Tuesday was the college’s leadership awards, and as a student leader (President of our Latina organization on campus, Latinas Unidas) I was invited. I was also recognized as part of Who’s Who Among America’s College Students. It was a great night that really acknowledged all the hard work that students do to create programs and promote awareness of different issues within the community.
A little fun was had with the balloons afterward 🙂
Yesterday (Thursday) was our Spring Annual Research Conference. Students (mostly seniors) are able to present what they’ve been working on and show everyone their findings. It’s a really great thing to have on campus that we all feel pretty lucky to have. Most students have been doing research for the semester leading up to this. However, I’ve been working on mine for a year!
It was an extra stressful week leading up to the conference. I was finalizing data analysis, creating my presentation, practicing, timing, and organizing everything. I was so afraid that I wouldn’t be ready.
Then, yesterday, it all came together! My presentation went smoothly and a lot of people actually came to watch. Only a few were my friends to support me but the rest were honestly interested in the subject. It felt good to give a presentation on what I’d been working on for so long that people enjoyed. A few of my deans and professors also came out. Celebrity status, ha.
Most of my presentation won’t make sense without me talking and explaining everything, but here are my title and thesis slides!
It’s been a great and busy week. This weekend begins the paper writing. Over 50 pgs in the next week need to be written, so I’ll be keeping busy still! Here we go!
The photographer put up pictures today from my school’s Spring Fling dance a couple weeks ago and they turned out pretty cute! (I’m only a little biased)
We had so much fun getting all dressed up together and dancing! It was definitely a great study break that we needed to get us ready for the coming weeks. I am going to miss these ladies something fierce when I move but I am so so blessed to have met them in my time here. They’ve been there through think and thin and I know we will continue to be close in the future.
I’ve been keeping busy with school, events, and trying to spend as much time with my friends here as possible in between research and other work.
This past week has been full of a lot of reflecting, reading, thinking, and realizations.
I am exactly 3 weeks from graduating from college (!!!) and things are getting REAL. Experiencing things with my friends here “for the last time” has been getting rough and emotional for us all and at this point when someone talks about they are usually met with shhhh’s and “noooooo!” But the thing is, whether we talk about it or not, May 11th is going to be a hard day. It will be SUCH a happy day though. My family will be here, I will graduate. I will be done. But, like I’ve said before, I have a hard time letting go of friends.
So it’s been a somewhat quiet week around here as we all keep on keeping on through these next few weeks.
I did take my little ones to the LUL probate this week and took them out with me. They are so fun. LUL is the frat that I’ve worked with a lot through the years and I’ve become really close with the guys. I’m going to miss them too! My first-years are fun ladies so taking them and introducing them to everyone was really enjoyable. I felt like a proud mama watching as they became more comfortable with themselves throughout the night.
Today we had our senior brunch at Dean Lee’s house, and we ate omelets and she read Dr. Seuss to us and then gave us each a book! It was such a fun time and an opportunity that I know wouldn’t happen at any other school. I have been so blessed to be a part of this community.
Tomorrow I have plans to go out with my friend Syedah and take some senior pictures so that we can have some pretty spring pictures. I’ll share some results when we come back!
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers—so many caring people in this world.” -Mr. Rogers
I think it is important to remember in times like these when tragedies like what happened in Boston today occur that there is still good left in the world. I’ve seen a lot of Facebook statuses today about people “giving up on the world” or “losing faith in all people and humanity.” My heart hurts and absolutely goes out to those affected by this and their families. May they find peace in this chaos and comfort among this loss and confusion.
I don’t want to give up. I want to believe that there is absolutely still good in the world and that there are helpers everywhere, every time.
This past weekend was lots of fun and filled to the brim with friends, food, and of course- homework.
First, on Friday morning I rang the bell! Ringing the bell is a huge tradition at Agnes Scott. As a senior, when you get into grad school or accept your first real job, you get to go up to the bell tower and ring the bell to let everyone know about your accomplishments. It was definitely a proud moment for me and I was shaking most the time. Afterward I was so happy and nervous I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry or both! It was a lot of fun!
After that I had my usual Friday mornings (for LU and such) and then walked out on the quad to see this cute kid! My friend Emma babysits him and they came to visit campus for a bit. He is my favorite and gives me my baby fix when I need it. He’s super adorable and so happy.
Then Friday night was Spring Fling! I thought about not going, but my sweet friends convinced me to put on a pretty dress and go have fun and I am so glad they did. We had a blast hanging out and dancing the night away. I also got my palm read and apparently I have the mark of an educator (surprise), will have 3 kids and be married once. I’ll take it! I’ll be excited to see our “professional” pictures from that night and I know Camille has some on her camera too but for now I have these! (featuring my loves Larricia, Camille, and Megan)
Saturday was for recovering from the exhausting night (my feet were definitely hurting!) and getting work done. At night though, Megan and I decided to go to Panera because of the wedding happening on campus. My GPS took us in a round-a-bout way to get there but it meant we drove through a neighborhood of beautiful houses that we drooled over and said “someday” about. Then we discovered this adorable little park! It was so fun!
And of course, knowing me, I had to get in the water! I took a little trip across the creek to “look for gators” and splash around a little.
Sunday was a relaxing day with lots of class reading and napping and Netflix watching. A good weekend, overall. Now time for another week of classes and research! Hard to believe I’m only 26 days from graduation!
I’ve been having a lot of trouble with this lately.
I’m having trouble letting go of so much in this big transition phase of my life. And of course I mean in addition to the actual “things”- so many clothes and dorm stuff that I won’t be able to take with me.
Since I’m feeling a little complain-y, I’m going to let myself have today to think about one of the biggest things I feel like I’m going to learn to have to live without.
This is huge. I know my girls will always be there for me, regardless of distance and time differences. They are the kind of people and we have the kind of support system that can and will last. I will have them over the phone and Skype and such, but it won’t quite be the same. They won’t be there for middle-of-the-night study breaks at Waffle House and they won’t be able to be by my side in a matter of minutes the way they can here. (And I won’t have Waffle House!)
We’ve built up a truly amazing sisterhood over these past four years and it’s hard to think about what I’m going to do when I won’t be seeing them every day. It’s wonderful to know that I have these powerful and strong women surrounding me. When one of our friends is in need, we rally. We support. We love. No longer having that immediate support is going to be strange and difficult for sure. I’m not sure that people find these kinds of friendships on a regular basis. I don’t know if I’ll make friends that I can become this comfortable with in Boise. Or wherever I end up after that. As exciting as this step is, it’s scary.
I know that I’m doing the right thing by making this move. I will have a good job, a place to stay, and I will be closer to my family. Right now, this is what I need to do and what will be best for me. It’s just hard to think about leaving this city that I love and where I’ve built my life.
I have a lot of life ahead of me, I know that, but it’s hard to see that right now.
“But teachers don’t make anything! You won’t be able to afford things!”
I’ve heard these things a few times lately as if I hadn’t thought about the financial implications of my job of choice. For me, money’s not what will determine my future career aspirations. I want to do something I’m passionate about and that I can enjoy. Right now, that’s teaching for me. That may change with time but for now I have a job that I love and that I don’t dread going to work to.
I may not get financial rewards or have fancy things, but I have enough.
And I have them:
Though these kids are some that I babysit rather than teach, I still believe that they are helping me to become a better teacher every day. I believe that building relationships with children is essential to being able to teach them and that understanding how they think and learn is incredibly important.
That’s enough for me, for now.
I will be the best teacher I can be. I will be poor and happy.