Finals have ended and grades are in. The semester is over and there is nothing left to stress over, right?
I am disappointed I did not receive the grades I wanted, especially with all the work I put in, but my husband has a great way of always putting things into perspective for me.
"You passed. Concentrate on what's coming next."
He's a man of few words. So I'm taking his advice (for once) and looking at all the things I was able to accomplish this last semester.
I learned that five classes is too big a load for me to carry, and four is my limit. Four is how many classes I signed up for next semester, and one is a de-stressing class. Power yoga anyone? Yeah, that's going to kick my butt!
I rocked my speech class, which I never expected. I enjoyed and understood astronomy and economics more than I thought I would. I kept trying to understand my math class, though my professors comments sometimes made me want to quit, and I am ready to try again with someone new. I have a support system in place to help me pass with a transferable grade this time.
I grew as a journalist. I joined the paper as a way to challenge myself to write in a different style. And what a challenge! I was sucked in immediately and somehow became the Editor-in-Chief. And though some deadlines were not reached and had to be pushed back, I am proud of what we were able to produce and now have a plan of action to not be so last minute. Even though I will admit, that last minute stress is a major high.
I became more involved in campus life, which was not in my plans when I returned to college. All of a sudden I have a better understanding of what the Student Government does (sometimes), how the college makes decisions, and how Student Life activities come about.
Most importantly, I learned that when you're the boss, you have to stay late to get stuff done, and sometimes that is killer. Midnight is a cake-walk when other deadlines have become overnights.
So even though I got a D in my math class, it's not a failure, it's a learning experience. While I let that class stress me out ALL semester, I am moving on to understanding what I was unable to grasp the first time around.
And that stress? I would make a New Year's resolution to combat it, but then I wouldn't, so let's just say that I have a plan to take care of it. To the best of my ability anyway.