There are some people that are perfectly content with settling into a familiarity of life and going through the motions day in and day out. I, on the other hand, absolutely love change and the new-ness of things: homes, months, seasons, classes, friends. Sitting here in my adorable new apartment, endless thoughts fill my mind about everything that is happening now and in the near future. In the words of Switchfoot, “Life was just happening.”
This summer has certainly been one of transition for me. It’s been the first summer that I haven’t moved back home for the few months of so-called “freedom” from normal (stressful) college life August to May. I stayed here to take nine credit hours to finish up my degree’s core (but actually random) requirements, spend some more time exploring the field of dentistry, work a little here and there, and most recently, to decide to take and study for the DAT. My summer has been a complex mixture of emotions, as I’m finding myself at a pivotal season of being smack dab in the middle of my undergraduate years. I’ve had plenty of time to myself to just reflect on my first half here at school and anticipate what in the world the next two years will look like.
The past couple days were spent boxing, hauling up and down stairs, and unpacking my life from one apartment to another. I have no idea how it all actually happened because packing has been the last thing on my mind all summer with everything else going on. Shout out to my amazing parents for helping me so much! I could not have been more excited for the move, though. I absolutely love my new bedroom (complete with my first non-twin bed ever!), and I already felt completely at home after getting [most] of my things situated, a great night’s sleep, and of course an inaugural cup of coffee sitting at our table my first morning here. My two roommates for the upcoming year(s), Audrey and Chelsea, are encouraging, hilarious, and full of life. We share a passion for food, decorating (Chels is an interior design major responsible for a majority of our place’s ridiculously cute style), exercising, excelling in our schoolwork, and above all, Jesus. I know this year will be one of lots of laughs, dinner parties, and supporting each other on this crazy journey.
Another reason my future seems so close and tangible is that I’m studying to take the most important test of my life thus far. Also, I’ve started to really research in-depth the possibilities of dental schools, but I’ll save that for another post. All that to say, THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING. DAT prep has been anywhere from confidence-boosting to downright discouraging. I feel very up and down as far as how ready I think I am/will be by August 29th (less than a month!). All I can do is depend on God’s grace, and stay strong and motivated to simply do my best.
My time I’ve spent shadowing an oral surgeon has been such a blessing. It’s crazy to think that I just happened to run into and meet him at a local dentist’s office I was shadowing the first week of summer, and now I really feel like we’ve steadily built a great mentor-student relationship that will hopefully last throughout my years of applying and getting into dental school. Every day I go, I learn even more about this potential career route for me, and I always leave with a fresh perspective about why I’m even doing all this in the first place. I’m so thankful God has given me this opportunity and am even a little sad knowing next week will be my last Friday there for now.
In just a few short weeks, the fall semester will be off and rolling ahead at full speed. Like I said, though, I’m a fan of the new and exciting season of different class schedules and new professors. I am taking a wide variety of classes this semester for my major (bio) and two minors (business admin, religion) that are sure to be challenging and demanding but still interesting and hopefully enjoyable. Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Genetics and lab, Cell Physiology/BioChem, and Jesus and the Gospels. I’m really pumped about that last one because I heard the professor is so great, and who wouldn’t want to read the Bible and learn more about the life of Jesus for a class?
My new job I have as a supplemental instructor for the biology department is something that I honestly haven’t thought about much over the summer, and now that it’s getting closer, I’m excited about it but also a little unsure exactly what all it will entail. It’s basically like a cross between a teaching assistant and a tutor for the large introductory courses. I know this position will challenge me to expand my leadership abilities, and it will give me a chance to share my passion for science and hopefully have an impact on nervous and overwhelmed college freshmen.
Thinking about my last two years at college is a crazy thing to even fathom. Who knows what God has planned for me as He continues to grow me into the woman I’m to become?
What will I learn and what grades will I make?
What new friends will I have?
What old friends will drift away?
Will I go on any dates (wherever you are, manly men of God who will purely pursue a girl) or even possibly be in a relationship?
Will I finish my second half marathon?
Will I ace my DAT?
Will I travel to a new exciting place?
It’s natural to wonder about the future, but it can be draining and hindering us on what we could be experiencing in the HERE and NOW. I’m preaching to myself mostly when I say let’s challenge ourselves to sometimes simply BE.