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Exciting News

Hey guys! I hope everyone is having a good week so far. I just wanted to pop in and share some exciting news.

A few weeks ago, I was asked by one of my communications advisers to be the editor of Penn State New Kensington’s student newspaper, The Nittany Pride

I said yes!

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It’s seriously amazing how I continue see God’s hand in my life. A few months ago, I was really upset about dropping my meteorology class because I knew it would put me behind a semester.

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(^That is a screenshot from part of the post about dropping the class. I’m so glad I trusted God with His plan for me!)

I decided that I would spread my senior year out over three semesters, instead of cramming in an extra class on top of the tough senior classes I have to take. The awesome thing about spreading out my credits is that I now get to take less classes per semester.

So, where am I going with all of this? The bottom line is that if I didn’t drop meteorology, I wouldn’t had the time to commit to being the editor of the school paper. At the time, I didn’t understand why I just couldn’t do well in that class. Then I felt guilty for dropping it, but decided to trust that God would work everything out in some awesome way. He totally did. As usual.

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These are some of my articles published in previous issues:
Pit Bull Terriers: Friend Or Foe?
Animal Protectors Committed to Helping Local Strays
The Importance of Sun-Protection
Leasing Company Helps Landowners With Marcellus Shale
PA TEA Party Grows, Organizers Stand Behind Cain

I have a few more articles that will be in the next edition of the school paper, which is going to be published tomorrow or Monday. Exciting!

I feel extremely blessed to have this opportunity. I know that being the editor of the school paper is a lot of hard work and responsibility, but I’m also really excited to learn and grow through the next few semesters that I will be holding this position.

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Freedom

After much internal debate, crying, praying, and talking with my parents and favorite communications professor/adviser, I decided to drop meteorology from my schedule.

Bye bye textbook that I wasted $92.00 on.

I wasn’t earning a low grade in the class (I had a 91% when I dropped it), but I was on my way to a low grade and more importantly, a possible nervous breakdown. I took 15 credits this semester, which is normal for me. Because I’m a junior, all of my classes are getting tougher and tougher.

Bye bye stupid clouds.

Meteorology was giving me a hard time. I was spending hours upon hours studying the textbook, taking notes, and reviewing. I guess I just wan’t getting it because my test grades kept dropping, despite me devoting more time to the class each week. I started out with test grades in the 90% range, then 80s, then 70s, and my last test grade was a 66.7%.

At that point, I had a decision to make: keep spending more time on concepts that I don’t understand and a class that is seriusly stressing me out or drop the class and probably graduate one semester late. I had never dropped a class before, so it felt like a big deal, especially considering the consequence. I really try to commit to my studies and give my full effort, so it felt like I was giving up.

Bye bye radar images that I don’t understand.

I decided to drop the class because I was too stressed out. I wasn’t taking care of myself at all. I was seriously on autopilot in my life. All I did each day was run, study, go to school, eat, and sleep. I was having to ignore the important relationships in my life, and I wasn’t putting my relationship with Christ first. I was miserable and anxious.

Yes, I will probably have to graduate one semester late. Oh well. It’s all in God’s plan. What’s more important to me is knowing my limits, enjoying my life, and putting my relationship with God first.

To be completely honest, after I dropped the class, I still went through an internal struggle. I felt guilty for not taking care of myself and I also felt guilty for dropping the class. I quickly got over it once I realized how it felt to have a little bit of free time in my life!

Bye bye wind charts that make no sense.

It’s not that I didn’t like meteorology, I really did (aside from the math aspect of the class). The material was extremely interesting to be because I’m obsessed with the weather. Liking the class made it that much harder to drop it, but I knew it was the right choice for me. I also respect meteorologists so much more now!

Of course I feel like a weenie for only taking 12 credits this semester, but I’m continually learning my limits in life. Everyone is different, and I’m happy with my decision. So is Jimmy and my family because now I have stopped complaining, crying, and begging them to help me understand my homework. I now have freedom from the anxiety that was choking me, and for that I am thankful!

I am also so thankful to my awesome communications professor, Dr. Wood. She took the time out of her day (on the weekend, too!!) to email back and forth with me and advise me with full honesty. She’s the best.

Have you ever had to drop a class or make a tough decision with long-term consequences?