It happened about 2 weeks ago. I opened my e-mail and there it sat: an e-mail from CALS Student Services with the “subject” reading: ACTION REQUIRED. After clicking on this title I am privy to three words that stop me in my tracks: “Dear CALS Seniors”. Just like that I’m taken out of my semi-relaxing, if not busy summer mentality, and wakened to the reality that awaits me….
In just nine months, I will be a graduate of Cornell University! It still seems surreal when I think about it. Although as I start my final year as an undergraduate at Cornell, many things have changed that makes being a senior seem real!
First, I am no longer living in a corridor in Uppsala Sweden (That would be a much further commute)! Instead, I am living in an apartment that’s about 2 miles off-campus with one roommate (who happens to be my boyfriend). After my semester abroad where I biked three miles every time I needed to go into town, I decided two miles was not that far. With the TCAT bus system that stops right down the road, I can still enjoy living in a more rural setting-with cheaper rent-while taking advantage of a convenient way of getting to class!
While the neighborhood I live in has changed, my class schedule has also seen some drastic changes! Both the best and worst part of being an Agricultural Education major is that all of the required Education courses are only offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This semester I am taking 5 Education courses and have managed to only have courses on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday each week! However, I promise you that I am not getting an early case of senioritis! I created my schedule this way for two reasons: 1-I needed to take all five of these courses and 2- I am hoping to substitute teach in the local school districts to gain experience in a classroom! I’ve filled out the applications and hope to hear back once school starts up in a week or so!
The third and final major change is that I have to begin the process of deciding where I go from here. Sure, I am quite certain I want to become a teacher in a formal school setting-which may seem pretty specific- but I also have to consider if I will apply to any other teaching programs aside from Cornell; whether I can picture myself in a high school or college setting, etc. It’s a daunting task! Fortunately, it’s only the first week of classes so I have a little more time before I have to have all of my ducks in a row!
If you’re wondering what I did throughout the summer, stay tuned! An update should follow soon!