I have been meaning to update since like three weeks ago (I swear!), but sophomore year is no joke.
My current "short-term" to-do list:
- Go to my first Korean student tutor session tomorrow (my tutor is a first year student :D )
- Attend a workshop for the 2016 International Roundtable as part of my Geography class
- Write a paper outline for my International Politics class (Eeeep! Someone tell me everything about realism.)
- Perform with the chorale for the Family Fest concert
- Study for my Spanish exam over poetry (I think I can analyze poetry better in Spanish than in English now)
My current "long-term" to-do list:
- Start study away application for Spring semester of 2018 (more info to come)
- Follow up on tasks after my meeting with the CDC (Career Development Center)
- Start applying to internships for summer 2017 (hopefully well-paying internships in a corporate setting)
- Declare an International Development concentration (gah!)
- Start applying to scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year (Essays. More essays.)
Since Jennifer and I bought a tapestry for our dorm wall (the scene is from Tangled, the Disney movie), we decided to have an informal selfie photoshoot to get rid of some academic stress. It also helped that the Mid-Autumn Festival was that day, so the paper lantern background was extremely fitting for the occasion.
Both of us are treading carefully in this relationship since we have heard about best friend-turned-roomies horror stories. We decided to having weekly bonding/check-in sessions to gauge each other's emotions and stress levels. It might sound a bit over-the-top but we do have to live with each other for an entire year, so being able to understand each other on an emotional level is a definite must. While it is true that we are each other's closest friend at Macalester, we are both making an effort to branch out and to make friends that run in other social circles. For me, I became closer with two senior Bonners and made several acquaintances/friends through some of my classes. (Funny enough, I befriended another Jennifer with whom I shared Spanish classes. She's also from Atlanta) I'm also a bit more involved this year, so I also interact with more people who are not in my year. So far, Jennifer and I are doing great socially in balancing time with each other and time with others. I have no doubt that we will be able to live together for the entire year without any animosity towards each other (maybe a bit of annoyance, but that's it). #siblinglove #Bonnerlove
As you can tell from my to-do lists at the beginning of this blog post, I am already freaking out about my life post-graduation. In addition to the infamous "sophomore slump" when everything loses its novelty in college and everything hits you at the same time, I'm also experiencing a mid-college crisis. Now that I officially declared my International Studies major, I am thinking about potential career paths. For years, I visualized myself working in a corporate setting and being able to utilize my language skills. However, I'm feeling doubtful since I've never had first-hand experience in a corporate setting. The desperate need of a paid internship that also fits my academic/career needs gave me so much pressure to do well and start everything early; money isn't going to grow legs and walk to me anytime soon.
This feeling of anxiety and aimlessness led me to set up an appointment at the CDC. By the time I walked out of their office, I felt like a huge burden has been lifted from my back. There are no words that can explain the amount of help that I received over the 30 minute session. I got feedback for my updated resume. I learned the basics of writing a summary on LinkedIn. I learned about alumni informational interviews and using them to learn about the career paths of different alums. I walked out feeling prepared to write cover letters for internship positions in business analysis and finance industries. (casual plug: if anyone have any summer internship opportunities regardless of field, please remember me and contact me!)
I'll try to see if I can update more frequently, but midterm papers and deadlines are already coming up, so I can't guarantee anything. Maybe next weekend....since Jennifer won't be on campus and I won't be going anywhere...
Until next time!
Happy beginning of fall (aka almost winter in Minnesota)!
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