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Since my last post I turned eighteen years old, registered to vote, sent in my FAFSA/CSS profile, completed my high school gymnastics career, and best of all became a second semester senior. Now that I am officially in slump, I have been relaxing much more than usual. Homework has decreased dramatically, and I do not have to worry too much about tests anymore.
Although my work in school is less strenuous than the beginning of the year, I have noticed the largest change in my mindset. During first semester I was very hard on myself over my grades. I was doing fine in school, but I was by no means getting all A’s. Now that I have taken a step back from the process, I realize that I was worrying too much over every detail in my application. I know that grades matter, but I have been thinking a lot on how much analysis is put into the transcript itself. The courses you are taking are heavily considered, because it is important to challenge yourself. In addition, one class is likely to not break your application. I was so scared that my second term physics grade would hold me back, but now I think that it will not be too much of a factor in my decisions. I applied as an English major and have always done better in the humanities, so taking honors physics in the first place shows that I’m willing to push myself in areas that I am not as comfortable with. Overall, I think that the mindset that I have now is much healthier than the mindset that I had when I was younger.
Another change that has surprised me is that my motivation has increased this semester in my life outside of school. Now that I have a more flexible schedule I can go to the gym more often. With cheerleading and gymnastics I was getting a good workout in every day but now that I am in the offseason I have to maintain a healthy lifestyle on my own. I am glad that I have this time to create a routine because it will be difficult for me in college to stay in shape without having a plan laid out already. I am currently preparing for college cheerleading tryouts, which will take place either in the spring or the summer. In addition, about half of the colleges I applied to have club gymnastics teams so I am considering doing that as well.
Though I have less stressed overall, it is hard not to think about the college decisions that loom in the future. I have to hear from six more colleges, but I will have to wait until mid-March to receive any news. Last month I was rejected from University of Virginia, but I was not surprised at all because out-of-state admissions are extremely competitive and it was definitely a reach for me. Instead of dwelling over my rejections, I am focusing on the colleges that have accepted me. I will be touring Baylor University later this month to check out the Honors Program and participate in a college prep clinic for cheerleading. I enjoyed my visit to Baylor last year, so I am excited to look more closely at the opportunities they offer now that I’ve gotten into the Honors Program.
I am now on February Vacation, so I have a nice week-and-a-half to sleep in, hang out with friends and family, and spend some nice quality time by myself (I’m a classic introvert). I am in a very bittersweet time in my life. I am cherishing all of the time that I have with my friends and family, but it is sad to know that I will be leaving them soon. Ending gymnastics has also made me have mixed feelings. It is difficult to think that I am possibly moving on forever from a sport that I have been invested in for fifteen years, but I am excited about training to be a college cheerleader and the opportunities that come with that. Nonetheless, the door is still wide open for me to continue gymnastics at the club level in college. And, as a die-hard gymnastics fan, I have the Olympics to look forward to this summer.
I hope everyone takes this time to find things to look forward to as senioritis spreads, as well as focus on having fun in the present. Pun intended, I know I’m ready to “march” forward.
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