Happy Friday! For whatever reason this week felt long despite the fact that we had Monday off. I'm owing some of that to the fact that weekends haven't been much of a break lately due to recruitment but the effort that went into it most certainly paid off with our wonderful new pledge class. I'll go into more of the details (and photos, lots of photos) of recruitment after recapping this week for y'all.
As I mentioned in my last Step Into My Week post, this semester I've felt very anxious and overwhelmed with assignments and what's to come. Since I am only taking classes on campus for a month, my teachers are trying to fit as much as they can into that short time before we are in our schools full time for our practicum. This work load along with the fact that we have a rotating schedule has me struggling to get into any sort of routine or feel as though I have things figured out. On Monday, my friends and I went to look at a potential apartment to live in as we start grad school and teaching and part of me really hoped that would help to calm my nerves a bit when in fact it seemed to do the opposite, making me more anxious. I know that figuring this sort of stuff out will come with time however, this internal conflict of trying to get everything done to the very best of my ability while also enjoying the time I am on campus has been a real challenge.
Tuesday night I went out with some friends which reminded me to take advantage of this time that I do have before 10:30 becomes my bed time since my alarm will sound promptly at 5:30. And with a little more library time this week than last making head way on projects during the day has allowed me to see my friends that I am not necessarily in classes with which has been a nice break. On Thursday, I went back to my school for the day and was able to meet with my university supervisor (who will be evaluating my lessons) which provided me with some clarity I've been looking for. I know that the next couple of weeks juggling both time in the school and classes at Furman will be a challenge and I'll likely still be a little bit overwhelmed and anxious but I know the end goal is to best prepare me for what is to come which I do appreciate.
So now for the real reason you probably decided to click on this post, bid day photos! Bid day was Sunday and our theme this year was Camp KD. With an assortment of overalls, bandanas, and flannels we excitedly awaited our new pledge class after two super successful weekends of recruitment. Bid day never fails to remind me how happy I am to have gone KD and invested so much of myself into this organization and chapter. It was so weird to think about the fact that this was my pledge classes last recruitment and bid day but I definitely think we went out on a high note!
Grace is our new president and it has been so fun to get even closer with her as I've transitioned her through this process.
Madison (pictured below) is the first person since me to come to Furman from my high school. I was so excited for her to come to school with me since we played on the same soccer team and I used to babysit her (well really her younger sister but still). I had my fingers crossed all week long that she would want to make KD her home on bid day and I was ecstatic to see her name on our bid list on Sunday morning.
How cute are all of our new members?
Some of the friends I'll more than likely be living with next year.
I was put in charge of taking photos in the bid day room as well as creating a video of the day and I am so pleased with how both parts turned out.
I hope y'all have some fun plans for the weekend! I am hoping to get ahead with blogging and projects while also taking some time to relax. I rarely ever want to go see a movie but lately there have been so many coming out that have caught my eye that I may try to do that this weekend as well! See y'all on Monday morning.