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New Beginnings

Fell behind with blogging this week, but for a good reason. This was my first week back at school and I had a lot of catching up and planning to do. I’m working on getting HABJ off the ground for the semester, so that has taken up the better part of my week. On top of that, I’ve been looking for jobs and internships, hitting the gym, looking for more writing gigs, and so on. Hopefully I can get back into my groove after missing about a week. I’ll have to make up for it either by extending my challenge by a week or writing two posts a day until I catch up. But I will make up the lost posts one way or another.

With this being my first week back at Hofstra, I stared thinking about how, even though this is my senior year, this is also a new beginning for me. A new semester, a new chance to start fresh and really get everything right. With a lightened course load (four classes and a lab), I have more time to work on making this the best possible semester in every aspect. I can correct any mistakes I made the past, learn from what worked and what didn’t work, and just really get it together this time. Since I started planning for HABJ early, and I actually have a team behind me now, I can finally make the club a real presence on campus. On top of that, I have more time to get together the necessary material to make us an official student chapter of NABJ. Even though this will happen right before I graduate, I can at least take comfort in the fact that I made it happen. That will be my legacy. If nothing else, I’ll be able to graduate knowing that I accomplished what no one else did. That thought motivates me more than anything.

Not only that, but this can also be my semester to shine academically. I’ve always done well, never getting less than a B+ (or maybe a B) in any of my classes. But this year, I want to change that. I want all As. I’ll be happy if I only get one A-, but I would really love to have all As for the first time (there’s always that one one class that I just miss getting an A or A- in for some reason). I want this to be my year to really prove what I can do and what I’m capable of. I don’t want to fall into my old habits of getting comfortable and then slacking off for the rest of the semester. I want to maintain a good work ethic and really push myself to do my absolute best. I know this will be hard, but if I want any chance of surviving in the real world, this is something I need to do.

If I could start eating better and working out more (I’ve already been to the gym three days in a row so far), that would be great, too. I always say I’ll eat healthier, but that can be really hard to do on a college campus. In my defense, I do drink fruit juices and get vegetables with most of my meals if I can, so that’s a start. Hopefully I can keep this all up as the semester progresses. At least I’ll have this post, and my previous one, to refer back to if I start to waver.


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