Guess who finally has a game plan!

It’s Emily here. As anyone who knows me will probably tell you, I don not exactly excel at long term planning. I will obsess over every detail of an upcoming weekend, but ask me where I see myself a year from now and I typically haven’t got a clue.

All of that changed when I stumbled upon the CDC’s Public Health Associate Program. The two year program would be a great way for me to decide if I definitely want to pursue a career in public health. I’m planning to apply when the 2012 application goes live this winter. I’m the kind of girl who always has a backup plan, but I’m super excited about the possibility of being part of  PHAP.

Here’s the crazier part: I might even know what I want to do after the two year program ends. It turns out Tufts has a graduate program in agriculture, food and environment. At the moment it’s basically my dream program, and a killer way to combine my biology background, econ minor, and interest in food systems and sustainability.

We’ll see if this is still the plan a month from now, but at the moment this feels like a major step (and relieves a ton of future-related anxiety)!

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!

Now I’m (almost) free to seee the world!

It’s the final countdown…

I bet you guys are sick of me talking about how fast time goes by… but I’ve got to do it again: Today I picked up my graduation gown. And we had our last meeting for a group I’m involved in! What’s going on!? Ahh!!
So I am going to complain for a minute about how slow time is going by when I think about waiting for scholarship results! I feel like I submitted my application at least 6 years ago… I am supposed to find out within the next month, but I have already been excessively checking my e-mail for several weeks. :)

As usual, things are busy! But we have some really fun stuff coming up… a few of my friends and I are planning a great trip for Spring Break to the Graaaaand Canyon!! We are planning to camp and hike for the week, as well as stopping in Farmington, NM to visit one of our friends who graduated last year and works there for ConocoPhillips now! I will try to remember to take some good pictures for you guys!

Last week we had Tulsa Time, which is always tons of fun. I spent the day hanging out with prospective students and their parents, talking about life at TU. Sadly, I didn’t get to host a student overnight, but I did have a student from Houston come stay in my apartment earlier in the week. That was really fun to learn about Houston and what her school is like. She told me all about the IB program and how intense it is! (By the way, good luck to all of you IB’ers out there as you are wrapping things up!!)
Now it’s time to grab some quick dinner and do a little bit of planning for the Grand Canyon 
Until next time!