taking time to breathe

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Things have been a little quiet around here as of late. This semester, while perhaps less academically challenging, has brought with it MCAT studying, internship searching, and, to top it all off, a new relationship. Life is currently very full, beautiful, and busy.

 

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Shaaaaaamless snapchat.

Last week was spring break for our university, and I spent it with some truly wonderful people. It was likely my last spring break, and the trip emphasized just how rapidly graduation is approaching. Although I’m  only a junior, spring’s arrival is bringing with it the weddings and graduations of several of my close friends. Though I really am looking forward to the future (work, medical school, whatever that may be) the weight of adulthood is drawing ominously near.

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It’s still so weird to me that we’re all in our twenties. It’s disgustingly cliche, but I could have sworn that I finished high school just yesterday. I’m so guilty of rushing breathlessly through the weeks, focusing solely on the next assignment, job, or opportunity. Sometimes I lose sight of the precious now, and instead become wrapped up in the ever approaching tomorrow.

I want to become more intentional. I want to savor the stage I’m at, in all of its messy, sleepless, glory. I want to spend less time worrying about physics and more time laughing until I cry with friends who are more like family.

I’m such a work in progress.

– Tress

 

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a semester in review

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Feelin’ hashtag blessed by a supportive fam.

i. Our fall concert was pretty bittersweet, because I’m taking next semester off from dancing in order to prepare for the MCAT. Choreographing at a collegiate level one last time was wonderful. Getting to share something you’ve created with an audience is completely breathtaking, and it’s an experience that I’ll never forget.

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ii. I moved into an apartment this summer, along with three incredible friends. Not to brag or anything, but we successfully kept (almost) all of our houseplants alive, and only set off the complex’s fire alarm once. All four of us will be parting ways after senior year, in pursuit of either grad school or marriage– it’s made this year an incredibly precious. They each enrich my life, and are such a source of joy and encouragement.

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iii. This semester I FINALLY got to see The 1975 live. I am not ashamed to say that it was one of the highlights of my semester… I plan on seeing them every chance that I get.
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iv. Finally, BOUND raised over $1,000 for human trafficking survivors through our Dressember fundraiser. I never would have imagined that it would have been so successful– it was a total Jesus thing. (Also, you can still donate! Check us out here: https://support.dressemberfoundation.org/team/98832 )

What were some of your highlights?

-Tress

thankful thursday

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I know that we’re still a week out from Thanksgiving, but I am feeling overwhelmingly content. This period of life moves so quickly, and things change rapidly, but it’s pretty rad. (Side note: I signed my first lease this week, and my brother got engaged. c.r.a.z.y.) I’m trying to savor every moment of it– after all, there comes a point where being broke and not having your life figured out is no longer charming (terrifying)!

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I am so thankful that I get to attend a university where students are not only encouraged to create, but are provided opportunities to showcase their work.

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I’m thankful to be living in a country where I’m free to pursue an education. Right now in history we’re reading books about women right’s in parts of Asia and the Middle East. The oppression they deal with is incredible, and I take my own freedom for granted way too often. In fact, there are actually more girls than boys in my physics and genetics classes right now– how cool is that?! #WomenInScience #Wow

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I am so, so, SO thankful for the people that I get to do life with. My family, friends, and my hamster make my life so bright. The world is filled with beautiful people, but I’m pretty sure that I get to be around the best of the best.

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Snapchat from The 1975 concert we attended– it was honestly the highlight of my semester.

I’m thankful for music. For good books. For color and sunshine and fresh flowers.

I’m thankful for my job. For the crazy, completely overwhelmingly full days. For lazy, Saturday mornings. For sturdy mugs and stronger coffee.

I’m thankful for my wonderful church family. For my dog. For roommates that are down for baking and Netflix sessions after rough days.

I am thankful.

Tressia

ohh we’re halfway there

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First official pleasure read of the summer! 10/10 would highly recommend, especially to those planning on entering medicine/law with the intent to serve. 

Well, sophomore year is officially over. Praise the Lord, forever and ever amen.

In all honesty, it was a great year. I was blessed to have incredible roommates, friends, and mentors– it was a year of building relationships, and deepening roots. I feel like I’m walking away with a greater sense of purpose, and a more holistic understanding of the world.

That being said, it was far more academically challenging than freshman year. (*cough* organic chemistry *cough*.) While entering summer was bittersweet last year, I feel drained this time around. The next couple of months will be a much needed respite.

