Saturday, January 14, 2012

School Daze

A little over two years ago, I created a goal:

Graduate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management with an emphasis on Event Planning.

Funny thing is I didn’t really identify that statement as my goal until about five minutes ago. On that October Saturday in 2009, I said to myself, “Self, I want to move to Lincoln, NE. I want to be closer to Himself. I want to enroll at UNL in Event Planning.” And I did that.

OK, so maybe those were my short-term goals at the time. But it just hit me that the long-term goal is graduation. I didn’t really think about graduation – about actually earning the degree – until now!

So, good. I need to find something to remind me of that long-term goal as I work through the next series of short-term goals. Because the short-term goals feel very daunting right now:

Complete first Microeconomics assignment without suffering stress-induced aneurism.
Welcome “insect pets” into my home. (You will probably hear more about this in the near future.)
Pass Microeconomics.
Get ‘A’s in all other classes.

I have completed one week of classes. It was exhilarating. It was stimulating. It was scary!

I love being on campus and I love being in class. I am really looking forward to getting into the meat of these classes and interacting with my fellow students and the instructors.

I am not really looking forward to Microeconomics. It is touted as being the 6th hardest course at UNL. Half the time that scares me to death; the other half of the time I take it as a challenge. I am a very smart girl, I can definitely pass the class. But I want to do better than the 2.51 average earned by previous Microecon students. One week and one lecture in, and currently working on a 5-page, single-spaced assignment, I’m in the scared-to-death zone.

Graduation, graduation, graduation…


  1. Insect pets??? Please tell me that's a euphemism for something not gross or scary.

  2. Just focus on the here and now and don't obsess about further down the road. So, take class one week at a time, one assignment at a time. Hang in there. You will get through this.

    Cheering hard!
    (Insect pets?)

  4. I literally took it one class at a time. I did my bachelor's and master's right after returning at age 30. I just kept going, winter, summer, spring, and I would always say, "ok, 15 weeks, 15 classes" (most of the time). The time really does fly. Especially being so engrossed in schoolwork. It's not always easy but it's easier than the workplace. If you're doing both at once it is hard, but soooo worth it.

  5. Good for you Violet! Hope all is going well!

  6. Go Violet!!

    @Green Girl - she's bringing one of the "pets" to my house for spring break.

  7. This is a pretty good post. I like your writing.

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    1. Stephanie, hi! I was just thinking about you a day or two ago! I am doing find - hope you are, too!