What a year it has been.
I've become a MAJOR nerd. Like, you have no idea how much school is bringing out my quirkiness. All of this intense gaining of knowledge can't be good for one.
While I have largely neglected blogging save to post about the "stresses" of my life (blogging is a lovely outlet) there have been many great things to happen too. I will do a countdown of the interesting/important/not-so-important life events thus far:
In the spring 2013 semester, I was able to TA for my advisor. (If that doesn't get brownie points, I don't know what will.) It was an interesting experience, especially in what was my second semester at college. I graded ~ 250 papers over the semester and gained a whole new appreciation for teachers everywhere. To give a fair, thoughtful grade requires quite a bit of work, especially when one is grading opinion/persuasive essays. It also allowed me to see what some college kids feel is acceptable. Is there hope for the future?
I fried bugs for 100 students.
|bug stir fry!|
I assisted with research projects.
Over the summer, I worked with two students on their master's research projects. I learned so much from helping them out with their projects. Before, I didn't really know what went into being a grad student, but this experience made me see that I would probably very much enjoy this sort of thing.
Dare I say it? ...I'm excited for grad school.
I am finished with Organic Chemistry.
I now have a job in an analytics lab!
Major nerd excitement.
I got this fortune cookie after I had spent all day frustrated in lab:
|It gave me HOPE.|
I will interrupt my list by the realization that most of my major activities for 2013 were academic.
It's a bit depressing that I've dedicated so much time and energy to school.
I know that this year was one of the most stressful heretofore.
I had to learn coping strategies.I'm learning to deal now by living one day at a time, living in the present moment.
There were other things I did, just let me think…
Ooh! I learned to dance.
I learned to wait tables.
I appreciate good service so much more now.
And over the summer, I gained regular customers! I consider that a win.
I have humorous anecdotes as well from serving. At some point, they'll be relayed.
I went outdoor rock climbing for the first time.
I am still trying to learn to play music.
I began to learn the mandolin, and I've been playing my other instruments off and on. Music is so incredibly soothing. Maybe someday I'll play in front of people.
I tried to go on new adventures whenever possible.
I have gotten so many neat experiences in.
The longer I sit here dwelling on the past year, the more wonderful times I remember.
What a fantastic gift life is.
So here's to 2013.
Who knows what 2014 will hold?
Always there will be adventure.
― G.K. Chesterton