Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Words to Live By

There will always be things that disappoint us, there will always be struggles we go through. There will, hopefully, be triumphs we experience, moments of pride and success. I hope that I will always put credit where it is due.

"Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance, and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts but the Holy Spirit who was given to us." Romans 5:1-5

I will never comprehend the love that God has for me. I am constantly reminded of how much He gives to me.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Summer has Started

Finals week was stressful. I’m glad its over. I don’t do well with tests, they always stress me out and I’m not a very good test-taker anyways. I had Monday free of exams to practice and study, which I did all day long. Luckily I had fellow students studying with me, which at times helped. Sometimes it was a distraction but it was more helpful than disruptive.
            My first exam, on Tuesday, was the practical I had to take, with this exam I had to get an 80% or better to move on to the second semester of the Athletic Training program. I had prepared all day Monday and felt ready. When my turn finally came I walked in to the classroom where the scenario was taking place and needless to say, I choked.  I felt like I remembered some important things and forgot others. When I left I did not feel confident about my performance at all and was very disappointed in myself. During practicing and other scenarios I felt confident, I talked through the process and didn’t forget very much, but of course when the time came to be graded I forgot everything I had been working so hard to remember.
            Wednesday I had the written portion of my final exam for the same class the practical had been in the day before. We had the option of finding out our grades for the practical before or after we took the written. I chose before because I knew I would race through the written exam just to find out my grade. I had anticipated failing it, which I did…by 1%. 80% was a passing grade and I ended with a 79%.  Fortunately I was able to redo the practical and passed it the second time around. But during the rest of finals all I could think was how I had failed the practical the first time and that wasn’t good enough.
            Thursday brought me 2 exams, which I could have done better on. But there is always room for improvement and at the time those classes were not my priority. I did my redo practical on Friday and passed. Afterward I talked with my professor about why I had failed it the first time. He was very encouraging; again I was frustrated about failing it the first time. But the reasons I failed were not things that would drastically affect a person in a real life situation. Which I suppose is encouraging; at least I’m not going to kill anyone.
            Now summer’s here, and I don’t have to worry about exams for a little while. I’m still working at the ballet for a couple more weeks. I’ve moved home, which makes my commute to work lovely, going from a 15 min drive to 45 minutes is not the most exciting thing. But at least I can see my dog every day. And in a few weeks the ballet will start their summer program and I will move back to UWM and live in Sandburg until I leave for the Olympics in July.

Until that time I will read a lot of books, sit by the pool and get a tan, and play with my dog. 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Passport Please

My tickets to London have been bought. :D
Earlier this week I met with the appropriate people at UWM and we went through the process of finding a flight. It's pretty exciting. The lady I worked with was very excited as well. She kept giggling and saying "this is so exciting" while we selected the tickets. At one point she even said "take me with you". It was pretty funny.

So I will leave the US on July 27'th. I'll be picking up my volunteer uniform on July 29th. If anyone is interested in seeing what I'll be wearing maybe I will post a picture; once I get the outfit. My first volunteer shift will be August 4'th so I should have plenty of time to get situated and experience the atmosphere that will be around the city during this time. One downside is that I will miss the Opening Ceremonies. I'll be flying high on my way though.

Once my shifts start I have one day off to rest, the day before the wrestling competitions begin. I have found out that a number of wrestlers I met while interning in Colorado Springs will be representing the US. I couldn't be prouder of them or more excited to experience this with them. I'm hoping I will be able to watch them compete even though I will be "working". I have a feeling it will be much different than when I volunteered at the Test Event. Less laid back.

As the Olympics get closer God is putting everything into place for my trip, in His perfect timing.

Plane Tickets-Yes
Friends in England-Yes
Volunteer Uniform-Date to be picked up chosen
Volunteer Shifts-Yes

82 Days until the Opening Ceremonies in London