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My Final View of MSMU

Christos Yiatrou C'22

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Well... the time has come for my last post on My View of MSMU. When I started out a couple months ago, I wasn’t sure if this was going to be something I would look forward to or something I dreaded. However, looking back at this semester and seeing how far I’ve already come, I don’t regret it one bit. When I was first approached for this opportunity to share my insights and experiences here at the Mount, I was a little hesitant. Looking back at it, my hesitation were merely doubtful thoughts of my capabilities. I was fortunate enough to have some blogging experience in Dr. Kennedy’s social media class the previous semester. I was surprised to find that the blogging aspect of the class was quite enjoyable considering I wasn’t the biggest fan of writing. Transitioning to My View of MSMU gave me a lot more creative freedom in what I wanted to write about.  

I initially approached the blogs around the idea that focused specifically on my journey through college. It didn’t take long for me to realize that this was easier said than done. I felt like I needed to provide a lesson of some sort in my posts so that my audience would be able to get something out of my material. I remember writing the first two blogs and being absolutely stressed out about sharing my experiences. It sounds a bit crazy thinking about it now. I was worried about what others would think and surrounded myself with all this noise that was just beating me down.  

Over the semester, all that noise I surrounded myself with was gone out of the blue. I think we all get overwhelmed when we don’t do things the way we initially planned, but everything turns out alright. The truth of the matter is, we aren’t going to be perfect no matter how hard we try. As time went by, writing blogs every week became easier compared to the papers I was writing in my other classes. I genuinely looked forward to writing for the first time in my life, and it only took 22 years!  

Do I see myself going down the path of being a blog writer in the future? Not necessarily. I don’t believe my heart is fully dedicated to journalism and blogging for that matter, but I’ll never say never. I’ve learned a lot about myself not just as a writer but as a person. Looking at my blogs throughout the semester, I noticed my progression. Each week my confidence grew, and it was showing in my writing. Also, this platform allowed me to vent in an academic way.  

Since this is my final post, I am a little sad that it's over but also incredibly happy as well. A lot of mixed emotions if that even makes sense. What I am really trying to say is that I'm proud of getting out of my comfort zone and doing something I would not have even thought of doing before. My experience blogging has only been a pleasant experience which has allowed me to reflect on my past couple of years as a Mount student.  

Thanks for tuning in for the final session of My View of MSMU. This has been an experience I will never forget and I especially can't wait to look back at these five years from now. The support from my friends and family has been tremendous, and I can't be more thankful. Until next time, whenever that may be...

Christos Yiatrou C'22