My Update for You! 

My sophomore year has been flying by. It is hard for me to believe that it is already October. Fall is my favorite season, so I embrace it here at Geneseo. The campus has a different vibe as the leaves are falling off the trees, turning different colors, and the weather is fantastic. Going on walks through campus is relaxing and scenic. I have begun to meditate and journal to keep my mental health as good as my physical health. Focusing on this has helped me manage stress better, find clarity on issues, and better understand my emotions. It has also allowed me to practice gratitude and be mindful of my thoughts and feelings.

My first dance performance of the season was the last weekend of September, during the women’s soccer game. I was so nervous, but as soon as I got on the field, all my nerves disappeared, and I had a blast. The new babies on the team got to watch us perform and celebrate with us afterward. The only downside there is the weather. Our last performance was canceled because of the rain, and we hope that does not happen with the next one. We have more games to come this fall, which is very exciting. Fall is my favorite season, mainly because of the scenery. I love nature, and seeing all the leaves turn different colors boosts serotonin for me before winter hits. Along with fall, I look forward to the opportunities to perform and create memories with my team. I’m also looking forward to the other events that will take place, like Halloween. I will be here that Friday to dress up with my roommates and friends coming from my hometown. We will be Disney princesses, which I have not done since I was 6. I’m going home on Saturday, and my boyfriend and I will be Power Rangers. He is having a party at his house, and we will decorate it and make it look awesome. I also look forward to that because decorating is right up my alley!

There are no complaints from me about my courses so far! I have been working so hard and am now beginning to feel accomplished. The workload has started getting heavier, but it is possible with good time management for my work and expected dates. This month, I have a total of 4 exams already being prepared for, and I have taken two exams so far, with a score that I was proud of. I’m also using online resources to help me stay focused and productive. Using Quizlet to study and test my knowledge has been an enormous help. I’m scheduling time to study and take breaks to relax by using a planner, planning my days each night, and making a weekly calendar. I’m determined to make it through this month with flying colors. My mom’s friend Michelle, who works at St. John Fisher College, comes down every Tuesday to help me get a good schedule and ensure all of my classes are up to date. She checks my grades and helps me stay on track. She always offers to give me extra help when needed.

I have connected to several of the readings in this course, referring to a reading by Karen Malpede when she was comparing wars, looking back on the war and how different it is from war today. I like to keep updated on what is happening in our world; now, it is scary.  Reading about wars in the past helps us understand how wars have changed and how they will continue to change in the future. It is essential to stay informed and be aware of current events in order to make informed decisions and take action when needed. I have gained a deeper understanding of the material by combining the readings with the concepts discussed in the course.

By the end of the semester, my expectations include several things. My main hope is to have a strong feeling of accomplishment. I hope to have a better understanding and appreciation of the subject matter. I want to understand better why I am studying psychology and where I want to see myself. I feel a little lost right now for what I want to do with my future, but I will take the necessary actions to get me on the path of  “figuring it out.” I put that in quotations because every adult tells me they still are “figuring it out.”  I also hope to apply the knowledge I have gained to future situations. Ultimately, I anticipate a positive and successful outcome from the courses.

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