Crazy Summertime

I love summer…no school, good friends, sunny days. So far my summer has been pretty busy–I got home from Tulsa after marshaling graduation, spent about a week or so home, and then jetted off to Florida for my cousin’s wedding. I got home on Wednesday, have taken three full length LSATs over the past three days (prepping for the June 6 test…trying to get a better score!), and then tomorrow I turn around to go to the Lake of the Ozarks with my family. Then I head to Kansas City on Sunday for a wedding, and then it’s back to Tulsa for the rest of the summer so that I can conduct research through the TURC program. This will be my first summer in Tulsa–in past summers I’ve come home to St. Louis to work, and last summer I was studying abroad in Spain. It will be interesting being in Tulsa for virtually an entire calendar year, but I’m excited! It will be nice to be in Tulsa with no school and time to enjoy the sites and sounds of the city. I’ve still never been to a Drillers game…that’s disgraceful considering 1) I’ve lived in Tulsa for three years now and 2) I’m a huge baseball fan. I mean really…I need to get on that! It’s definitely on my to do list this summer.

On a more dire note, I’ve been sitting in my home here in St. Louis this week thinking about how fortunate I am to have a home in the first place. As many of you have I’m sure already heard, a huge F5 tornado hit Joplin, Missouri on Sunday night. I’ve been thinking about all of the people that I know that go to TU who have lost all of their possessions, and I feel horrible that I am so fortunate while they have nothing. I’ve been going through my closet for clothes that I can donate to those in need down there, and I encourage anyone who is reading my blog to donate anything that you can to those down in Joplin–your time, your money, your belongings–whatever you can spare. They need everything, so don’t hesitate to send anything you can, no matter how small!

Thanks so much, and hopefully I’ll see some of you at TU in the fall! =)

The Beginning of the End

Woah…this is the end of my junior year. I’ve only got one final left between me and summer, and then it’s on to my senior year here at TU. I’m definitely not ready to think about graduating and leaving my friends…I can’t believe I only have 9 months left to spend with them before we all head our separate ways. It’s definitely starting to hit me hard. The time has flown by so fast! In addition to having to think about the friends that I have in my own class that I only have one short school year left with, I have to think about all of my friends who are graduating in FIVE DAYS. I think that’s what’s getting me the most…TU is such a close-knit campus that I have made so many friends that are both older and younger than me, and it’s sad to see the seniors go. They have taught me so much on this campus, and each and every one of them has touched my life in one way or another. They are all moving on to such amazing things, but I’ll still miss them when they’re gone! The campus certainly won’t be the same without them, but I’m excited to reach my senior year and leave my own mark on this campus before I leave. It’ll be the class of 2012’s time to shine, and I think we’re definitely ready for the challenge! =) Until then I look forward to graduation and celebrating those who are leaving, and I can’t wait for a few weeks of break at home in St. Louis before I head back here to do some research for the TURC program this summer. The 2011-2012 school year promises to be an eventful one, and I can’t wait!