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As the end of the semester nears, the amount of papers, presentations, and finals has engulfed me in a swarm of stress. In addition, let’s not forget my last week as a fellow and the application process to Graduate School. While the stress may be a little overwhelming, these last few weeks have been very rewarding to me academically as a student and as a fellow. I learned a lot from my students, professors, and my fellow fellows throughout the semester; and through my encounters and experiences I have become a better student, fellow, and writer. While I improved and learned a lot—I won’t lie—it was a roller coaster ride. The stress of studying for the GRE, writing papers and personal statements, and fellowing fifteen students—not including the personal life—took a toll on me; but in the end it was all worth it. I have able to see not only myself grow, but my students too.
Although I had little free time, I attended my final fellow class this past week where I watched my students give their final presentations. They had been working on their papers for weeks, so it was enjoyable to see them present because they were really excited for it to be over. I related to my students as they finished their presentations because I could see the sigh of relief and that proud moment that all their hard work throughout the semester paid off.
As I stated earlier, my semester is almost over yet I have a lot of work to finish. Since this semester had its ups and downs—mostly ups—I am anxiously waiting for that sigh of relief that my student had. Through this stressful end of the semester, I recently had a conversation with a professor who asked me: “How are you going to end your semester on a high note?” While I listed off numerous ways, the answer was simple: “You just do it.” By taking this simple advice I can say I have set my priorities straight and most definitely risen to the top of that coaster ride. I am excited to finish applying to graduate school, finish my last semester as an Undergrad, to begin fellowing my new students next semester, and of course finishing—not only my semester, but final year—on a high note.