Seven days until I’m 20 years old and a couple days after that, I will have completed my second year of college. Where has the time gone? I simply can’t believe it! I couldn’t be more thankful for all of the activities and responsibilities that I have been a part of this semester, which have kept me quite busy, making time fly faster than I ever could have imagined. One of the most important and significant ideas that I have learned this semester, though, is how to make tough decisions. I have been given so many wonderful opportunities lately, that I’ll explain more on in a bit, but those have also required for me to learn how to prioritize and determine what is most advantageous for me to participate in.
Last night, after a pretty emotional graduation ceremony for our departing seniors in Phi Mu, I turned in my BU Cheerleading uniforms for the last time. After extensively weighing out the pros and cons with my parents, grandparents, friends, and colleagues, I have chosen not to return to the cheer team. I have been asked to stay at my internship with Community Foundation through the summer and fall semester, and potentially beyond, which is great news but has therefore made me realize that there is simply not enough hours in the day to participate in every single activity that I want to participate in. When telling my coach the great news about my internship, I felt so sad having to follow it up with the fact that I was not returning next year. She completely understood where I was coming from, and urged me to focus my time and efforts on school and my internship, which definitely provided me with comfort. I’ll still be cheering on my Knights at as many games as I can attend, but from the stands as opposed to the sidelines. The love for the Knights and for cheerleading will always remain.
The popular saying, “when one door closes, another door opens” is incredibly holding true for me lately. As the semester has been coming to a close, I have been spending the majority of my days either hosting or attending events, while trying to balance preparing for finals and sleeping! The Teacher Appreciation Dinner that I was talking about in my last blog post could not have gone better. It was a complete success and it was great seeing how my hard work paid off. A handful of Phi Mu girls and I hosted a dinner for 33 happy teachers, telling them more about Phi Mu as both the chapter and nationally, and even giving away some pretty cool gift cards. I definitely feel that teachers do not always get the credit they deserve, and it was wonderful getting hugs and handshakes from teachers I would not have known, and seeing all of their appreciation for being honored and recognized. I’m already excited to do it all again next year!
The day after the dinner, I had to get ready for Relay for Life. I had never been to one of the Relay events before, so I was excited to see how they work. It was great to see so many students, teachers, and other people of the BU community all join together to fight against cancer. I worked one of the night shifts with my Phi Mu sisters and our table actually won the “Most Creative” award. Our Cinco de Mayo theme was a blast!
More recently, this past weekend presented me with so many opportunities that it was almost overwhelming. I was awarded a special scholarship this past summer, called the Dan R. Ison scholarship, and since I was the first recipient, I was invited to attend the Heritage Society dinner to meet my donors. It was such an incredible experience… I can’t even put my feelings into words! I was honored to be the first person chosen for this scholarship, and to know that my donors believed in me so much that they would help me with some of my college tuition. They were absolutely wonderful, and getting to mingle with such extraordinary people at the dinner was such a great networking experience that I will never forget.
On another note, this past Friday night was our Spring Formal for Phi Mu. I had an absolute blast getting to hang out and dance the night away with my sisters and other friends. It was held at Culbertson West in New Albany, In. and I had a great time!
After a late night from formal, I just spent the majority of my Saturday (from 6:45am to 4:00 pm) working the KnightU event as a student ambassador. I had a wonderful group of incoming freshmen and though it was quite the long day, it went by pretty fast!
This weekend has served as a reminder that there is always, always, always something to be thankful for. Though times can be stressful, I am so thankful that I have been given the privilege of being pulled in all of these directions, because in the end it’s always worth it. Having to attend at least one meeting for Phi Mu a week has turned out to be so valuable. Holding a high position for Bellarmine Communications Association starting next semester will provide itself with challenges, but ones that will be of such reward when they’re done. Taking hard classes will also prove themselves worthwhile too. I can’t wait to see what life has in store for me soon, but until then, I will continue to be thankful for what I’ve been given.
Don’t forget: the dogs are coming back!! For this semester’s finals, the ARC will be providing Canine Exam Proctors again to give us some stress relief! Sign up outside the ARC soon – times will fill up quickly!
Song of the day: Good Life by One Republic ft. B.O.B
I’m surprised I hadn’t used this song before. It always reminds me of how great truly life is and makes me happy for what I have. Enjoy!