That being said, I’ll be keeping busy.  I recently received a job in a nearby bakery, and I’m hoping to line up some shadowing opportunities. I’m also enrolled in an EMT program (SO PUMPED) and I’m taking a couple of summer classes.

That being said, I’m going to spend this upcoming week resting. And I refuse to feel guilty about it.

It’s going to be a great summer.

Tress

 

thursday thankfulness

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Standard breakfast.

This week, I stumbled upon a hidden campus dining service gem: the peanut butter protein shake.  I am pretty gosh-darn thankful for those beauties– mornings are 75% less stressful when you can eat your breakfast while walking to class.

I am thankful for great roommates.  One of them started doing morning pre-sunrise devotionals, which has forced me (in a good way) to become more accountable with my quiet time.  The other one stays up late talking about science with me, and both are always down for spontaneous taco runs.  It’s a pretty great setup.

I am thankful for wonderful professors, who give extra credit lectures on the scientific accuracy of the Jurassic Park movies.  Biology is literally the best major.

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DNA extraction in cell biology lab.

I’m thankful for cool labs.  I really do enjoy them, even though they can seem unending at times.

I am so thankful that I dropped my dance major.  I actually have time to sleep and eat now.  Plus, it made it possible to add a Women’s Studies minor, which is something I’ve wanted to do for a while now.  (I’m still taking dance classes on the side for fun though. 😉 )

I am so thankful that tomorrow is Friday.  (It’s little sibs week too!)

I am also thankful for those peanut butter protein shakes.

They are straight up magic.

Tress

 

art is cool

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Goofing off during rehearsals.

The past month has been an absolute blur of tests, coffee, and rehearsals.  The dance department had our fall concert this past week, and it was incredibly enjoyable.

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The fall concert is always completely student led.  The professors step aside, and let the dance majors take care of everything– from the choreography, to the sound, to the lighting and costuming.  I was fortunate enough to have a tap piece I choreographed selected for the show, which was exciting (and completely unexpected).  The whole experience really gave me an appreciation for choreographers…  Leading rehearsals and polishing a piece is hard work!

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Study sessions during in studio runs.

Luckily, several other girls in the department are also double majoring, and planning on entering healthcare careers.  We spent any downtime during rehearsals going over microbiology flashcards, and working out organic chemistry problems.  I was reminded yet again how blessed I am– how many people get to study fosse jazz AND histology?!  My heart is so full.

Box of Lucky Charms: aka the best gift I have ever received from a choreographer.
Box of Lucky Charms: aka the best gift I have ever received from a choreographer.

Our last show was yesterday, and now I honestly don’t know what to do with myself.  Our next performance isn’t until December, and so my rehearsal schedule is relatively light.  After all the excitement, it’s honestly a little difficult returning to ‘normal’ life.  It’ll be nice to have more time to study, but it’s pretty gosh darn bittersweet.

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Science is cool.  But art is cool too.

Tress

end of summer shenanigans

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This summer seemed like it would never end– until I finished my intenship.  Since August began, the days have been flying by.  I move back to school this weekend, which is absolutely crazy, especially since I haven’t begun packing or ordering books.  Oops.

I did have the opportunity to go on a mini road trip with my very bestest friend ever.  We hiked, explored, and were complete beach bums.  We saw endless chick flicks in empty theaters, flea marketed, and made a field trip to build a bear.  We ate tons of amazing food, and I am legitimately concerned about fitting into my leotards next week.

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                                                          This was BEFORE I completely fried. #worthit
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We found a gem of a bar up in Michigan; all smokey and filled with old records. Hands down the best burger I’ve had in my life.
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                                                                          Swollen feet = successful day.
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Found this at an international grocery store, after a day of perusing museums… Definitely the weirdest thing I’ve seen this summer.

Though this summer has been short, it has been lovely.  Besides the road trip, I reconnected with a few old high school friends, and we’ve grown close.  It’s funny how people you would never picture yourself befriending end up becoming some of your favorite people.

This week will be bittersweet indeed.  I am beyond excited to begin sophomore year, and to be reunited with my college friends.  (I’m even looking forward to my classes!)  But I feel like this month has all but disappeared.  This last week will be spent wrapping up summer classes, packing, and resting as much as possible.  Next week will bring 8 am ballet classes, and strength training, as we head back for conditioning week.

That is crazy.

Tress