Don’t worry, this isn’t nearly as ominous as it sounds! Though, that might depend on your own personal perspective.
On Monday, I start the final semester of my undergrad. I’m a huge mix of excited and nervous — this is it, the final countdown. I haven’t decided whether I’ll pursue grad school, but either way: this is the end of my undergrad.
I’ll be the first one in my family (besides my mom’s sister) to get a college degree. When I was younger, this felt like a lot of pressure. It felt like everyone was counting on me to be the first to succeed. But then I was also the first of my entire family to study abroad for a year. I’m also the first in my family to learn a second language and become bilingual. I’ve been the first for a lot of things, and it’s really helped my confidence because I’m not usually the first.
I’m taking 6 classes this semester, but that’s nothing new. I took 6 classes last semester and managed. It’s a lot and sometimes I fall behind, but if I keep a list of everything I need to do then I can manage it all. This semester I’m only taking 4 really hard classes (upper-division), so I think I’ll figure it out. I took 5 upper-division courses last semester! ☠️
- Introduction to World Archaeology — I’m looking forward to this class because I really enjoyed the anthropology class I took a few semesters ago, and I’m hoping this is taught by a teacher with a similar vibe.
- Pilates I — I’m actually really excited for this class because I want to start exercising more, and I think taking a class twice a week that I’m required to attend might help me kick into gear! I want to run at the school gym on Tuesdays and Thursdays too.
- Fundamental Business Writing — I took the sister class to this last semester (Fundamental Technical Writing), so I’m hoping this class isn’t too bad in comparison. At least I already have the textbook…🤷🏼♀️
- Themes of Literature — This class is going to be awesome. We’re reading books like George Orwell’s 1984 and Ghost in the Shell! I can’t wait to dive into this class. Apparently, the theme is different every semester and depends on the professor teaching the course.
- Postcolonial Literature — I honestly don’t know much about this class but I needed it to fulfill a degree requirement in order to graduate. I’m hoping it’s a good class and doesn’t kill me, but all of the professor reviews are terrible so…pray for me everyone.
- Controversy in Gender and Race — I love taking women’s studies classes in college because the discussion that goes on in the classroom is awesome. People have so much to say! I’m really excited for this one and I’m hoping it’s as good as the last women’s studies course I took.
I’m looking forward to my women’s studies, themes of literature, and pilates classes the most. 🤩 I’m always nervous about professors, but I really hope that I get some good ones this time.
The only other wall to climb before graduation is taking a Japanese language test for the Japanese department at my school. They want me to prove (their words) that I can speak Japanese. 🤦🏼♀️ It’s a pain in the ass test and will take up quite a bit of my time (I have to take it twice), but it’ll get me to graduation and that’s all that matters.
Here’s to a new semester, and with a little hard work and dedication it’ll be my last one! 🥂1