I did it! I graduated from college Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Sociology and Communication! I feel a complete weight lifted off my shoulders but it’s definitely bittersweet with the fact that I am now back home in Vermont and away from the place I called home for the past four years. Although there is so much I could reflect on throughout my whole college career, I thought I would reflect on my year and specifically my last semester as a college student.
As I did at the end of last semester, I reflected on goals that I had and talked about what I achieved and what I didn’t. Although I didn’t necessarily set goals this semester, I wanted to reflect on the overall year and use those goals as a guide.
My goals in Semester Reflection post were:
Be on time
Go to Bed Earlier
Participate in Class
Make this year count
Although being on time and going to bed is something I’m struggling with. I’ve definitely knocked out the last two out of the park this year and semester specifically. I only had two classes in person this semester and the rest online. However, I made sure to do good work and participate in both the in class and online setting. Especially in the online classes, I did good work and people took notice that was definitely cool.
Make this year count.
This year was the most important year of my college career. I finally started to get an idea of what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, which is amazing. I started getting involved in societies on campus such as PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) and The National Society of Leadership and Success which I hold the position of the Publicity Chair. Both these societies allowed me to learn more about myself, grow as a person, and meet some awesome people along the way. If you’re not involved on campus yet, you need to be.
I also got my first internship this semester which was amazing. I was working at a PR agency for major motion films and I was specifically the Warner Bros intern and because of that I was able to see advance screenings of movies, work on promotional campaigns both nationally and locally, and even hold a Warner Bros contest for my blog in my Unforgettable Girls Night post and send one of my subscribers movie passes along with promotional items! My internship was such an amazing experience and definitely reaffirmed my preconceived idea of wanting to work in PR. Although sadly I’m not continuing my work there due to moving, I’m definitely grateful for the opportunity and knowledge that I gained along the way.
Lastly, I got a new job as a waitress. Although being a waitress doesn’t sound too exciting, it really helped me grow as a person. Not only was I making more money than what I was used to at a frozen yogurt shop, but I was also working with tons of different people with completely different backgrounds for long hours (sometimes until 2 am!), and dealing with a fast-paced environment. Waitressing was also something that scared me. The idea of it made me so nervous, but after doing it for the past nine months or so, I have to say I’m pretty good at it and I’m happy that I took the job. Also because of this job, I was able to save and budget to visit Australia twice in the past six months! But in all seriousness, waitressing is hard work…make sure you tip your servers appropriately!
With all my extracurriculars I was constantly busy and although I wasn’t able to go out every weekend with my friends, I still made some great memories. I also learned that I’m a great multi-tasker and thrive when I’m busy which I think is an awesome skill to have. Although with days that I had off in the past I would get extremely bored, I’m looking forward to a couple of months off where I can just travel, relax, and focus on my blog. I have a lot of exciting things coming up on my blog so make sure to subscribe if you haven’t already.
Although I wish that I had this momentum my Sophomore or Junior year and garnered more experience and knowledge then, I don’t think I was ready for it like I was this year. Everything happens for a reason, I think this year was a perfect example of that.