Senior Struggle #6: It’s OK to Want an End

As I get ready to graduate, I have to keep this saying in mind!

Hello, readers! I hope your week is going well so far! We have five weeks of school left, and those weeks are flying by! The time passing quickly is sad as I realize that my final year of college is coming to a close, but at the same time, I’m happy that it will be done soon and I will be able to start a new chapter of my life.

Throughout this second semester, I’ve felt that it hasn’t been okay to feel that I wanted college to be over. College is supposed to be the best four years of your life, right? While these years have been amazing, I feel like there is a reason that college is only four years: because at this point, I’m supposed to grow up. I’ve outgrown communal living where I have to share a bathroom (even though I’m living with my best friends), I’ve outgrown classwork, even though I know I’m learning a lot in my classes, and I’ve especially outgrown the feeling that I have to do everything and be busy to be the best version of myself.

I’m ready for independence. Hope has prepared me well to use the skills I’ve learned in class for internships and jobs. I’m ready to live into things I’m passionate about and I’m ready to say no to things that are a source of stress. I’m ready for my own space; I’m ready to find out who my close friends are, and I’m ready for a new chapter of my life to begin.

For a long time I thought that this readiness wasn’t normal and that I was being selfish because I wanted to move on from college. I would suppress these feelings and try to be sentimental when people asked me if I was ready to graduate. “No way!” I’d say, “I want to stay here forever!” But that wasn’t true!

Although Hope has given me skills and memories that I’m thankful for, I don’t think this feeling of wanting to move on is bad for me. It’s one I’ve definitely had to come to terms with, but I think every senior has been or is going through the struggle of feeling like they want to stay and go at the same time. What’s important is knowing what these feelings mean for you individually, and how they affect you.

Whether you’re a freshman or a senior and these last weeks come and go, enjoy the time you have left at Hope, but also be at peace with what you’re feeling. Until next time!

Spring Is Here and So Were My Parents!

I was lucky enough to spend my spring break traveling in Italy with my parents! We started in Rome and toured the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. It’s hard to describe visiting a place that holds such renowned artwork and museums showcasing items that span a longer period of time than Christianity itself.

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The next morning we boarded a train to Venice where we spent a few days exploring the Floating City. There’s nothing quite like this city of stone bridges standing over countless canals that carve narrow watery alleys between the bordering buildings.

Today, tourism is a primary contributor toward keeping this city afloat. While we toured Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica, both incredible and definitely worth seeing, I had the most fun getting lost winding through narrow alleys and finding the locals’ Venice. Once you step beyond St. Mark’s Square or the main Rialto bridge area, you can find a different side to Venice’s enchanting charm.

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From Venice we traveled to Florence, a city known for its Renaissance art and architecture. We went to the Uffizi Gallery, home to Raphael’s Self-Portrait, Caravaggio’s Bacchus, Botticelli’s Venus, work by Michelangelo, Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, etc.

We spent some time in the Duomo, climbing the bell tower, and seeing the baptistry, I even climbed to the top of the dome! And, of course we also saw Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia.

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The rest of my parents’ time in Italy was spent in Rome. I was able to show them where I live in Prati, what I see on my walk to school, and play tour guide at some of my favorite places. From Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, to the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman forum, we saw a lot of Rome together.

It was really nice to be able to spend time with my parents here in Italy. We saw so many beautiful sights, ate a ton of pasta, and tried a lot of different gelato flavors. It made spring break that much more special to be able to share it with people I love. And hopefully they had just as much fun exploring Italy with me and getting to see what my life here in Rome this semester is like.

Thanks for reading,
Erin

My Spring Break

Happy Monday, Readers!

I hope you all enjoyed your Spring Break and feel relaxed and rejuvenated as we enter this last sprint before the school year ends. As a senior, it felt like this Spring Break was needed more than ever before. Here’s a little glimpse into what I did!

For my break, I headed down to sunny Florida with my family. It was so nice to be able to spend one final break with them before my sister and I graduate. We had been to Florida before, but this break was different. This break was needed, and it didn’t feel long enough. We didn’t want to come home!

When we boarded our plane Thursday afternoon heading to Florida, we were cold and ready for the sun. I can say with confidence that we didn’t leave the sun for 10 straight days. We spent every day on the beach reading books, taking much-needed naps, and dipping our toes in the warm Gulf Coast water. We had some different excursions during the evenings, like going to a play, exploring the surrounding Naples area, and going on a sunset boat ride, but other than that, we played many games of cards and read a lot of books. It was blissful! Leaving Florida’s 75 degree weather and coming back to Michigan’s 30 degree weather was a wake-up call, but I’m glad to be back with my friends for these final weeks until graduation.

