I just submitted my last assignment of the semester and all I can say is I AM FINALLY DONE WITH FALL 2017. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I pretty much left campus without looking back even once. Okay, maybe just once because I couldn’t remember if I had forgotten my room key in my dorm, but yeah, didn’t look back once. This semester was super packed for me—I was taking seven classes, was (and still am) on the e-board of my club, got a blog post up every week, worked a part-time job, and assisted with the sports broadcast on campus. I was exhausted like I have never been before, and this was the most I’ve ever wanted to give up on anything (and y’all know I don’t go down without a fight!). But I made it, and I can’t even begin to tell you how freakin’ happy I am.
At the end of last semester, I wrote a post on Things I Learned And My Goals For The Fall Semester, a.k.a. this semester I just had. So I decided to revisit that list by reflecting and checking off whatever I accomplished and scolding myself thoroughly for anything I didn’t. Just kidding. About the scolding part. I’ll probably just keep those unachieved goals on the back-burner for next time.
And, in the spirit of the upcoming new year, I’m also going to do a “what I’m looking forward to in the upcoming year” type of thing, too, so you can see what I’m planning and maybe even help me make more plans because nothing’s really set in stone and I’m always up for new plans. So let’s begin, shall we?
My goals for fall 2017…
1. Go to the gym six days per week. NOPE.
I started the semester off doing this, and for two or three weeks, I actually made it work and adapted my routines to suit my schedule—going in the mornings before class, going at night after class, squeezing in some time in between, yada, yada, yada. But then things got crazy and there was a time when I didn’t go for almost two weeks straight. Luckily, I picked things back up in the final month of the semester when I’d start exercising in my dorm room everyday if I didn’t have the time or if it was too cold to walk to the gym. I actually found that I love doing dorm room workouts and even wrote an article about it.
2. Get my bartending certificate. CHECK.
I finally signed up for the bartending class I’ve been meaning to take, and I got my certificate in bartending and mixology!!! The timing was perfect, too, since my school decided it would be a fun idea to cut a program that brings in lots and lots of money every semester because there’s always a mile-long waitlist for it. So, I was part of the last graduating class for bartending. I don’t think I’m going to use it to work at a bar, but I’m glad I now have the knowledge and know a little bit more about alcohol.
3. Make more new friends in my classes. CHECK.
This semester, I got to know some really cool people in the classes I took, specifically in my photography class, and she made everything so much more fun. And, I got closer to people I’ve had classes with in the past but never really spoke to, so that counts too, I think.
4. Keep posting at least twice per week. CHECK?
Well, there were times when I did post on this here blog twice a week, and there were other times when once a week was as good as I’d get for the time being. I definitely think that planning out my content better would have really helped that process, but what it really came down to for me was having the time to dedicate to planning. Hopefully, I’ll be able to stay on top of this better next semester, though!
5. Get straight A’s. SO FAR, SO GOOD.
Not all my grades have gone up yet, but so far the ones that did get posted are A’s. I definitely think I worked really hard in all my classes and earned whatever grades I receive, so whatever they are I think I’ll be pretty satisfied. By the way, I have a post that teaches you exactly How To Get A’s In Your Classes, if you’re interested in taking a look. 😉
6. Attend every football game at my school. DEFINITELY NOT.
I literally hung my head in shame when I read this one from last semester’s post. I love college sports (even if I don’t understand them) and attending football games was one of the things I was most excited about for the fall semester. Unfortunately, I had to go home on almost every weekend there was a game being played, and my schedule just didn’t work out with everything. Super upsetting since I probably won’t get another chance to go to a college game, unless I attend one as an alumna (but I’d have to pay for a ticket…). Moral of the story: take advantage of the free games while you’re still in college, even if you aren’t into sports.
7. Work for the athletics department. NOPE.
So, I applied for a marketing internship with the athletics department at my school and I GOT IT. Buuuuuuut the position expectations ended up not aligning with what I wanted to do, and I didn’t think I could dedicate time and energy to something I wouldn’t put my whole heart into. Looking back, with the semester I had, I probably would’ve had to given up sleep for good if I had taken this position! So I guess this ended up being a win for me anyway.
8. Actually use my financial tracker. HELL (KINDA) YEAH.
I started off using my tracker, then not using, then for an experiment I had to track every dime I spent for an entire month, and afterward I really became obsessed with tracking my spending. Like, writing down the amount of money I spend on an iced latte actually gives me comfort now. I really like doing it, and it’s important for post-grad life since one of my friends warned me about financial stability after college. And, I was gifted a beautiful budget planner from my college suite Secret Santa, so I’m super excited to use that.
9. Start building good credit. CHECK.
I finally got my own credit card this semester, and while I have been using it quite a bit recently, I’ve been really good about tracking what I spend and paying everything off. Credit cards are so daunting, but it’s definitely better to start building good credit now and not when you’re ready to rent an apartment that you hope to move into by next week.
10. Decorate my room really nicely. SURE.
Okay, I didn’t go as overboard with the decor as I thought I would, but my dorm looks cozy at least! My faux fur throw on my bed adds the perfect comfy texture, and I have a decal of the world map adding to some of the black and white aesthetic. And of course, you can never go wrong with a wall of sunglasses and pretty looking perfume bottles on your desk. Maybe next semester I can up my game a little, but this semester was good enough to pass.
What I’m looking forward to in the upcoming year…
1. Spring Break 2018.
This will be the FIRST spring break that I actually do something besides chill at home—I swear on my middle school goth self’s grave. I’m planning a trip to Florida with my friends, so we’re excited to have everything mostly worked out by the end of January. Last spring break, let’s go!
2. HerConference and College Fashion Week.
I have been attending HerConference for the last two years and I’ve had positive experiences both times. I’m always excited to go, and now I can get excited for College Fashion Week, too. I attended for the first time this year and I had an AMAZING time. I got to attend as a VIP and had access to so many amazing free goodies and activities, and got to get really good seats before the show! Plus, I got to bring a friend and everything was so fabulous! Definitely looking forward to the 2018 show.
3. The BlogHer conference.
I’ve never been to this conference but it’s one of the biggest ones in the world, and people come from all over the world to attend it. It’s located in Florida, so it would also be a chance for me to travel. I know the tickets are usually expensive, but hopefully I can swing it this year an end up going.
4. Getting my book off the ground.
You know that book I briefly mentioned I wanted to publish this year? Yeah, it’s still a work in progress. An by work in progress I mean, I have half of one chapter complete. Slow and steady, right?
I’m finally about to be out of college! I’m so excited for the dress shopping, the graduation photoshoots, and the walking across the stage for a fake diploma thing. After May 2018, I’m going to be an actual adult and hopefully I’ll have a job or internship or some type of gig lined up.
So that’s my post! I know it was insanely long, but if you made it this far, thanks for sticking with me! And thanks for sticking with me throughout this whole journey. In case you’re wondering what’s going to happen to my college blog when I’m no longer in college, it’s still going to be right here! I would abandon you like that, after all. I hope you’re as excited for 2018 as I am!
What’s your favorite memory from this semester?