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

mini blog: a week in

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PSA: Saturdays are meant for slippers and vanilla chai tea

The first week of school ended yesterday afternoon, at 4:30.  I’m feeling pretty pumped for this semester, and all of my classes seem interesting.  We’re learning about nuclear magnetic resonance spectra in orgo, and I love it.  (Mass spec and IR spectra were my favorite thing about last semester…  It’s like solving a chemical mystery!) 

Today will be spent in sweatpants, drinking coffee and catching up with some lady friends. I hope that everyone else’s first week back was both fun and productive.

Tress

balance (sophomore year goals)

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Last year, I failed miserably at striking a healthy balance between school, work, and social things.  I was constantly obsessed with maintaining a certain GPA, and I often felt guilty when I chose to spend downtime with friends.  I did not have quiet time, and I did not find the time to simply be still.

This semester, I am making a few changes.  I’m taking fewer classes (16 credit hours as opposed to 19) and will only be participating in one extracurricular club.  I’m also auditioning for less dance pieces, and instead choosing to audition for only 3 or 4 this semester.

I am going to make an effort to go to the gym and eat healthier– that way when stress kicks in, my immune system won’t be completely wrecked.

I am going to find the time to go to small groups, invest in people, and to be still.

Sophomore year, I am ready for you.

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

this semester is already kicking my butt

My fitbit (a.k.a bae a.k.a my true love) tells me that I am burning 800 calories and hitting 5,000 steps each morning.  Before 9 a.m. I feel like the amount of coffee I consume regularly is now justifiable. #dancemajorperks

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This semester is going to be great – if I can keep up with my schedule. (Classes are 9-5 p.m., with no lunch break + rehearsals almost every night.) This whole science/performing arts double major thing is hard.  And I am not a person that like to admit to struggling.

But dude, I’m doing what I love.  All day, every day.  I get to experiment and learn in chemistry lab, and then head over to a state-of-the-art studio and learn variations from Sleeping Beauty.  How many people get to do that?

Anyway, tomorrow is an audition day – for the department, and the actual dance majors.  The school of dance is flying in a well known choreographer, and he’s casting for a piece he’s setting for our spring concert.  And then later in the morning, I’m going over to speak with high school students who are auditioning for my university’s dance program.  It pretty much a freaking exciting/nerve filled day for everyone here.

So yeah, that’s why it’s been quiet around here.  I’m just busy, excited, and a teeny bit tired.