spring semester

Recent Eats

Hey there! Man, school has been keeping me busy lately. I think I’m still getting used to the new semester. Friday wraps up week number two for Penn State. It’s weird to think that some universities don’t start until Monday or Tuesday next week.

Here are some semi-recent eats:mintchipbrowniesMint chip brownies

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Peanut butter granola and 15 bean soup made with Kim!

cookiesWhite chocolate chip cookies made with Jimmy ❤

snackA snack of apple slices and peanut butter to dip them in!

biscuitsBaking powder biscuits. I found and used my grandma’s recipe, so that was fun and special. (Sorry I look so rough in the picture… that was the day after I had the flu #strugcity. My goofy face shows how excited I was to be able to bake and eat again!)

PicMonkey Collage3A giant salad and an apple pie that Jimmy and I made for a church gathering.

bananabreadBanana bread made with Hannah! She’s becoming a great little baker.

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That’s all I’ve got! I’m headed off to work in a few minutes. Time to motivate people and make em’ sweat!

What’s the best thing you’ve ate recently?

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 😉