Saturday, May 2, 2009
Thursday, December 18, 2008
The semester, happily, ended well for me--and I needed that 4.0, so I'm quite pleased with how finals went down. Of course, there was a lot of stress involved, particularly in the two week period between Thanksgiving and Christmas break. I finally, as a senior, pulled my first all nighter! The sad part is, I didn't really need to stay up all night to finish that last paper...I finished it around 2:30am and decided that it would be fun to stay up until 5. Strangely enough, it was! I suppose that's just a college experience everyone has to have at some point.
My grad school apps are still in progress--most of my information is out to the four big schools I'm applying to, and I'm spending some of the break working on the last pieces for the seminary applications. Both of the smaller seminaries should have rolling admissions, so hopefully I'll hear back from them fairly soon after my application is complete and on file--the other schools don't pass down their admission decisions until March, which makes me think I'll be a stressed out little chica that month. But what can I say? I've put my best foot forward on my personal statements, the GRE went well, and my grades are about as good as I can ask for. I'll just wait and see how everything falls out!
Waiting tonight to see if we get the ice storm they've been predicting for us...only a few days after a really heavy snow! This seems very atypical of KC winter weather, but I'll be happy if we can get one good dump of packing snow so me and my friends can go sledding and build a snowman. (Because really, isn't college just a time to relive all the awesome stuff you did as a kid?)
Updates whenever there's something interesting to tell!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
So what have I been doing? Well, I have one grad application happily finished (for the Graduate Theological Union--I visited in October and *loved* it!) and three more in progress. There are another two schools that I'll be applying to, but their deadlines are much later...so I'm worrying less about them right now.
Classes are crazy and fun! Right now I have about 3 big projects creeping up on me...hopefully I'll be able to head them off this week, which is remarkably less busy than the rest of the month. I never thought I'd say this as a senior, but I'm actually looking forward to the semester being over soon! (Of course, that doesn't mean that I'm ready for my last semester to *start,* but I'm getting there.
Registered for classes a week or so ago--my last semester at Rockhurst is going to be exactly what I would want--ALL Theology and English! I'm taking a lighter load so I can be doing prep work for grad-level study--my Theo profs are going to make sure I've read all the major texts before they send me off. Have I mentioned that my profs are amazing? They are.
I'll be spending a lot of this weekend revamping my personal statement for another school--the almighty Notre Dame! It's so encouraging to have one application off my plate that I'm very eager to get another one gone as well...it's just not a terribly fast process, once you get into it :-P
Anyway, it'll all be worth it in the end (I hope!) I get almost all of my admission decisions in March, though, which makes me rather nervous...since I'll have about a month in which to decide the next 2 years of my life, based on any offers I get. Keeping my fingers crossed!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
It's amazing. And two of my roommates have serious decorating talent, so when we're finished, this place will be the envy of all Rockhurst students everywhere. It's a gratifying feeling :-)
We've only had 3 days of classes, but this will be an enjoyable semester for me. My courseload is heavily Theology (9 of my 16 hours), and all of my Theology classes are actually focused more on small religious movements and non-Christian religions, which is very exciting to me. (I suppose that actually makes them Religious Studies classes, not Theology classes). It's also a nice preparation for my grad school study, since I would love to do work in comparative religions.
As far as that grad school search goes, I'm finally down to a final list of 5 schools I'm definitely applying to and a handful of maybes. My goal is to go fast and furious on my top three school applications, and then send out any more apps I have time for. I'm taking the GRE in October (can't say I'm looking forward to it, but it's a necessary evil), and other than that my personal statements are going to be dominating my life for awhile. In the meantime, I'll probably be making the rounds in our Theology department asking for advice on how to make my application stand out and what to expect at the graduate level. Lucky me, Rockhurst's Theology staff is second to none...in my opinion, we literally have no professors that are less than amazing. I think it's one of the reasons why so many Rockhurst students end up leaving here with at least a Theology minor.
This Friday is a quiet one for me...tomorrow I'm going to a leadership institute with all our new freshman honors students, since I'm an honors mentor this year. I'm pretty excited about it--our honors program has become much, much more than it was when I began here a few years back, and I love the fact that we're getting freshman involved early on so they can keep this student association going.
That said, I have a decent amount of homework I want to tackle tonight, so I'll sign off.
Until next time!