My Christmas card letter

I normally send out monthly e-mail updates to family and friends, but I haven’t been too good about those this semester because I’ve been pretty busy (who isn’t?) and more focused on updating this site. So I’ll try to recap my semester and life here. Consider this my Christmas card.

I got home for winter break Saturday evening and have enjoyed truly relaxing for probably the first time since last Christmas. Let’s face it, my summer was not exactly leisurely. I have nothing on my calendar except holidays and a trip to visit friends, so I’m pretty excited about the next three weeks.

This semester has been more of the usual busy-ness filled with school and work and friends and extracurriculars. I really enjoyed all my classes for the first time, likely because all related to the magazine field or were about Harry Potter. My grades were just posted for the fall semester, and I’m on track to graduate Summa Cum Laude. I’m not typically one for bragging, but I am very, very excited about that prospect.

Being a PA still keeps me busy, I still teach fitness classes at the rec, and I still give tours of the j-school. As magazine club president, I’ve had the minor task of planning our annual trip to New York. Determing the 24 participants and then coordinating flight and hotel for everyone has taken up a lot of my time the past two months, and come January I’ll start booking magazine visits. The actual trip is in February and an absolute blast.

I keep myself sane outside journalism with singing in curricular and acapella choirs. My acapella group is all girls, and we sing lots of fun pop stuff. My curricular choir was among nine ensembles chosen to sing at a national conference at Yale in November, and we’re traveling to some festivals in Italy in May, so my first trip to Europe is in the works. Yay!

Speaking of May, I’m graduating then, which is a very scary thought, but fear not – I’m not shorting myself a year of the college experience. Instead, I’m staying at Mizzou to do the one-year master’s in journalism program. Very excited. Along that line, just last week three of my best friends and I signed a lease on a house for next year. As much as I’ve enjoyed res life, I’m so pumped to have my own place and be able to have people over and cook and decorate and all that fun stuff.

This summer I’m planning to be in New York interning with a magazine. Most applications are just coming out this or next month, but I potentially have a job with the features department at Shape lined up. For a class project this semester, I had the chance to interview the editor-in-chief of Shape, and it was without a doubt one of the coolest experiences of my college career. We talked for an hour and a half about everything related to the magazine, the industry and her life, and it’s looking like I’ll get an internship out of it. Not official yet, but keep your fingers crossed for me!

In other news, my siblings are getting terribly old, with my older brother now 21 and my younger sister and brother turning 16 and 13 this past October. I had a big-sister-freak-out at the prospect of my little sister driving and my little brother a teenager, but what can you do? As my mom says, “Imagine how I feel.” Getting older is definitely on my mind a lot, given that I’m graduating from college soon and junior year is one big birthday party as everyone (except me) turns 21.

Only other thing I can think of is that I have spent almost the entire NFL season dominating my extended family/family friends football pool. Given that I am the only girl in the competition, I am very proud of this fact.

All right, I’ll stop rambling. I hope everyone had a great fall and is enjoying some time off.

Happy holidays and happy new year!

Amy

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