Finally! My ever-dreaded finals week is done. After studying for tests I put off, prepping for class presentations, decorating a poster board, and tying all loose ends together, I have finally completed my fifth collegiate finals week. There were a few unexpected incidents to deal with, a complete lack of sleep, and maybe a tear or two, but I can now proudly say that my fifth semester as an undergraduate at Ball State University is done with. YIKES.

Without a doubt, this semester has been completely unexpected, yet at the same time, amazing. I will not say that it was the best yet because I say that every semester. What I will say is that because this semester was so fantastic, I know that there are even better things ahead of me. I feel as if I am officially in the home stretch, with only three semesters standing in between me and my diploma. Granted, that is still a year and a half away, but I am now closer to graduation than first semester freshman year.

Semester proud moment: My ability to multitask and juggle all of my responsibilities. Between my full-time student course load, Executive Council positions in Sigma Kappa and Fraternal Values Society, part-time job at the credit union, and involvement in Cardinal Corps, I am exhausted. Yet, I managed to accomplish everything I had hoped for and even more. There have been moments I really doubted myself and cried over trivial things (like the time I thought I lost my keys but ended up finding them in the front door) but all in all, I am truly proud of my accomplishments.

Semester learning point: I definitely learned that there are several aspects of life that are uncontrollable, point blank. You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control how you react to it. I think I read that in a quote somewhere. Nonetheless, it is absolutely accurate. I am going to approach 2016 with grace and a realization that I cannot, and do not, control every aspect of my life.

Looking ahead: If it is even possible at all, I think that 2016 is going to be even better than 2015. In January, I will begin my year-long term as President of the Gamma Eta Chapter of Sigma Kappa. I will be continuing my job with Thrive Credit Union as Marketing Assistant, as well as picking up a freelance position as a Copywriter with BC Digital Marketing in Muncie. I am going to continue my involvement with Fraternal Values Society as well as begin involvement in the Student Rights and Community Standards University Review Board on Campus. Yes, I know what you are thinking. I am crazy. When will I have time to breathe? But do not worry, I will find time. I think I am actually looking forward to it.

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