What I’m Waiting For

It’s Emily here. I have reached the point in the semester at which there is a brief lull in the total insanity characteristic of my life. It’s at about this point every year when I just want this semester’s classes to be over, and I start checking the utulsa site every day in the hope that the new schedule of courses has been posted early (it officially becomes available October 17). I couldn’t tell you why thinking about swapping this semester’s classes for a whole new batch is always soothing somehow, but I can tell you that it probably has something to do with getting closer and closer to graduation.

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In other news, I have a feeling not many seniors pick up new clubs and activities in their final year, but I’ve gotten involved in a couple of organizations I’m happy to have the opportunity to be part of. The Collegian, where I am a staff writer, has become an addiction, and it’s a  great excuse to talk to really interesting people on campus who I may not have gotten to know otherwise. I’ve also gotten involved with Earth Matters, and the dedicated people who are part of the group are really working to make TU a more sustainable place. We’re starting a campus garden and holding a kickoff October 22. Hooray for fresh produce!

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)!