Week 6

Hello everyone!

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the early fall weather! It was yet another busy week for my study and just in general, but that’s one of the things I love about being back in school.

Last weekend, my mom and I drove up to Pennsylvania to tour some colleges, and I think I have decided on my Early Decision school, which is very exciting. Coming back from that trip, I had a meeting with my college counselor, a math test to study for and take, an AP Shakespeare in-class essay, a golf match, and a million emails to send. I also worked on my college applications and revised my Common App Essay. Of course, I also had to make sure to celebrate my dog’s birthday on October 1st! We made him peanut butter pumpkin treats for the occasion.

Independent Study wise, I have been waiting for a few weeks to send out my survey at the right time. We keep postponing it for various reasons, but over this weekend, after a few last-minute revisions, I got the go-ahead from my advisors! I’m a little nervous to be analyzing the data while also writing another survey, but I think I’ll be fine. GoogleForms is amazing and has a feature that converts the answers into a spreadsheet for me. Stay tuned for the very first survey!

I’ve been comparing my attitude and mindset of this round of (semi) online school to last spring’s online school. I remember pretty much giving up last spring. I really didn’t care about my classes, I would do the homework last minute and not do my best on it, and I would sleep through asynchronous classes if I didn’t have to be there. I’d tell myself that I was going to take notes on the material that night or another time, but I never did. It became this cycle of not doing the work, not trying in class, not really understanding the material, and then not wanting to do the work because of it. Now, I am so much more motivated. Maybe it’s the new classes or the time of year or how I can see the people I want to see most, but the difference is night and day. I really think being able to physically be around my support system, my bubble if you will, helped change this mindset. Even if I don’t want to do work right that second, at least I have my friends around me (6 feet away, of course). I think this simple distinction makes all the difference in the world.

“Keep me where the light is” — John Mayer

–kathleen

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