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As most of you know, school started for me last Tuesday. Boy, did I forget how busy I am during the semester. Assignments and activities are already piling up!
Seriously, just look at my schedule! I barely have time to breathe
I’ve had 5 days of classes so far and I think I’ll like them. I mean, none of my classes make me want to bang my head against the wall, so that’s a plus 🙂 I’m officially a junior now (eek!) which means I’m in all upper-level courses (except for one course in my minor.) My Organized Crime course is a 400-level, writing-intensive course and Victimology is a 500-level! Talk about intimidating!
I also will be starting my undergrad research project as part of the McNair Scholar’s program. I’m honestly really overwhelmed by the whole process… It’s pretty intimidating, knowing that I’ll be doing research just like a graduate student would. I’m also incredibly intimidated knowing that I’ll have to present my research at a professional conference. I can barely speak to my own classmates, let alone people with Ph.D.s!
I know that the insanity of my current schedule will be worth it when I get my Ph.D. in approximately 10 years. If it weren’t for a professor-turned-mentor who gave me such inspiring advice during my first semester of my freshman year, I wouldn’t have even dreamed that I could ever go on for a Ph.D.
One of the perks of being a McNair scholar is that we get to go on cool retreats. Work is involved, as we usually spend all day in meetings. The previous weekend’s retreat, which was hosted at Kentucky Dam Village, concerned our research projects. I gained a lot of valuable information from the retreat and I feel a little less overwhelmed by the whole process. Also, the the food was delicious and the view of the lake was amazing! (I failed to take a photo of the lake at night, but let me tell you it was breath-taking!)
Here are a few photos from the retreat:
The, um, colorful bedding and pillows. The curtains matched the striped pillows.
Look at that beautiful sky! Oh how I would love to be out there on the water!
And it’s back to textbooks and class notes. Oh, it’s a scholar’s life for me!