Senior year starts here

*This post was previously published for the blog, “Rachel Shubin.” It is now Cape May Rachel*

Today was technically  my first day as a senior at George Mason University. I’m eight credits behind the standard senior, but that’s okay because I have finally come into my own here at GMU.

The cold weather today reminded me of my first spring semester at GMU, only a few degrees warmer that day. I woke up this morning, after having a slight nightmare that I was taking another math class. Thankfully, I finished that requirement at community college, so I don’t have to relive my math days.

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Spring 2013, first day of classes at GMU.

I was tired when I woke up, because I haven’t shifted back to my early morning classes, but I woke without a sense of dread of heading to my first class. It’s not my “first day of the last semester” because I do still have those pesky eight credits left — but it is the “first day of the last full semester!”

My only class today is a communication class called news writing and reporting. The building that class is in, always has the heat on blast! GMU is always a sauna in the winter. It’s a 24 person class, with a few familiar faces. I’ve been in the comm department long enough to start having people I know in my classes.

The professor did her shtick, and then it was time for the stereotypical and cliche “class introductions.” It’s not that I don’t like hearing about my classmates, or bragging about myself for that matter; it just feels so middle/high school-esque.

I always try to think about what I’m going to say, which sometimes changes depending on what other people say. This introduction of mine was pretty standard: senior, three years interning at Cape May Magazine, hope to work there when I graduate and write about local events.

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Came home to find out I made Dean’s List for Fall 2015 semester!

I’m finally ready to move on from the college portion of my life. It’s been quite a ride and I’ve learned a lot about myself and also discovered a new found appreciation for being a “jstudent” or journalism student. I might not go to a journalism college, heck I’m not even majoring in journalism (seriously GMU needs a journalism program), but I’m still a jstudent in all senses of the word.

I’m ready to brace this semester and work hard, because it’s one semester closer to graduating and starting a brand new life that I have been waiting for, for so long.

I normally just blog on sandpipercat.com, my primary platform, but this is going to be my more professional blog of sorts.

 

Author:

Rachel Shubin lives in Cape May, New Jersey. She works full-time as the content marketing coordinator for the Cape May County Herald Newspaper. She also writes a freelance book review column for Cape May Magazine. Rachel’s previous work experience includes a year and a half of freelancing for the Cape May Star and Wave Newspaper. Her beat was municipal meetings, human interest and a multiple article series featuring millennials. She also has two years at the front desk of the Victorian Motel under her belt. Rachel graduated from George Mason University in 2016 with a B.S. in communications and a concentration in journalism. Rachel currently writes Sandpiper Cat Blog. She is an associate member of the Cat Writers’ Association. Rachel wrote for IV Estate, George Mason University’s student newspaper. Rachel was a contributing editor to Tote Magazine. Rachel has worked with Cape May Magazine, since 2013. Rachel was a marketing associate for The Admiral’s Daughter by Beth Jannery. Rachel previously for the W.T. Woodson Cavalcade (4 years), CWA Meow Newsletter, Cape May Star & Wave Newspaper, The Fairfax Patch, Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation newsletter and The Pennant Magazine. Rachel currently volunteers with Animal Outreach of Cape May County and has previously worked with Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation. Rachel can be contacted at capemayrachel@gmail.com.

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