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School and other fun things

Hey there. Sorry I haven’t blogged much lately. My life has been busy the past few weeks. Busy in a good way, though!

What’s going on in my life:

1. School started.
2. I’m getting married in June.
3. Jimmy and I need to buy a house or rent an apartment by June.
4. Work is busy. My dad’s real estate business has a huge open house extravaganza coming up in a few weeks.

After a pretty low-key summer break, I feel like my head is spinning with all of the things I have to do in the next few days, weeks, and months. I’m so happy, though. Over the moon happy. And excited for everything going on in my life right now!

This semester will probably be my busiest semester ever for a few reasons:
-I’m the president of the student newspaper club and the editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. So many responsibilities.
-I’m completing my senior research project this semester.
-I’ve got a few tough courses on my schedule… like mass media law. Oh boy.

My motto? One day at a time!

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Some pictures of my life lately…

Pet City
My family’s house is a zoo.

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People keep thinking that I have two sisters. Nope… that’s my mom in the middle.

park
I’ve been enjoying what’s left of summer as much as possible.

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I met a bald eagle at Pittsburgh’s aviary. It was massive!

dogs
Lola and Brandy are best buds. And I love coffee. And bright flip flops.

Well, that’s about all I have to say for now.

I should probably get back to working on my senior research project. I’m doing a content analysis of the Livestrong Foundation’s response to Lance Armstrong’s admission of doping in January 2013. It’s an interesting topic, but the actual project is hard work!

Have you ever completed a research project? What was the topic?

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 😉