A view of the sunset from the boat tour we went on!
It was so much fun being able to go on Spring Break with my best friend!

I hope you all had a great break and are ready to push through these next few weeks!

Until next time!

Porsche

We all know Porsche. One of the most luxurious and most technically developed cars one can buy in current market. People think Porsche is one of the symbols of brilliant German engineering, precision, and reliability. As of right now, it is truth, but most people do not know that Porsche is not German company. It is Czech company, which moved to Germany and became German. Actually, the founder Ferdinand Porsche, was born in Vratislavice neighborhood, which is part of Liberec, my hometown. He went to Technical University in Liberec and got a job in Vienna when he turned 18. On of the reasons, why he did not come back to the Czech Republic (Czechoslovakia back then) is because he sympathized with Hitler and his ideas.

Also what people do not know is that Volkswagen Beetle is a reality only because of Adolf Hitler. The VW Beetle is a direct product of Adolf Hitler. He actually contracted Ferdinand Porsche in 1934 and asked him to design and construct it.

The fact that Porsche had a lot of sympathies for Hitler was a big controversy of reconstructing his house where he was born in Vratislavice, Liberec. Nevertheless, Škoda the Czech car manufacturer bought it and made a museum out of it.

Porsche´s house back then.
Porsche´s house back then.
Porsche´s house now.
Porsche´s house now.

Chilean Movie Night

This Wednesday (March 15), I and Amie Hixon will organizing a Chilean movie night on the behalf of International Student Office in order to promote studying abroad. We both studied abroad in Chile this past fall semester. I was in Business and Culture program and Amie was in Liberal Arts Program. We will have a brochures about all the possible options if you are interested in studying abroad in Chile.

The movie, we will be playing will be is called Machuca (2004) and it is about two boys who observe a political coupe in their native country Chile. The only reason we picked it because it has the highest ranking on IMDb of 7.8. It got 12 awards wins and 5 nominations. I and Amie have not seen it yet, so it will be for the first time as well. So come to watch and explore about studying in Chile!

@DePree Cook Auditorium  at 7:00 pm

Cover of Machuca movie.
Cover of Machuca movie.

Liberec

I talked about Prague a few blogs ago, but I have not mentioned my hometown and the city I was born. There is a lot of things to talk about, so I will probably write two or three more posts about it because my town in many ways is really a pearl in a sea.

Liberec or as many people know the city as Reichenberg in German, is a city located on the North of the Czech Republic, only 30 minutes from German and Polish border. It has population of 102,000 people and it was first mentioned, and therefore established in 1352. It is a pearl in the sea, because of its population and economic power and demand, it is very beautiful and historic.

Liberec has a lot of beautiful, historic and modern buildings that form the city, but those Jětěd and Liberecká Radnice are the symbols of the town.

On of the great things in Liberec is its location between mountains, so people can in 20-30 minutes drive outside Liberec and ski, mountain bike, walk, or cross country ski. On the top of the mountains is a telecommunication tower and hotel at the same time. It was designed by Karel Hubáček and built in 1973. In that time, people saw it as “futuristic” building.

Ještěd in during the winter.
Ještěd in during the winter.
Jěštěd.
Ještěd.

The second symbol of Liberec is Liberecká radnice, which would translate to English as Town Hall of Liberec. The architect of this was Franz Neumann, an Austrian architect. The building was finished in 1893 and it is a “smaller” copy or version of the Town Hall in Vienna.

Town Hall of Liberec.
Town Hall of Liberec.

Principles of Microeconomics

Since, I am Management major Principles of Microeconomics is a must-take class. It is not terribly difficult, but harder harder than Principles of Macroeconomics. But I am not really talk here about what we study in Microeconomics, but more the difference between the Management and Economics major. I was an Economics major, then I declared a Management major with an Economics minor, and now I am only Management major.

For the Economics and Management majors you take about 70% of the same classes. Then Management gets more practical and business-oriented, whereas Economics gets more theoretical. Also, Management is the only “business” degree in Hope. Economics is not “business” degree. So if you are student who is interested in pursuing a career in business, then Management major is much better option.

I have a lot of friends and relatives, who if I say, I am Management major, they think I am studying to be a “boss” or “executive”. It is not true. Firstly, there is not such as school that makes you a CEO, other than time, experience, and long length of right decisions. So in the Management major still get to learn the core of economics, which is very important in business, but then you focus more on real life related work.