sophomore slump, junior…?

From top-to-bottom left-to-right: 1. My monthly calendar looks crazy -- and I only write the big due-dates on that! 2. My little laptop is (knock on wood) still holding up despite the obscene amount of use it gets. 3. I My primary source of sustenance is cereal stolen from the dining halls... 4. I live off of gum. I honestly go through over a pack a day. It's a problem. 5. I've already gone through multiple highlighters. Have you ever finished a highlighter in your life?!

I was never one to believe in college stereotypes like the “sophomore slump.” I always figured that as long as you worked hard everything would be alright and everything would get done. I may have avoided the frightening sophomore slump, but I must admit that junior year is brutal; you’re past all introductory level courses, you’re way involved with officer positions in all of your clubs,  and there’s a little thing called an internship/job search that is ever-ominously looming. Junior year is a lot of work!! I’ve never had to pull an all-nighter in my life (thank goodness!), but this term has seen some pretty ridiculous nap-length nights of sleep… far too many to be healthy! And it’s not like I’m goofing around either! Even working straight from dawn to dusk, sometimes I fear that there will literally not be enough hours in the day to complete certain tasks. This term has been insane with school work, club work, and work work and I really hope that spring can bring some ray of relaxation… even an hour of TV a week would be nice! Anyone else feeling the stress?

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My name is Catherine Elizabeth Ziac (Cat, for short) and I am a senior at Union College in Schenectady, NY. When I'm not studying for my major in economics or my minor in Russian, you can find me skimming through catalogs, playing the flute, fishing, online window shopping, chatting with my sisters (my twin, Julia, studying physics at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA, or my little sister Maddy, currently a senior in high school), or out and about in good old Schenectady with my wonderful Union friends! I love pink nails, long showers, office supplies, and going to the public library. I spend too much time looking at blogs and skimming the WSJ online, but I still believe in the merits of a hand-written letter. I am always in the mood for yogurt and granola and am never without a piece of gum. I usually answer "blue" when asked my favorite color, but I know in my heart that it's always been and always will be garnet!

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