The semester is coming to a close, and the chaos and panic of every class’s final project or paper being due in the same time frame has finally come to pass. The week we students all dread and look forward to simultaneously! The completion of a semester, and the anticipation of a break from intense study, hard work, and the juggling of life, school, and responsibilities is upon us. For me, this means that I get a full week to myself to catch up on the cleaning, laundry, and housework that has been just barely maintained throughout the semester. I also get one whole week to myself where my husband will be at work and my son will be in school, and I can get some of those more tedious household tasks done. My biggest plan is reorganizing and deep cleaning my office so that I will be ready to hit the ground running in January. I will be starting graduate school, and as an online student, my home office will be where I spend the majority of my time during this journey.

The close of this semester is special though, and I want to take a moment and celebrate how long this chapter has been. I started my collegiate journey when I was 18 and fresh out of high school. I wasn’t ready, and I didn’t do well at first. I ended up losing myself to depression, anxiety, and self-doubt. I gave up on ever reaching the goal I had set out to achieve of getting a degree. A lot of growth and love for myself, and I have just come home from my final day of classes in undergraduate school. The feelings of pride and satisfaction I have in this moment are indescribable. I am not quite finished, as I have a few assignments left to complete, but the end is so near now. My academic career has been non-traditional in every aspect, but I am finding myself feeling completely at peace with this journey, and unbelievably thankful that I have had the opportunity to take it.

My DS106 legacy, therefore, is to find your own path and journey throughout life. Comparing yourself to your peers is not only unhealthy, but it distracts you from celebrating your own accomplishments and accolades. I chose to teach you all to knit, and as I was working on it, I realized that life is similar to a knitted sweater. A single stitch does not amount to much, but out together with thousands of other stitches, it creates a beautiful garment. There are sometimes mistakes that you make and going back to correct them is sometimes daunting and hard to do, but in the end, you’ll be so glad you spent that extra time to correct them.

Take pride in your work every day and you’ll soon find that you are capable of so much more than you ever imagined.

Till next time,

-MM

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