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Reflections

Ana Purchiaroni, C'23

On the Outside Looking In Blog

Campus this week has been at its peak of frenzy. Everyone is darting from their classrooms to the library and back again at pretty much all hours of the day. Finals week is upon us, and everyone just wants to go home. As for me, I have had some time to reflect on this semester and what I did to make the most out of it.

I started a blog, started a club, learned about my career path, was a part of two plays on campus, became somewhat of an artist and a writer, got more involved on campus, managed to stay on top of my classes, kept up relationships, made some friendships, and got through the semester in one piece. That’s quite a lot of growth in a couple of months. I am definitely not the same person that I was when I showed up to campus in August.

When I started this blog, it was all about me stepping out of my comfort zone and documenting my journey to get to the inside as an outsider. However, this blog became so much more than just a diary of my accomplishments and failures. It has become a way to share with the world all the things that a normal fall semester senior faces, just my point of view on how I deal with those challenges.

Whether it was becoming the president of a brand-new club, taking care of myself when I was sick, or dipping my toes into my future career, this blog has really shaped me and helped me mature. I have learned more about myself while sharing it with you all and showing you the good, bad, and ugly of senior year.

I think I have matured a lot since the beginning of the semester, and I’d like to think that is reflected in my blogs every week. Each week I stepped more and more outside of myself to continue to learn more about campus and the world around me. This blog has given me the confidence I lacked at the start to go out and try new things, meet new people, network, and more.

Every opportunity I took was an opportunity I could look forward to writing about, but the truth of the matter is that I never wanted to leave my readers without content. I made sure to try new things and get out of my apartment more, simply so that I had something to write about. However, as time went on, I stopped taking opportunities because it would be more interesting for the blog, and instead took those opportunities for myself.

This semester, I started off as a confused baby turtle, upside down on its back, afraid to even poke my head out of my shell, let alone try to get myself right side up again. Now I have popped my head out and opened my eyes to see the bright sun and the shining sea ahead of me. I was able to get right side up thanks to those family, friends, and professors who have helped me throughout the semester, and now I can be on my way towards the ocean.

I don’t think I am anywhere close to reaching the shore quite yet, perhaps I’ll get there next semester. For now, I actually see a future for myself, one full of helpful friends, new opportunities, and a better perspective on life. And none of it would have been possible without this blog. Thank you for reading and coming along with me on my journey to the inside. I hope you have learned just as much as I have. Happy Holidays and see you next year for my final semester at the Mount!

Ana Purchiaroni, C'23