Week of Stress

So this past week was the start of AP exams and it was definitely a very stressful week with lots of late nights with no sleep and tons of coffee.  I’m taking four AP exams total with three of them this past week and one of them this next week. The exams that I’m taking are AP Lang, AP Physics 1, AP Calc, and AP Psych and all the exams that required studying ended up being this week. On Monday, I had my AP Psych exam and I need a 4 on it in order to get credit for next year. The exam wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be and the multiple choice and free response parts weren’t horrible except for a couple of vocab words that I didn’t know the exact definition to. Therefore, I think I did good on the multiple choice and I would like to think I did good on the free response, but throughout the year we haven’t done that much writing and when we did, I never did extremely well.  That being said, I don’t know if I actually did well or not on that portion, but it counts as only 1/3 of the exam, so the it doesn’t have as huge of an impact. I would like to receive the credit for it, but if I didn’t, then that’s fine because I can take it as an honors class next year and get an easy A to help boost up my GPA. Then, on Tuesday I had my AP Physics exam and that was a little rough. I thought the free response was easier than the multiple choice, which I never thought once when I was taking tests in the class, but as always, I wished I had gotten more time. I feel like if I had gotten more time, especially for the multiple choice, I would have done a little bit better, but that can’t happen, so I’m hoping for the best. I need a 3 on this exam to get credit, which isn’t as much pressure as a 4, but if I don’t get the 3, then I’m fine with it. I don’t really need physics with my major, so if I don’t get the credit it’s not that big of a deal; in the end, it just looks good if I get the credit. I finally got a day as a break between exams and on Thursday, I got to ring in Cinco de Mayo with my AP Calc exam. There are four different parts to the Calc exam with two parts involving the graphing calculator and the other two parts with no calculator. I though the graphing calculator portions for the multiple choice and free response were easier than the no calculator parts and I even finished early for those portions, which trust me never happens. I need to get a 3 on this exam to get credit and I would really like to get the 3 because if I do, then I get 10 credit hours for math and I’m finished with math for the rest of my life (who-ooh!)! Then, I have AP Lang this Wednesday and I need to get a 4 on it to get credit and I would also like to get that credit as well, so I don’t have to take a language arts class in college. Therefore,  despite this stressful time of AP exams, it will hopefully all be worth it in the end!

Roommate Search

When I finally decided where to go to college, I hadn’t picked a roommate yet. I didn’t decide where I was finally go until late March/ early April and before I chose where to go, I hadn’t been looking for roommate at either college. Therefore, when I finally picked my college, which I picked kinda of late, but that’s in the past now, I didn’t have a roommate and the process to pick housing was coming up soon in the next week. So, I decided I would go random since I didn’t have time to find and get to know a roommate. I was a little nervous about going random based on what had happened to my brother. Three years ago, my brother was in the same position that I was and he was picking housing for his college and he chose to go random as well. However, unlike me, he had to send in paperwork of his top choices for dorms along with his top choices for rooms instead of picking his dorm and room online. Therefore, he didn’t get to know who was his roommate right away; instead, he had to wait until July to know who his roommate was.  This situation is a little different for me, but the part about going the random route for roommates was the same for both of us. Anyways, when he finally got his dorm, room, and roommate selections back, things turned out for the worst. My brother’s goal was to be in a double suite, which is two people in the same room who also have their own bathroom that they get to use instead of the community bathroom. However, he wasn’t placed in this room. Instead, he was placed in a single suite, where he was in a room all by himself, but he shared a bathroom with somebody else that was also in a single suite. He was disappointed, but he was pleased that he had least got to share a bathroom with someone, so he wasn’t completely alone. However, he didn’t even consider the fact that this person couldn’t be a freshman; this person ended up being a junior! Therefore, my brother’s dorm experience of going random wasn’t the best and thinking on this made a little scared that something similar would happen to me. Therefore, when the day came to pick rooms, I was originally all along going to pick a four person suite, which is kinda of like a small apartment. It is one big room with a small living area where four people  have their own bedrooms, but they share the same bathroom and living area. This room is a little more expensive, but my parents said since I got a full ride, it was fine if I went with the more expensive room. Anyways, that was my plan all along until it was 4:00 on that Monday and it was time to pick rooms. Then, I couldn’t decided if I should go with the four person suite or the traditional double. I kept on switching rooms and the people on the website probably thought I was crazy, but in the end I picked a traditional double and my random search of getting a roommate went great. My roommate is a freshman, she’s from Florida, and we have a lot of stuff in common, and she seems really nice. Therefore, despite my concerns of things turning out for the worst, it ended up turning out great and I’m excited for my dorm life next year!

