Endings And New Beginnings
WOW! It has been a while since I last posted something. Towards the end of the semester I became extremely busy with school, get togethers, wedding duties, and preparing for the next phase in my life. It all started in the middle of April when my sorority put on its annual Senior Week to celebrate all of the girls graduating in the coming weeks. That is also the week that I had more than an average amount of assignments due as well as a bridal shower and a bachelorette party that I attended--both out of town I might add! All of these events were very important to me for me to attend because it was an ending of a four year era in my sorority, celebrating the new beginnings that the bride to be was about to embark on, and work I deeply cared about.
The next two weeks were filled with even more social gatherings and of course finals. There were several people I wanted to see one last time before the end of the semester and I had several close friends graduating in less than two weeks. What free time I had was not spent in my house, but spent out with people; celebrating our accomplishments, friendships, and our impending futures. These last few weeks spent with my friends were especially important to me because early on in my college career, my advisor told me that I would not be graduating within four years. In order to finish all of my degree requirements I would have to go an extra year. I was devastated to say the least. However, I had a fantastic mentor in my sorority who helped me see that: 1. my world wasn't really ending 2. GOD's PLAN (maybe that should be 1 and 2?) and 3. I could actually shave my extra year down to just one semester. And that's exactly what I did. My summer before and after junior year were filled with summer school courses and my junior year was jam packed with credits. Now I only have 10 hours left plus a class I added for the fun of it! I had come to terms with the future I could see and prayed that God would guide me through the part of the future I couldn't see. I became okay with the fact that I get an extra semester to figure everything out, in fact, I'm now grateful that I'm not a graduate just yet.
Now, I would be lying if I said those last weeks of the semester weren't difficult for me because they were; a lot of my friends were graduating. Still I made the best of it; I got together with as many people as I could fit into my schedule and then some, I got to support my friends and watch them walk across the stage as they received their diploma and to top it off I made some amazing memories along the way. I also learned a few lessons as well. One of those is there is always something great in every situation. I wasn't graduating like I had planned, I felt like a failure because of this, but really I was failing to see what was really in store for me. The opportunities I now have because I'm staying are better than I could have ever expected, plus I have several newly graduated friends that I can help support and hopefully visit in the near future.
Below are a few highlights from my last couple weeks in school.
The good: extended period to save money before being completely on my own, the ability to work at a place I love that is in my field of work, the memories I made during my 4 years in my sorority as well as with the friends that have graduated, the ability to build on friendships I have that will be here this summer and in the fall, and last but not least, the lesson of taking things day by day and how that makes you 10X more fulfilled mind, body, and spirit. Finding the good in every situation helps make it less of a situation. You get through it and maybe even have some fun along the way. I'm a major planner, but you can't plan your future. Having this bump in the road has really helped me be more open to many possibilities of life!
I'm proud to go to OU, I'm proud of my major and minor, and I'm proud that I get the chance to even have an education like this, even if it takes me a little longer to finish. I have had some of the best years of my life and I'm truly excited to have one last semester at the best university! After those crazy last few weeks, I got to visit my parents. I decided to scale back from social media. I did the occasional snap chat or insta story (on my personal page), but I needed time to recuperate from the nonstop of the semester. Now that I'm back at my apartment and things have slowed down a bit, I'm ready to hit the ground running on my blog. I've been creating a list of ideas and I can't wait to share with you all some art, life, and fashion! Breaks are important. We all need them because we definitely need rejuvenation and recharge or else we will crash and burn. This summer is special because it's my last summer as a college student, however, my first one with no summer school. My "homework" is all blog related so be on the lookout for updates, posts, and pictures coming your way!
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*Photos by Theresa Allison