All essays submitted, all exams completed! I have finished one of the busiest, most stressful semesters yet, but now I have a hopefully more zen senior year to look forward to. But before all that I have a whirlwind summer awaiting. Just in the next month I will be visiting New Jersey, moving into my house, going to New York to visit a friend, and go to Italy for an internship. This is gonna be fun!
Tomorrow I have my course registration for fall semester of of my senior year. My mind is slightly blown right now! Two more semesters and then off to be a real adult.
College is expensive. There is no tiptoeing around that. We have all talked to those long graduated adults still paying off their college loans. It’s a HUGE financial investment that you and/or your family will most likely be paying for years down the road. But that is exactly what it is, an investment. For me, my college choice came down to available majors, cost, and value, with value trumping all. University of Delaware was definitely not my cheapest option, not even second or third, but I had to think about what I was paying for and the value of my education here. Not only did it give me what I wanted in location and major, but it had the academics that would allow me to get into grad school or get a job. I cannot say much about sports or any other major, but I can say that because of the resources and faculty within my ARTC and ARTH departments, I have received some amazing opportunities that I would never have had at any other institution. Being only a Junior, I have have had hands-on internships in object, archaeological, and painting conservation. I have interned at an institution that I had dreamed of working at as a kid. I am going to be able to do mosaic conservation in Italy. I have had access to talented and well-known people within my field and I know that the people who surround me legitimately want me to succeed.
So, although I will be paying off more debt than I had original planned, every time I send a check in, I will know I’m getting a whole lot of bang for my buck!
Over winter break I was going on a little cleaning spree. As I was tearing apart my closet I came across a big yellow envelope with a shinny blue “Congratulations!” on it. It was definitely a big day the day that envelope came in the mail. I’m pretty sure it was the first acceptance I had received, so it truly brought college to my doorstep. So, as they start rolling in, make sure to celebrate, keep that envelope, and enjoy now being the one to make the decision!