Fall Recap: Stress Fest Harvest-For-Less

What a whirlwind this last semester has been! I know I’m going to forget something, or fail to do a story justice, but, for the sake of prosperity, I’m going to try to recap.

Statistics–I have avoided this class since I went back to college, but when I scheduled this semester, I decided to rip off the band-aid and just get it over with. My intention was to take this, and only this, class to make sure I could give it my full attention so that I could perhaps maintain my 4.0. I’m not mathematically inclined, so I’ve always known this class would be the one to break my streak of A’s, and it still might. Despite doing well on the homework and exams, my professor has yet to grade three of our six projects, so there’s a fair chance those, alone, may tank my grade. I have no way of knowing. We can all be surprised together.

Effective Speaking–What is this class, even?! When I was accepted back into the Honors Program, I was required to take an honors class this semester. So, even though I only intended on taking Stats, I had to add another class. My big dumb self went straight for the other terrifying class I was required to take. Joke’s on me though! Turns out it was not only an amazing class taught by an amazing professor, but I’m really flap-jackin’ good at public speaking! What. In. The. Heck?! My first speech for the class was on Edgar Allan Poe, and, at the professor’s gentle nudging, I entered the outline into the school-wide speech competition. When I made it all the way to the finals, I already considered myself a winner, but when I found out that my friend, Randall, was one of my two competitors, I was in heaven. I heard Randall’s speech on Ada Lovelace the first time he gave it, and I cried, so I polished my own presentation, but also rooted H-core for Randall to win the whole thing. And he did. I’ve never been so happy to take second place in my life. Perhaps the biggest surprise to come out of this class, though, was how close our tiny group of 9 students became. We had a party for our last class, and the overall melancholy that we wouldn’t be meeting as a group anymore was thick in the air. I never would have guessed I’d feel so bonded to these people, but they mean the world to me.

Senate–After a busy campaign period that helped me meet some of the most interesting characters on campus (Spittoon Von Drugdealer and Five-Bowls McGee, to name two) I was elected Senator of the Arts and Science departments. My first act as Senator was an awesome one; I was asked to serve as chair of the decorating committee for the Stress Less Harvest Fest, a party that our Student Life and Recreation Coordinator was putting on after midterms to help students de-stress enough to make it through the second half of the semester. My job was to transform our busy cafeteria into a fun, yet relaxing party. I had a blast working with the coordinator, as well as all of the volunteers. To make a long story short, the work I put into the Stress Less Harvest Fest was so successful that the school created a position for me to do exactly this. Yeah, I’m getting paid to throw parties and organize things. But perhaps the biggest shocker of the job is that I am also going to be giving–wait for it–PRESENTATIONS to the incoming students at Orientations, teaching them about the Student Life and Recreation department and encouraging them to join clubs! I was given a job…at the school…giving speeches…about having fun. *jaw drop emoji* Of course, all of this job business is contingent upon actually being hired. <<<required by law to say that.

Clubs–I’m not much of a “joiner” but there were some clubs on campus I knew I wanted to be a part of. The first being the book club, “Under The Covers.” We’ve read two books so far (one of which being The Night Circus!) and the one we have on deck to read over the break is really exciting, too. The second is our theater club, “Stark Stage.” I somehow ended up the secretary of the group, which puts me working closely with the advisor, officers, and, heh, the Student Life and Rec Coordinator! It’s our hope to put on a production of Death of a Salesman in the spring, so that group is about to get bouncing! [Memo to me: Nicole! You are NOT to try out for a role in the play. No. Nope. Huh-uh. Don’t do it. Stahp.] I am also an official member of Phi Theta Kappa, which is our honors society, and is not the same thing as being in the Honors Program. Plus, I still help out when I can with LGBTS Global, my first loves on campus, and pride and passion of my dear, dear, dear, deer, dear Jay. Speaking of…

Friends–Let’s start this one with a story. Last Thursday, Kyle came with me to campus after we got out of my court hearing to change my name. We took the paperwork to registration to get the ball rolling, but it took us over an hour, not because there was a wait at registration, but because I couldn’t walk more than 20 feet without seeing someone to talk to. I have met so many wonderful people in the last few months, and it has helped me to redefine what friendship and support looks like. My heart is so full of love for these awesome people. I couldn’t have asked for a better squad.

I know I’m forgetting something important, but I figure this is enough to get across what my last few months have been like. It has been incredible.

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