(Re)starting Fresh

Today started my second full week of being back in school, and I’m already feeling a little overwhelmed. So far, my 15-20 hour work weeks combined with my 18 credit-hours of classes this semester are starting to make it near impossible to plan anything extra in my spare time, be it some personal quality time or plans with my roommate/boyfriend/other friends, etc. As it is, I’ve already skipped a few of my classes due to pure fatigue from staying up late the night before either studying or working (or both).

The fact that I’m feeling this exhausted and burned out so early on in the semester is definitely something of concern to me. Two weeks in, and I already need another chance to start fresh. Unfortunately, since my classes have already been paid for, dropping a class is not really an option, nor is working less hours at my job… unless, of course, anyone knows of a fairy godmother who magically pays college students’ bills out of the kindness of her sparkly little heart.

fairy godmother

Yep. Didn’t think so.

I am trying to stay optimistic though. Yes, I’m over half way through college. And yes, I’ve only got two more of the “best years of my life” left to experience until I am thrown, full-force, into the real world. But that’s also two more years that I should make the most of and discover new hobbies, make new friends, and go on some great adventures along the way. Why not take advantage of that?

So, I think one of the best ways I can prevent these next few months of school from swallowing me whole involves conducting a bit of a personal experiment on my part:  I am going to try to do one thing different each day that I wouldn’t normally do. It’s not always going to be something big or major, or even that interesting to talk about, but regardless, I want to try to have a minimum of one unique experience each day that I may not have otherwise done.

I’ve reached a point in my life where even though I should know what I want, I still have not a clue what to do with either myself or my life at all. I’m trying to figure it all out as soon as I can, but it’s harder than I thought it would be. In the meantime, I’m open to exploring all sorts of different things while I still have some extra time to spare. I think this “experiment” will help me find some new loves of people, places, and interests, while also helping to make sure this semester doesn’t quickly become a monotonous cycle of school, work, studying, more school, more work, and more studying.

I have faith that this is going to be a good year. :)

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Summer Polaroids Collection: #3

Summer Polaroids Collection: #3

This photo was taken about two and a half weeks ago (the same day as the previous Polaroid photo) at the Piedmont Park in Atlanta. My friend Billy was nice enough to show my friend Corey and I his favorite photo spot in the park, and I must say, he was totally right!

What I love the most about this gem of a photo spot is that it is one of the only places within the park that gives a spectacular view of the lake, as well as a stunning view of the Atlanta skyline :) Unfortunately, the buildings in the background didn’t come out as well as I would have liked, but I still think that the faded, ghost-y effect that developed instead looks pretty cool :)

This was my first time ever at Piedmont Park, and I really hope to go again sometime soon… preferably when it isn’t so unbelievably hot and humid outside :P

Oh, Hey There, WordPress…

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted last. I never thought that my summer would ever get as busy as it has. At the beginning of May, I came up with a mental checklist of  things that I wanted to accomplish over the summer break, including:

  • become CPR/First Aid certified
  • learn how to ride a bike (finally)
  • begin studying for the GMAT I will most likely be taking next school year
  • pick up my clarinet once again
  • do some thrifty apartment shopping
  • read a bunch of books (fiction, non-fiction, and business topics)
  • complete a few crafts for my new apartment
  • hang out with some friends from high school
  • try out new dinner recipes
  • (and of course) blog more often

Needless to say, I have unfortunately not been able to cross off a single one of those items  off my mental checklist. All I have been doing (and I really do mean ALL that I have been doing) these past 3 or 4 weeks is working endless hours at my job and reading endless stories for my World Literature summer class.

At least I’m being productive (not to mention making mad BANK!), but if it’s at the expense of my summer and my sanity, I’d much rather just work on my little summer checklist.

Thankfully, there are some nice things I can still look forward to this summer. First, my uncle is coming to visit from LA this coming weekend, which is awesome. Also, I’m moving into my new apartment in about three weeks or so, and I am SUPER excited about that! I can’t wait to get out of the apartment I am in now! I am also going on a week-long beach vacation the week after my summer class ends :) AND, I’ve made it so that my last day at work for the summer is July 11th, which leaves me some extra time before class starts up in August to get the things done that I actually WANT to do. :D YAY!

Now that I feel I’ve adequately quenched my thirst for procrastination, I should probably go write this essay that’s due tomorrow before I have to go in to work. Oy vey…