Thoughts on this fall 2018 semester:
Over the past couple of weeks, I have been completely consumed with the projects, studying, and tests that come with the end of the year. Since Thanksgiving break, it has been a whirlwind, and now that the fall 2018 semester is finally over, I finally have a moment to sit and reflect on the last fall semester of my college career.
It’s kind of weird being a business owner and a student; I feel like I measure my years in semesters. Work due dates and school due dates blend together, and having homework means that I have to say no to opportunities that I would love to take. I am so thankful, though, for the growth that has happened in this past semester in my business. To all of the couples, seniors, families, and friends that have trusted me to capture their memories: Thank you.
I am also so extremely blessed by the community that I am surrounded by. The people in my life who listen to the sleepless rants, tell me when I need to take a break, point me back to the Lord, and say yes to my half-thought-out ideas really are a huge part of the reason for not giving up when I was pressed up against a deadline, or when I didn’t think I could keep up with everything. I cannot stress how much having a community that reminds me of what is really important has done for my perspective over the past few years, and especially this semester.
This semester has been one of huge growth. Though I was taking 12 credits, I had my most project-heavy semester yet. I also had the greatest number of clients in the past few months. As a creative in a STEM field, some of the weirdest conversations with my peers were “Sorry, I need to work on the project on Monday, because I have five photo sessions this weekend.” One thing I’ve learned from that is that not everyone will understand you, and not everyone has to.
I think my biggest takeaway from this semester, however, is that I need to learn to be better at creating margin. This has been a constant theme in my life, and a lesson I’ve learned many times the hard way. I hope to take action steps towards this in my coming, last, spring semester. The past few months have been a rush, and definitely not a sustainable pace, but I am so thankful for all of the lessons learned along the way.
My last thought is just this: I can’t believe I’m a college senior who has one more semester. I can’t believe how many amazing people I get to work with, and be surrounded by every day. And I can’t believe how blessed I am even amongst the craziness.
Here’s a lesser-viewed side of me on here: some non-curated real-life student photos of this past semester!