and enjoy your night! I’m off to watch Dancing With the Stars<3

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Purdue University: College Visit #7

Happy Tuesday to you all! I have been meaning to write this post for several days, and I am just now getting around to it:) A few weeks ago, I think I mentioned this, I visited my friend at Purdue. It was just supposed to be a “friend trip”, but…I ended up loving the school itself…for a lot of reasons, but most importantly, it seems to have almost everything I love about all my other schools. Before I looked into Purdue, I wished that I could find a school that had every aspect I was looking for, and in came Purdue.

Things I loved:

  1. Equestrian team
  2. Renowned biological sciences department
  3. Variety of biology majors
  4. Big school (it’s Big10)
  5. Quaint college town
  6. Football (and other sports)
  7. Close to Indianapolis (!)

Things I didn’t love:

  1. Not a big city like Indi or Columbus or Chicago

I really can’t think of things that I didn’t like about Purdue…if I think of anything, I’ll add it:)

Also a bonus but not completely reasons to go here:

  1. My friend Megan is a student
  2. My friend Heather is also applying (potential roommate…!!)
  3. The honors dorms are brand new and feel like a hotel 😀

I applied a now I just have to wait for a decision! Not sure when they come out though.

I had an amazing visit with Heather and Megan, and now I just miss them more:)

 

 

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We were in camp mode: no makeup, no doing hair 😀

 

And then I came home and had a fun visit with Aunt Emily and Phil and celebrating Noni’s birthday.

So I have applied to all the schools on my list: Purdue, Albion, BGSU, OSU, Wittenberg, Butler, Hope, UChicago. I decided to apply to UChicago because it does offer me a lot, and I liked the school when I visited. The only reason I didn’t want to apply at first was because I didn’t think I could get in with my ACT score–>which is NOT a good reason, ha ha.

In other college news, I’ve been accepted to Albion as well!!!! I couldn’t believe it when I got the letter. I actually got home from Purdue and found it in the mailbox. That is the best thing to come home to after a long, sleepy drive. Three decisions in, five more to go.

In A&P we are learning all of the muscles. We just finished all of the bones and bony landmarks/muscle and nervous tissue. Now we are onto the muscles and nerves and joints. In two weeks, we get to take a trip to the cadaver lab! My friend and I can’t wait for that.

It’s just another week of school–45 days to go!

 

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