A little pre-summer contemplation and reflection for ya.
By Annissa Omran (Writer/ College Student)
This is my last post before the summer term starts in a couple weeks, so I thought I'd do what I've been doing every May for the past two years - reflect on the academic year that has just come to a close.
I am about to enter my senior year of college.
I will be working on two senior theses, I will be the fiction editor for my school's literary journal, the programming chair of my film fraternity, and a member of my school's late night variety show, all the while maintaining (hopefully) my IT job and my volunteer ushering job.
I just finished a whirlwind two weeks of finals and dorm move out followed immediately by an 8 day shoot for a Stephen King short film for which I was a script supervisor.
I am using my first moments of precious free time to sit and write this post, actually (I hope you all feel honored).
Between traveling to San Francisco and Dallas for a cappella competitions and traveling to Minneapolis for a writer's conference, this has also been one of my most interesting academic years. Through my film fraternity I've met an incredible new group of friends that has become my family and I've experienced the ups and downs that go hand in hand with periods of rapid growth.
It has been a year full of self discovery, as cliche as that may sound. It has become clear recently how different of a person I am now compared to the girl I was when I entered into my junior year of college last August. I've also learned a couple things along the way:
1. You're not always going to get along with people. This seems obvious to most, but if you're the kind of person who likes to please everyone - one who'll do anything to smooth out rough edges and make sure everyone is happy - this is a really tough realization. At the end of the day, it might not even be up to you. What is up to you is how you let the difficult person affect your emotions (i.e., don't let them have the power to take away your happiness).
2. You can sing along to a Taylor Swift song and still hate her.