Thursday, January 15, 2015


It's hard to believe I'm about to start my last semester of college.  I don't feel like I've been at Sweet Briar for 3.5 years or that I've already finished seven semesters.  I'm not huge on making individual goals for a semester because I find that I'm a naturally driven person.  I know what needs to be done in order to attain the grades I want, and I don't feel like it's necessary to make goals or resolutions in order to do so.

Given it is my last semester, I've decided that some goals are necessary because I'll have more than just my usual school work on my mind.  I'm not a stickler when it comes to achieving each and every goal, word for word, but I don't think having a general outline for the semester will be detrimental.

Take classes seriously.
I'm only taking three academic classes this semester.  I'm able to do this because I took maximum course loads in past semesters, and I'm maintaining full time status by having an internship at a local artists retreat.  Because I do have so few classes, I need to focus on taking each of them seriously - especially since one of them is my senior thesis in Spanish.

Explore campus.
Sweet Briar's campus is over 3,200 acres, and I hate to say it, but I've probably explored very little of our huge campus.  There is so much natural beauty here, and since it's the last time I'll be living on this campus, I think it is necessary that I explore new places.  My friend Katharine and I have already said that we want to hike a few of the trails, spend more time out walking after dinner (in the spring, when it's light out!), and just embrace Sweet Breezy for everything it is.

Take weekend trips.
Like the last goal, because it's the last time I'll be living in the area, I want to embrace Central Virginia.  There are so many historical places, like Monticello, Appomattox, and Poplar Forest, within just an hours drive.  Additionally, my friends and I are hoping to spend a weekend at Katharine's cabin in Asheville, NC.  Not only will this be a great time to have a final "hurrah" with some of my closest friends, but I've always wanted to visit Asheville!

Cherish time with friends.
I'd say that I'm an introvert half the time, and an extrovert the other half.  I love spending time with friends, but I also value alone time.  I'm the kind of person that could not survive spending every waking moment with other people (and I learned this freshman year when I lived on a very social hall.)  I live in a dorm building that's isolated from the rest of the dorms, and people rarely visit my dorm.  Luckily Katharine also lives in my dorm, so we pop into each others rooms for quick study breaks (or to watch the newest episode of Special Victims Unit).  However, because I do live far away from most of my friends, I don't see them as often as I'd like.  This semester I want to make an effort to see them more often as I, sadly, don't know how much I'll see them after graduation!

What are you hoping to achieve this semester?


  1. Happy a fantastic last semester Rebecca! Let me know if you are ever in Cville :)