Season of Lasts, Season of Firsts

We’re already halfway through the first month of 2016, and already I feel as though the year is going too quickly. 2016 is an important year for many reasons, not the least of which that it is the year I complete my undergraduate degree. As with everything, I naturally have a lot of feelings about this.

Funnily enough, as I handwrite this post, I’ve hit one of the pages of my journal that is illustrated with an inspirational quote. The one opposite my page reads, “I do not bring back from a journey quite the same self that I took.” Never before has that felt so true.

This semester I am entering a season of lasts, as I have already begun to experience—last winter break, last football game, last class registration. It is reminiscent of my senior year of high school, where a friend and I went to such extremes as to say “This is the last time we’ll be sitting on the couches in the green room staring at this baffling picture of sheep” during a final drama performance. Lasts are hard, but they’re also reminders of the things you have established as important, the things that define you in whatever adventure you are leaving (look, I spent hours staring at that sheep painting).


I still see you, lurking in the background of photos.

However, I am also reminded that there are a lot of firsts happening in my life as well. I’m hoping this post can serve as a bit of a life update—partially because I’m dreadful at regular blog posting and fell off the wagon last semester, and partially because it’s easier to compile everything in one place. Here’s what’s happening this semester:

  1. I am graduating from college, which is scary and sad and exciting but is also certainly something I’ve never done before. I will be graduating with a BA in English, a minor in French, and a designation from the Creative Writing Track.
  2. My spider senses are detecting that your next question involves plans after college. My answer has been lost by the postal service.
  3. Although the semester hasn’t started yet, I am confident I have a perfect schedule, which includes no classes on Monday and Friday and a Children’s Lit class with a prof I had my first semester of college. I love parallels.
  4. Then, to completely destroy my perfect schedule, I am working two jobs at the Writing Center, going to the ICCA competition with my a cappella group, and assistant directing a play for the first time in my life. In addition, a ten minute play I wrote is being produced, and I’m acting in two short films.
  5. Almost my entire immediate family is coming to graduation in May, which is so exciting because I can finally show off this city that I’ve grown to love so much. Maybe I’ll take them to Union—that should impress them.

In short, thank you to everyone who has made these opportunities possible, everyone who has encouraged me to take chances and say yes to new experiences. I do not bring back from a journey quite the same self that I took, and I am so grateful that I am still adding to the list of things that shape who I am here at Iowa.

Now it’s time to step into the fray. And the -25° wind chill.

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