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Last Advising Reflections

Ana Purchiaroni, C'23

On the Outside Looking In Blog

Honestly, I am scared and a bit nervous to go into my final semester. Am I ready? Do I have what it takes to graduate? Most of the fall semester, I have not even felt like a senior, but times like these, snap me back into reality. I am a senior, and I really am signing up for my last few courses of my college career.

Seventy-five days until the first day of classes for my last semester at the Mount. This is what I thought of as I went into my advising meeting. As some of you may know, this week was advising week on campus and there has been a certain feeling of anxiety in the air. Some students are excited about new and interesting classes, while others may be a bit intimidated by difficult sounding courses and unknown professors. I am somewhere in the middle, but for different reasons.

As I began planning my last semester (yes, I am going to keep emphasizing that) I started to think back to all the courses I have already taken. Ninety-seven credits are definitely nothing to scoff at. I have taken so many courses that were interesting and relevant to what I would like to be doing in the future. Media writing, gender and communications, media and society, social media, crisis communication, and public relations, just to name a few. All of these courses gave me the skills to pursue bigger and better things after college. And yet, I still have fewer than 15 more credits to take until I’m officially ready for the real world.

At my advising meeting, I was set on taking a certain class (intercultural communications) during spring semester, but when I went to sign up for it, it was not available. I had to improvise and find another class that I liked, but also fit the requirement. In the end I stuck with Latin American literature, which is a little outside of my normal media- and communications-affiliated classes, but it could be interesting. Some other ones I am excited for are graphic design and video production. From my last blog, you may know that I have found a love for creating graphics and eye-catching content, so learning more about graphic design will be a great skill to have on job applications after graduation. Video production will also be important to know for any media-related job I could get, especially in such a content heavy field like social media management and marketing. I even signed up for a sociology class, which is to fulfill my social-cultural communication concentration, but I am excited for it since I have never taken a sociology class. Perhaps I may learn something more about myself through this course.

Honestly, I am scared and a bit nervous to go into my final semester. Am I ready? Do I have what it takes to graduate? Most of the fall semester, I have not even felt like a senior, but times like these, snap me back into reality. I am a senior, and I really am signing up for my last few courses of my college career.

To all of my readers, especially underclassmen, do not stress too much about advising and whether you signed up for the right classes. During advising, the most important thing is that you are on track to graduate. As long as you are doing that and signing up for classes that fulfill requirements, then you are golden. However, as I have been through eight advising sessions as of now, I find it is just as important to take classes that you like and will allow you to acquire more skills. Make sure to take courses that are fulfilling to you, not just because they are a requirement, but because you will get use out of it such as the Mountain Echo newspaper or WMTB radio. You can learn a lot by signing up for these courses, not just necessary skills, but life lessons as well. You may even learn a little bit about yourself.

Ana Purchiaroni, C'23