Four Weeks to go!!!!

Hello Concord Family,

I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy at Concord. As for me, I am finally doing better after being sick for weeks. I am also in shock because I only have four weeks left of being a junior and then I become a senior. Is weird to think in just a few weeks I will be entering my last year of undergrad, I knew time would go by fast, but I had no idea how fast it would be.

April was a hard month for me but as always, I pushed through, I was excited to head into April because of the warm weather and just being able to do things outside. But I was hit with bad allergies and getting sick at the same time. For a few weeks, I really had a hard time being a student and trying to keep it all balanced. Even though I was behind at times academically, I still found the courage to push through. Because I am in classes geared towards my major, that is where my motivation came from because I really like attending these classes and just talking about political science. These classes that excites were able to be my motivator to get up everyday and go to class even if I was feeling sick.

Even though April was hard for me, I still had some things I looked forward to. For one, I declared a second minor in Journalism, and I am so excited about it because anyone that knows me, knows I love to talk. I also wrapped up my job at Xfinity as an ambassador which was very bittersweet as I had so much fun working there and learning from them. I also got choose my classes for next fall, which means only one semester of choosing classes left for me. And on top of all that, I am still studying for the LSATs. April was filled with up and downs, but it was still busy.

As we enter May, I am looking forward to being done with finals and being able to just take a break from school. I might also be getting some exciting news (fingers crossed) so stay updated with my May blog. And honestly, I am looking forward to nicer weather still.

Lastly, as a black person in America and a black woman, the verdict of Derek Chauvin was important for me. Hearing the guilty verdict was like breathing a sigh of relief, in that moment it felt like finally, justice. But the works does not stop, there is still work to be done and even though Chauvin was found guilty, it also showed that the work is just starting. The fight continues!

I hope everyone has been safe and healthy at Concord!

Until Next Time,

J’So!

March Madness

Hello Concord Family,

Hope everyone is doing well at Concord and staying healthy! It truly feels like the chaos from March was true for me. March meant it has been a little over a month since we got back from break.

March for me meant midterms and getting ready for spring break. It felt like midterms came out of nowhere and before I knew it I was drowning in school work. Through all the stress I will say, midterms went well for me and I am mostly happy with my midterm grades. I will say academically this semester things are going well so far and I am still happy with my classes.

Out of all my classes I am still so excited to be in my International Law and Organization class, as my well as my class focused on China, India and Japan. The more time I spend in these classes the more I am excited about my focus on International Law and what all that entails. I don’t think I have ever been so excited for a class and it just makes me extremely happy when is time to go to class.

Once I was done with midterms it was time for spring break and I was really looking forward to taking time off and just resting. Spring break for me was filled with working and spending time with my family which I was looking forward to. Even though I was on break, I was still studying because I am preparing to take my LSAT’s for law school. So, I will say even though spring break was to relax, I didn’t relax as much as I thought I would.

With March also came the trial of Derek Chauvin, the office who kneeled on George Floyd’s neck until he died. As a black woman and with the start of the trial, it has been hard to revisit what happened this summer. It has also been an anxious time for me because the justice system has failed us before and as a person of color you are just anxiously waiting for everything to play out and hope that for once justice is done.

As March has come to a close, I am excited for April and the weather change. I am not looking forward to dealing with allergies, but I am looking forward to the warm weather, being outside and being able to have class outside for a change. The change in weather just overall lifts up my mood and I am excited for that.

I hope everyone is doing well and being healthy at Concord!

Until Next Time,

J’So!

Two Semesters to go!

Hello Concord Family,

Hope you are all doing well! Wow I cannot believe almost a year later and we
are still in a pandemic. It has definitely been interesting getting used to our
new normal.

Well for me I am in my second semester of Junior Year. So, I have about two
semesters left in order to get my bachelor’s degree. I cannot believe it but
time does really fly. I would say first semester of Junior year was a little
hard for me, both mentally and physically. I was only partially happy with my
grades from fall semester but coming into this new semester I am ready to
tackle whatever comes my way.

Spring is usually a time for me when I thrive just because the weather is
nicer and I can study outside and do other things outside. With that in mind I
am very excited about the classes I am taking this semester. As I usual, I am
extremely excited about my political science classes because it is my major and
after this semester, I only have one class left to complete my major. I have
also decided to declare my minor this semester, so I am also excited about that
class and everything we will be talking about. The one class I am worried about
is my statistics class just because math is not really my strongest suit, but I
will still try my best.

Right now, I am focusing on my academics but also thinking into the future
by looking at potential law schools and getting ready to take my LSATs. This
semester I also became a brand ambassador for Xfinity, so I am really enjoying
working on social media and posting. I am also still involved in the two
cultural clubs that are near and dear to me. I have a lot of exciting things to
look forward to but it also keeps me really busy. Overall, I will say I believe
this semester will be a good one if I make it one. With so little time left in
my college career, I am making the most of everything.

