This has been a whirlwind of a quarter for me at OU. It’s been an exercise in multi-tasking and prioritizing unlike anything I have ever experienced. Whether it was reading weekly articles for Nonprofit Management and writing papers interpreting those readings, beating my brain over how I was to carry out the Public Budgeting paper/presentation, rehearsing and performing with Azaguno each of the past five weekends, learning about employee/labor relations with OU’s Human Resources department for the MPA’s practicum credit, getting my feet wet with marketing research with the Raccoon Creek Partnership, blogging for the Voinovich School website, applying for summer internships, experiencing a shift in my personal life and the passing of my amazing grandfather, life has been a constant adjustment. It’s fragile and fleeting and as soon as you’re willing to embrace that, things start falling into place. It’s a philosophy I’m growing more comfortable with each day.
I’ve still got fresh blisters on my fingers from drumming at the OU Winter Dance Concert that was held at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium these past Friday and Saturday nights. They haven’t really had a chance to heal these past few weeks but it’s a small price to pay for pursuing a passion and being able to share it with others. Kind of like with life, you develop scars along the way, but the ability to share what you’ve learned with others makes every bit of discomfort and pain worth it. I have a little sister who I sometimes forget isn’t quite so little anymore, but 12, and wise beyond her years. She’ll be at Athens Middle School next year, and as old as I was when we moved to Athens 11 years ago. If she could have met 12 year-old me, she probably would’ve pointed and laughed. But I’d like to think I’ve come a long way since then, and in many ways it’s because of her. I’m sure that with me and our eldest brother around, she’s been able to witness the delicate balance of ups and downs associated with growing up. I’m confident that she will be able to take on the challenges ahead just as gracefully as she’s been able to all these years that she’s been juggling good grades, dance, piano lessons, and singing with multiple choruses. Yeah, she rocks.
But on that note, I should probably get back to my budgeting paper. I’ve been intimidated by the material, but luckily I’ve had a very supportive professor in Dr. Ryu so I would like to end the quarter with a great paper and presentation that demonstrate my appreciation for the course content and his teaching. I raise my coffee mug to week ten and the preparation for a fresh template of learning that awaits me this spring.