Wow, this semester has been crazy. Even taking fewer credits, I felt overwhelmed probably 90% of the time. When I look back on it though, there are only a few changes I would make. From class, using positive thinking is the best way to recap what I experienced this semester and how I can make an action plan to change it for next semester.
I loved traveling with the band, but I wish I was able to come home to grieve my grandmother’s passing. In hindsight, everyone was incredibly supportive and I had never felt so at home 1,290 miles away.
I loved living in my own apartment, but I wish I had gotten to know my roommate better before we decided to live together. Now I know what kind of person I am when I’m on my own and deciding to live at home next year means I was able to get my first car.
I loved all my classes, but I wish I hadn’t let my anxiety take over me when the going got tough. Now I know stress management and mindfulness exercises to help me recenter instead of spiraling down.
In class, my pre and post test scores weren’t all that surprising. On my pretest, my negative score was 33, on the post it was 23, a 10 point change! My positive went up by 9, so over all the difference in scores on the pre was 6 (with negative being greater) and the post was 13 (with positive being greater). I can absolutely feel the change in myself even if the semester got out of hand at sometimes. On the well being tracker, I can see that my weekly feelings fluctuated a lot, but the differences were less sharp at the end than the beginning. Emotionally, my score went up by 0.7, which I can see as being just a day-to-day change. Socially, I went up by 1.4, which I can attribute to finding a new best friend and getting close with her. Psychologically, I went up by 2.2, the biggest difference. While my depression lessened, my anxiety worsened, so I’m really surprised about this score going up so much. Overall, there was a 1.54 increase, which doesn’t surprise me too much as things weren’t really going my way at the beginning of the year. When I got out of my anxiety cloud, I improved in all aspects.
This class has been immensely helpful, even amidst all the assignments and quick lessons. Mindfulness is one of the biggest things I took out of it because it was something we practiced every day before class. I loved the personality traits and strength finding lessons because I like to know about myself, what negative situations I might be prone to, and then how to get through them and act appropriately. Specifically the Strength Finder was great to know because it gave me a lot of insight for my career.
Thank you to all the professors who came to speak with us and especially the team that worked together to pull the class together. I wish you all the best of luck next semester, passing on the invaluable lessons we learned this year to the next generation on Rams!