Well, if you didn’t catch the Lil Wayne reference in the subject line, that’s because you’re not nearly as familiar with Weezy as you should be. It’s also in anticipation of me reuniting with one of my very best college friends this week, Ari, during a trip to Richmond for Hokie Day.
The first week of classes is officially over! Since we enjoyed the Martin Luther King holiday on Monday of last week, with no classes, we didn’t begin until Tuesday. This semester I am taking 12 credit hours. My courses are named College & University Administration, Assessment in Higher Education (Seminar), and the College Student and the College Environment. I am taking a fourth course called “practicum” where I am working a 10 hour/week internship in the Event Planning Office in Student Centers and Activities. This is going to be a fun semester. Add the above time commitments to my two graduate assistantships (McNair Scholars and the Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives for the Graduate School) and I’ve got a VERY full plate!
I apologize for not updating the blog as diligently as I did over Winter Break but, truth be told, the same exact thing happened at the beginning of the Fall 2012 Semester as well. You start getting all of your syllabi, and spending a lot of time deciding when office hours and what not will be, and you really just loose track of time! This is why I have sat down to give one big, overview blog update with a few highlights from the first week of class, and will share what I’m looking forward to in the second week.
This upcoming week is somewhat of a shortened week for me because I will be spending Wednesday and Thursday in Richmond, Virginia lobbying to the general assembly on an issue that is very important to me: higher education funding in the state of Virginia. I have blogged about Hokie Day in the past, but if you’re not familiar with what Hokie Day is feel free to use the search box to the left side of this post, and you can go back and search old blog posts.
First week highlights…
- Officially accepting a position as the Graduate Assistant for the University Studies and Academic Advising Center at Virginia Tech for the 2013-2014 academic year.
- Finding out the getting mail from the post man is kind of like living in a time capsule, but it’s the best possible time capsule that you could ever experience, at least for me right now.
- Realizing that my classes, while time-committing, will not be AS academically vigorous with what feels like hundreds of papers all semester – this semester, it will just feel like dozens!
- Spending a fantastic weekend easing back into Blacksburg with a lot of friends, some old and some new
Looking forward to in the second week…
- Hokie Day! And, basically, Richmond in general. It’s one of my favorite cities.
- Today, getting my matches through the Graduate Undergraduate Mentorship Program
- The Multicultural Alumni Advisory Board retreat this weekend
- The SUPER BOWL (I’m hopping onto the Baltimore Ravens bandwagon for this one, they are my mom’s favorite team and an old friend from high school plays wide receiver for them)!!
As I will spend a lot of time in the next few days preparing for and at Hokie Day, don’t expect any real updates, but until then…I hope you all have a great week, and find time to discover what are your own personal highlights/what you are grateful for everyday.
And P.S., I could never, EVER forget about you. You know who you are.