Madison: “Moving Forward”

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First thing is first, I cannot explain how thrilled I am that this semester is almost over. This is mainly due to the fact that I decided on my major; anthropology. I will be taking the course provided by the Multicultural Learning Community, along with math (unfortunately), and biological anthropology, which I’m super excited about! I feel like things are starting to move forward, and I’m happy that I am in a place where I know what I am doing in life. I came to campus wanting to do pre-med. I do enjoy helping people and solving puzzles, but I find that my temperament is more closely aligned to that of Dr. House, and in that case, I would most likely get fired.

However, I found something that interested me ever since I was a child. I am also considering getting a certificate in archeology and pursuing a career in forensic anthropology. I love solving mysteries, I love helping people, and what better way to do both than to help seek justice for victims? So far, most responses I get when I tell people my career aspirations are mostly along the lines of “Wow, that’s bad a**,” and I take that as a compliment. I am going to be a bad a** forensic anthropologist, and UW-Madison is going to get me to where I need to be so that my dreams can come true.

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Because of all of my school work, I did not have much time this semester to join clubs and organizations. However, I am hoping to take a better look at some interesting groups in the spring semester and possibly join next  fall. As great as it would have been to branch out and make new friends through student organizations, my school work comes first, and I know I will carry this belief with me throughout throughout the rest of my time in college.

Looking back to the beginning of the school year, I was excited to start college—ecstatic in fact. Now, I feel like it is just high school on repeat; homework, exams, and stress. I guess the upside is the independence that came with moving to Madison, but I do miss home a lot. I am getting used to it though and am also finding better ways to manage my time. I was never a procrastinator, but college has taught me the importance of early planning and organization. These methods are how I have managed to stay on top of things thus far. I am proud to say that I have not waited until the Sunday before an assignment is due and subsequently, have not had to spend several hours alone on online chemistry. I am also proud to say that as college is moving forward, I find myself moving forward too. Things are getting easier. Things are getting simpler. I know that better and brighter days are ahead.

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