Why I Chose my Major

When I was considering what to declare as my major, I immediately knew that I wanted to be a vet. For most of my life, I have always wanted to grow up and become a vet because I love animals. However, that dream was crushed due to how expensive vet school is and how hard it is to get a job as a vet. Plus, vets get paid very little for the amount of school they have to go through along with the price they have to pay to go through it. After this happened, I struggled to find another major that I was passionate about and kept bouncing from major to major until I found what I wanted to do. I finally decided that I wanted to become a Nurse Practitioner with a specialty in either neonatal or anesthesia and I was extremely excited about this for my future.  Therefore, when I go to Mizzou next fall, my major will be nursing and I will have to go to grad school to get my Doctorate of Nurse Practice. I decided to pursue this path because throughout my life, I have always seen nurses as the smiling faces at hospitals and doctors’ offices.  They are the ones who welcomed me and made sure I felt safe and comfortable while I stayed there.  Even if I was scared or didn’t understand what illness I had, it was always the nurses who made me feel better and more relaxed. Thinking back on these events is what inspired me to figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life and what my passion is. Furthermore, ever since I was little, I have always loved helping others and enjoyed the subjects of math and science. The innate desire to help people and care for them in their times of need has always been a prevalent aspect of my personality and the act of volunteering and helping others is a fulfilling part of my life and is something that I enjoy and cherish. To continue, math and science have been my favorite subjects in school since I started kindergarten. The work of problem solving and knowing the scientific aspects of our world and life has always interested me even when most found it boring or difficult. I thrive on being challenged in my education and personal life and I always want to lean more along with having new goals to achieve. Since nursing is such a diverse field with constant action and new learning opportunities every day, I felt drawn to chase this based on my auto didactic, helping personality as well as my love of education. Also, it’s rewarding to feel that my input, no matter how small, can have an effect on the lives of people that I will care for. As a nurse, I would not only be providing physical support by giving them medications and taking their vitals in order for their condition to improve, but also emotional support as they go through this “bump in the road” in their lives. This ability to help heal people on the inside and the outside is what in the end drew me to become a Nurse Practitioner as my future career path.

Summer Vacation Plans

In less than three weeks, I will be at my graduation ceremony and I will be finished with high school for good! I have been having a major case of senioritis these past couple of weeks and I have had no motivation to study or do anything that involves school and I can’t wait to be finished. I’m excited that school will be ending soon and that summer will finally start! As usual, I will do the same things this summer that I have done in the past: hang with friends, work, catch up on sleep, go to Cardinals’ games, go out to eat for dinner and lunch a lot, go shopping, and of course, relax. All these activities are fun and enjoyable, but my favorite part of summer is when I get to go on vacation with my family. Every summer, my family and I travel somewhere, which is usually to the beach, so we can see the ocean, get some sun, and hopefully get more tan as a result , but a couple of times we have traveled to the mountains. We usually stay in the U.S and we go to places in Florida, South Carolina, or other warm states in the South. However, since I’m graduating this year, my parents have decided that we are going to Punta Cana for vacation!  We just booked our flights and rooms a couple of days ago  and I’m really excited! We are going there Monday through Saturday in July and we each got separate rooms. I’ve never been to the Dominican Republic before but, I’ve heard it’s beautiful and lot of fun. I can’t wait to go there, relax, and have a great time! So far, this summer is looking pretty great!

What I Have Gotten out of this Class

When I first signed up for this class, I thought it was going to be an easy, simple class. I took it because I needed something to fill my schedule and based on what I heard from other people, I thought it wouldn’t be too hard. I thought I would go to the class, complete the assignments, and get an A without really learning or gaining anything from it. However, I was wrong. By taking this class, I have gotten better at writing, which is good, but at the same time weird and unexpected. I have taken two AP language arts classes and since they are AP classes, you expect that someone’s writing would improve. But, that didn’t happen. My writing pretty much stayed the same until this semester when I took this class. Then, my writing improved dramatically. Therefore, it’s a little ironic that two years of AP language arts classes, which are advanced, college -bound courses that are designed to make you more prepared for your future, didn’t improve my writing, yet a semester of a regular language arts class, which is supposed to be a blow-off class, did. This just helps show that AP classes aren’t designed to improve your ability at something, but instead are there to be tough classes that drag your GPA down. I wish I had known this before I was almost finished with high school; it would have been so helpful and saved me a lot of nights of stress and no sleep. But, the thing about life is that you’re supposed to learn from your mistakes and continue to live knowing how to not make them again. Therefore, the thing I have gotten out of this class is becoming a better writer overall, which for sure will help me in the future with college and grad school.

