Saturday, February 2, 2008

My Full Semester

I thought I should give a brief outline of what my semester is looking like. I'm taking 18 hours this semester, which is lower than usual but seems harder because they are all upper-division classes. They include 3 business courses (Management Information Systems, International Economics, and Free Enterprise Studies), 2 French classes (French Through Popular Culture and French Civilization), and only 1 religion class (Christian Worship). So far that last one is my favorite but also one of the harder ones. It's my favorite because the professor, Dr. Bolger, is one of the wisest men I've ever met yet retains his humility and gentle spirit. It's also the most challenging to me in my personal life. I've been learning a lot, but I'll try to have a full post on that at some time in the future.

In addition to all of my classes, I'm also still President of the French Club, a member of RotoAct, and a French tutor at the Foreign Language Lab. I've also picked up two Bible Studies (The Truth Project and a French language one here on campus), and I attend First Baptist Church in Branson (but still visit other churches in the community). Lastly, I'm in the process of getting an internship for the summer that is taking a lot of time in paperwork, research, etc. I did a quick calculation and found that I only have about 5 hours of time not taken up with studying, classes, club & activities, work, sleep, or eating per week. That's Sunday evening through Friday afternoon. By the time Friday evening/Saturday roles around, I don't really know what to do with myself. Yes, I have a crazy life. But then, so do all of my friends here on campus. It's normal for college.

New Experiences

The last few years have been filled with new experiences for me. Some of the more major ones have seriously impacted my life forever: Moving, College, France, Christian Spirituality, my grandfather's death, and so many more. But little things have impacted me as well: a cup of tea, a good book, a comment made by a professor or friend, a candle, an e-mail, and the list could go on.

I have decided to add one more "little thing" to my life: blogging. Honestly, I am not a very committed person. I rarely even read my dearest friends' blogs. I don't know how much, or how long, this blogging experience will last. I honestly do not know if I will even post a second time. But I want to. I almost feel I need to.

It seems like an excellent way to share what is going on in my life, to pause and reflect in a more permanent way than sitting in the dark (my normal mode of reflection). I do not think blogging can or ever will be as deep as sitting in a dark room, possibly with a candle, thinking on so many things. But the other side of that "deep thought" (if I am capable of such a thing) is that it is so temporary, and I forget it so easily. I should really keep a journal.

So what is the point of my blog? I suppose it is primarily a place for me to write my thoughts, shallow and silly as they are, as I see fit. A place to keep my friends and family updated on my life. A place to record my experiences and to experience, in and of itself, something new.