New Semester

Penn State’s spring semester has begun! I kicked off the second semester of my junior year on Monday. I’ve had to mentally get back into “school mode” and out of “vacation mode” these past few days.

I suddenly have less time to randomly bake batches of white chocolate chip cookies... sad.

I suddenly have less time to randomly bake batches of white chocolate chip cookies… sad.

I’m going to be honest, I always struggle at the beginning of a new semester. I often feel very anxious and overwhelmed. I question whether or not I can handle the courses I have to take and I have a hard time getting into a routine as I adapt to my new schedule.

It’s funny, because a few weeks into classes, I look back and think why was I so worried that I couldn’t do all of this school work? God always carries me through my life, especially times when I am forced to adapt and stretch the limits of my comfort zone.

Here are my courses for this semester:

COMM460W– News reporting
COMM470A– Newspaper production
COMM270– Multimedia production
CAS204– Communication research methods
METEO003– Meteorology

So far, most of my classes are tough. Some are “senior level,” one is a research course, and two involve learning new-to-me software (like DreamWeaver, InDesign CS4, Adobe Creative Suite, etc.).

I’m definitely going to be challenged this semester, but I’m ready to trust God, do my best, and believe in myself and my abilities. 

I've already learned a new word in meteorology ... isopleth!

I’ve already learned a new word in meteorology … isopleth!

On the bright side, spring (and May–the end of the semester) will be here before I know it 😉


  1. Good luck with school this semester, your classes sound like a lot of fun to me, but I guess that’s because I had a similar major (professional writing). It is overwhelming the first few days though when you see the syllabus and wonder how you’ll cover all that, even though it’s 4 months to do it.

    And those cookies look absolutely delicious, white chocolate chip is Clay’s favorite too :).

  2. I always used to struggle the first week or so too (and the last week). I would question weather I could handle the course load but after a few days I know you’ll get back into it! Where is time seriously going?

  3. That does look like a pretty challenging schedule! I’m taking two intensive lab classes this year. The plus side is no finals in either of those classes, but the con is having to spend so many hours in lab…going through lunchtime ;(

  4. Youre gonna love the software, trust me!
    (Unless you don’t then I am just projecting. *blush*)
    Just be glad you do not have to learn Flash and that they are not making you learn Quark (sososososso outdated).

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