College Bound

For a while I didn’t know where I would be going to college. From applying and considering  six different schools to changing my major a good five times over the past six months, its been a long road that’s had its ups and downs at points along the way. A couple of months ago though, I narrowed it down to three colleges: University of Iowa, Arkansas, and Mizzou. I also finally figured out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life and decided to major in nursing.  Since I want to be a Nurse Practitioner in the future, I will also have to go to graduate school to receive my doctorate of nurse practice with a specialty in either anesthesia or neonatal. However, this week I finally narrowed it down to one choice and I decided to attend Mizzou in the fall!  A lot of different factors went into my decision to pick Mizzou and not the other schools.  First of all, I know a lot of people going to Mizzou and even though I do want to meet new people at college, I also wanted to know some people that were going to the same college as me. Mizzou also has one of the best nursing schools in the country, which will be great for my education and future, and I received a full academic ride to Mizzou, so I won’t be in debt when I graduate. Despite my love for Arkansas’ campus and my early-in to the nursing program at Iowa, Mizzou was ultimately the best choice for me and I can’t wait to be there!

Shrink a Century

From 2000-2011, my family and I went to my grandparents’ farm every summer to celebrate the Fourth of July with my aunt, uncle, and cousin. The air always felt thick and sticky with the presence of mosquitoes swarming around us like vultures and the sun beating down on us constantly. Every time we visited we would go to Hickory Park, which was only about fifteen minutes away from their house, but we would still drive there.  A huge lake made up of dirty green water and dotted with islands of green foliage was in the park along with a rocky beach. My brother, my cousin, and I would go swimming in it, but you could only swim out so far before you ended up at long piece of rope that signified the cutoff point for swimmers. After we would swim for a while, we would head back to the beach and eat lunch that  consisted of the usual: sandwiches, chips, soda, etc. I always hurriedly ate my lunch because my favorite part came next: paddle boats! We would purchase the paddle boats for an hour or two and we would spend the rest of the time seeing the other part of the lake.  Then, we went home, took showers to get the grimy lake water off of us, and have cheeseburgers for dinner. Afterwards, we would go outside as the sun started to set and catch lightning bugs with jars.  The next day would be the Fourth of July and to celebrate, the whole family would head into town.  We would drive to a parking lot where the rest of the town would be at and we would sit in the back of the car or truck.  We would then watch the blue, yellow, red, and purple balls of fire as they went up in the air and left behind sparks and smoke.   After watching the fireworks, we would go to a small bakery that my mom used to love when she was growing up and get warm, delicious chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, and sugar cookies.  Once we got home, we would go out and light sparklers.  We would watch the light dance through the darkness and would each end up lighting around five to seven of them.  We would go to bed that night exhausted, but happy and the next morning, we would get up and leave to head back home.

(Here’s a song that describes the patriotic mood of that time and that holiday)

B-day

So this past week was my 18th birthday and it was probably one of my best birthdays so far. I got three days to celebrate my birthday with one day being my actual birthday, another day being with my family, and the final and third day being with my friends. On Tuesday, it was my actual birthday and I got to start off the day with my free birthday drink from Starbucks. I got an Iced Caramel Macchiato, which is one of my favorite drinks at Starbucks, and then spent the rest of the day at school. Luckily, I didn’t have any major tests or quizzes that day and my mom surprised me by bringing me up Chick-fil-A for lunch. We didn’t go out to eat for dinner that night because my dad was out of town and therefore, wasn’t there for my birthday. However, he was getting back the next day so, we decided to wait and have my b-day dinner the next night.  Therefore, I opened up a few of my presents on Tuesday and I opened the rest on Wednesday when my dad got home. I knew what some of my gifts were going to be because I picked them out, but some of them were surprises.  Overall, I ended up loving all of my gifts! I got a new Kate Spade purse, some clothes such as a dress, earrings, and a gift card to Paperdolls Boutique from my parents. I got a Starbucks gift card from my brother and as usual, I got cash from all of my relatives. We went out to dinner on Wednesday to a restaurant called 54th Street Grill. It has a variety of foods and I ended up getting their Chicago Spinach and Artichoke Dip for an appetizer and their Baked Potato Soup for an entree. Both were delicious and amazing! On Friday, I decided to celebrate my birthday with my friends and we went out to dinner. I originally planned for us to go to Patrick’s in Westport Plaza, but they closed really early and I didn’t want us to have to rush and eat our food quickly, just so we could get out of there on time. Therefore, I decided to switch the place and we instead ended up going to Circle 7 Ranch, which is close to Town and Country. The place was packed, but luckily we were able to get a table right when we got there.  The food was delicious, of course and I would highly recommend their Smoked Brisket Nachos, which is one of their most famous dishes and is to die for. My friends got me great gifts that included a monogrammed makeup bag, a Vera Bradley wallet, bath bombs from Lush, a Starbucks gift card, and more.  After dinner, we decided to go get ice cream, but all the ice creams places were closed due to it being 11:30 at night , so we ended up getting milkshakes instead. All in all, I had a great week for my birthday and even though I didn’t do anything with my new found adulthood like getting a tattoo, I still had loads of fun and a great birthday!