One thing I have learned throughout this pandemic and going to school within
a pandemic, is to take care of myself. Self is really important for not only
our mental but physical health as well. I would say that taking time for myself
has become part of my daily life and a lesson learned that I want to share with
everyone.

I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe at Concord!

Until next time,

J’So!!

 

The Last Stretch!!

Hello Concord family,

I hope everyone is doing well at Concord and staying healthy.

It feels so weird so say but we are so close to Christmas break and I am very much excited about that. This semester by no mean has been easy. Since starting College, this is the most I felt unorganized ever. Being in school this semester has just felt like going to class and having assignments dumped on us and having to teach ourselves a lot of the material. But at the same time, it has thought us a lot.

Throughout dealing with COVID19 and the uncertainty that came with it, I realized that time is short but time also goes by fast. I learned that if I want to do something, I need to just go for it. I feel as a student, we have struggled with balance and getting things done. Finding the motivation to do things just seemed harder and harder as the semester went.

At the beginning of the semester, I set goals for myself and being almost done with this semester; I am not sure if I will reach my goals but I know I have worked hard in all my classes. I am still enjoying going to class daily and I am still doing well in them. As we get close to the end of the semester, I am a little sad about being done with some of my classes because I have had amazing discussions and learned a lot from them. Especially my Political classes, some of the discussions we have and the way our teacher pushes us to think outside of the box has really pushed me to grow mentally and to analyze things more in depth. The classes I am taking just keep proving to me that I am following the right path with the field I want to go into.

As we get closer and closer to break, I am excited to take time off and just breath a little and spend time with family.

I hope everyone is doing well at Concord!

Until Next Time,

J’so!

Relief!

Hello Concord family,

I am so sorry for being so late in posting this month. It has been a stressful last few weeks wrapping up midterms and getting ready for election week.

October was a long and stressful. We were already halfway through first semester of Junior year, which meant getting ready for midterms. It honestly felt like it all came out of nowhere and happened so fast.

I am truly happy to be done with midterms and to be able to take a breath from the long stressful weeks we’ve had. I am proud of myself and happy that I finished strong on my midterms and I am happy with my grades.

With midterms done and out of the way it was already election time. That truly felt like it came out of nowhere as well. I was so excited because it was my first time voting in a US presidential election. Even with the pandemic going on, it was nice to see people out voting and exercising their rights.

Even though October was a stressful month, I am happy to wrap it up and head into November. With November I am looking forward to spending time with my family and heading home for a little break.

I hope everyone is doing well at Concord.

Continue reading “Relief!”

Welcome Back!!!

Hello Concord Family,

It is so good to be back to writing my blogs and to be back to being in person for school. I hope everyone is doing well at Concord.

I am a month into my Junior year of College and I cannot believe it one bit.
I am so excited to be back on campus but at the same time it does not feel
normal at all. Compared to a normal year, campus these days feels so empty even
with students on campus. But overall, I think we are all grateful to be on
campus and to be able to be in an academic environment. Things are a little
different because of the Covid19 restrictions, having to wear masks constantly
and not being able to be social like we want to. But at the end of the day
these restrictions are important to keep us safe and on campus as much as
possible.

Overall, I am excited to be a Junior but at the same time I am a little
scared because it means I am getting closer and closer to the end of my college
career. But for this year I am really excited about taking all my Political
Science classes, this just reassures to me that I made the right decision with
my major.

So far, all my professors have been amazing and the classes have been so
interesting and exciting to learn about all my different subjects. Once again,
this semester, I have a goal set for myself to do the best I can academically
this semester.

September has been an up and down month but as is ending I am excited to see
what October has to bring. With everything that have been going on with Corona,
more than ever I am trying my best to be optimistic and hopeful that things
will the back to normal soon.

With all that is going on, let us not forget Black Lives Still Matter and we
are still fighting for our equal rights. No matter what is going on we must
never forget our fight for equality and justice.

Until Next time,

J’so!

Black Lives Matter!

Hello Concord Family,

Hope you are all doing well!

It feels so good to be back to writing my blog again, with all that is going on in the world and within our own state it has been important for me to take time and reflect. I usually focus my blog on school and academics which I will talk about in this post but there is a cry for change going on that I must talk about also.

It feels so weird to say but I am officially a Junior in college, I do not know where time is going but it all feels so surreal to me. When I started this year, I had goals for myself to push myself to be even better then I was before. I can say that I am really proud of myself and I feel like this semester has been my best semester grade wise.

Now that I am a junior, it feels like is finally hitting me. As I start to focus on taking my LSAT and applying to law schools, I am excited to enter Junior year in the fall and to learn all over again. I don’t know what Junior year will entail but I know that I will continue to push myself to the best I can be academically.

Nelson Mandela once said, « No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes naturally to the human heart than its opposite. » With all that is going on, this quote really speaks to me. Not long ago we all found out that George Floyd a black man was killed by a white cop. Hearing this news broke my heart and left me feeling empty. Everyday us black people are treated unequally and constantly face police brutality. Being born black is not a crime and it is high time people start treating us equally.

We have come to the point where not only do we demand justice for George Floyd but we demand equality and justice for every black person in this country. Enough is enough and the cry for change has started and it is making waves.

I am extremely proud to be a black woman, I will continue to fight for the equality of black people because we are humans as well and I will continue to be an advocate for change.

The world is changing, people are finally standing up for what is right. The fight will continue and us black people will be treated with respect and equality.

I hope everyone is doing well at concord.

Until Next Time,

J’so!

Quarantining

Hello Concord Family,
I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe and healthy.
This past month of April was spent at home quarantining with my family in order to flatten the curve of Covid-19. April was a really hard month for me, trying to adjust to having online classes and having to stay home for a long period of time.

Online classes have gotten a little easier, but for me having online classes was hard because it felt really disorganized and very uncertain. I will say though that, for the past few weeks I have gotten the hang of doing school online and having to in a way teach myself a lot of things.

As April comes to an end, this means we are already getting towards the end of the Semester and going into finals. Even though this year’s finals will look different, I set goals for myself at the beginning of the semester that I am trying to reach. Even if things are a little uncertain right now, I still believe that I can make this semester my best one yet.

I cannot believe my Sophomore year is coming to an end already, it was nothing like I planned in my mind but I still learned a lot and grew a lot.

This month has been really uneventful for me, as I have just been focusing on my classes and being home to stay in the moment with my family and make the best of this really hard situation, we are in. But one thing I have learned, is to keep hope that things will get better with time and hopefully we can all find our normal again.

I hope everyone is doing well and keeping hope alive to get through this though time we are in.

Until next time,

J’so!

“Be Strong”

Hello Concord,

Wow, what a crazy few months is really been. Never did I expect that entering 2020 would lead to such a dark and trying times. The last few months have been filled with nothing but uncertainty and that somehow makes life really hard. In a span of a few months, to weeks and days our lives took such a drastic change that I believe no none saw coming.

As February ended and we went into March, I had so much planned to look forward to. I was excited to spend time with my family and traveling a little, I looked forward to events happening on campus that we have all been looking forward to the whole year. Even though plans were being made in already moments of uncertainty, there was still hope that everything would be back to normal by the time we got to spring break. It seems that is not the case.

One of the hardest parts of having to deal with corona virus, is having all classes online. That transition has been extremely hard for me, I found that the balance I just finally figured out just disappeared in a way. I truly have been having a hard time keeping up with my assignments and making sure everything is turned in on time. In a way, everything is overwhelming on top of having to deal with anxiety and fear of what corona virus can bring.

One thing that really pained me throughout dealing with this virus, is having friends that our seniors and seeing them dealing with the uncertainty. Seeing them get sad at the idea that they might not walk at commencement after having spent four years looking forwards to this moment, high school seniors that won’t get to go to prom and graduate and many more things that every senior has looked forward to.

It seems COVID-19 came out of nowhere and put our lives to a halt. For now, I say we continue to be strong and hopeful that this virus would go away and we can have a sense of normal back. This uncertain time, I feel like has brought us closer to our families and people we care, made us more aware of our priorities and opened our eyes to many things because you realize life is short and never know what can happen.

For now, let us stay strong and hopeful, stay inside as advise and take care of ourselves.

Until Next time Concord,

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.

J’so!

 

Springggggggg!

Hello Concord family,

Hope all is going well on your side!

Woah! I only have one word to describe this semester; and it is busy. I have never felt so busy in life. In a way is good because I am definitely keeping myself busy but at the same time is bad because I am consistently having to do something which can be tiring.

So far, this semester is treating me well and I am really excited about that. I can’t believe I am in the spring of my Sophomore year; it doesn’t seem right but time is not slowing down for anyone. I am really happy to say I am finally taking classes for my major which feels up the majority of my schedule and I am so excited about my classes; it makes me realize that I am on the right path.

This semester, I am taking World Politics, Research Methods for political science, Public Policy and Introduction to Ethics. This has my schedule all over the place but at the same I am learning so much. For the four classes I have, I really like most of my professors and they really care about us as students. My classes make me really excited about being a political science major and it is such a diverse field that there is no one right path to take.

Academically things are going well and I am happy with how things are going. Once again, I have really important goals for myself and I am hoping with hard work I can reach them and make myself proud. Once again is all about balance, that is something I am continuing to work on. With just one month into the semester balance is a priority, is not something that comes easy but the more you practice it the easier it gets.

This semester has a lot to offer and I am excited to see where it takes me. College is going by fast and at this rate I am trying live in the moment while also being a student.

I hope things are going well at Concord, on my side academically and socially things are going really well.

Until Next time,

J’so!