The Final Semester

One week from today I will begin my final semester. I cannot believe this is it – I’m almost done with college. And to put the cherry on top – I will have completed my 4 year degree in 3 1/2 years.

One week from today I will enter a Kindergarten classroom. I will get to know my students and create so many awesome memories there.  I will commute to Minneapolis every week until December from our lovely apartment in Saint Paul. I will then have to leave those awesome Kindergarteners to do my 3rd grade placement, and create even more awesome memories. In each of those classrooms, I will teach for two weeks full-time (in addition to the other weeks of part-time teaching) and get a real taste of my soon to be profession.

It’s hard to believe the end is here. College has been filled with so many beautiful moments, so many amazing individuals, and so much knowledge gained. While my final semester will not mean time spent at a desk learning from a professor, I know I will learn the most yet from being at the front of the classroom.

As my final semester is about to start, I can’t help but look back on these photos and relive the years that have already happened.

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As this semester begins, I ask that you keep Trevor and me in your prayers! As the semester begins, my name will be sent out (hopefully primarily on the West Coast) for positions at Lutheran schools. While I am beyond excited to see where God will take us and how He will work through me, there is a lot of unknown right now! Prayers are so greatly appreciated!

I can’t wait to share some awesome things from this upcoming semester with you all!
XO Elisebeth

P.S. Is anyone SUPER PSYCHED for fall weather? (I am, obviously).

Growing Up

Today I had one of those weird moments where you realize you’re an adult. I was reading my friend’s blog and it just kind of hit me.

She’s in nursing school and it made me realize that we’re all finishing up college already. It’s been hitting me a lot lately that I will be doing my student teaching next semester, but to see my peers going through similarly exciting and important parts of their academic programs really hit home the point. We’re growing up. Some of us have grown up already. I may still be in school, but I am married. My best friend is getting married in less than two months. I have several friends who have children already. WHAT!? When did all of this happen? And how did it happen so quickly?

I recently came across a large document of information regarding the call process that I will be going through in a few months. For those of you outside of the Lutheran circle, the call process is a placement process for teachers, pastors, DCEs, and DCOs (I think there are a few others too, but I cannot think of them off the top of my head). For me, as I am getting my minor in Lutheran Theology at an LCMS school, I will receive a call to an LCMS school. While I have grown up within this process and gained a lot of firsthand experience with it, there were still many questions I have had. This document answered pretty much answered all of it. It has me beyond excited to begin filling out paperwork (my first meeting will be sometime after Easter!!) and get the wheels turning. This has really hit home the whole growing up idea, too.

I have really been into the “On This Day” feature on Facebook lately. This is partially due to my love of reminiscing, but also because it’s crazy to realize how long ago some of those oh-so-important high school memories were. Like, wow, it’s been almost three years since I graduated from high school. My baby sister graduates in May!

I am just dumbfounded by everything that has happened in my life and how wonderfully well God has established my path. Please keep Trevor and me in your prayers as the call process begins as well as for our schedules. We keep getting busier and it’s becoming reality that we need to actually plan dates.

Remember kids, don’t grow up too fast. You’ll be there before you know it.
XO Elisebeth

How to Prepare for Second Semester

It seems like just yesterday was finals’ week – and now spring semester is upon us! As I enter my final Spring semester I thought I should throw together a post to help others prepare for their “second semesters”.

Why am I approaching this through second semester rather than just spring semester? Well, some people start in the Spring, so some of my tips won’t be applicable to them.

As an education major, I look forward to going back to college – regardless of if it’s for my first or second semester of that school year. I look forward to learning many new things and putting together everything that is needed to be a successful teacher. This semester is no different. Hopefully my “How to Prepare for Second Semester” guide will get you in the mood to go back too!

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How to Prepare for Second Semester

Get your supplies in order.

I don’t know about you, but I use every last piece of paper for notes and assignments during first semester. My binders are falling apart by about halfway through and I have lost all of my good pens, too. Prior to the start of second semester I go buy all the school necessities. This gets me off to a good start and I am ready to take on everything thrown at me! I also have a love affair with office supplies, so buying new makes me a very happy person. Also – supplies includes textbooks. I know many students who do not buy/rent their books until they know they need them for the class or they just never buy them. If that works for you, much applause. This does not work for me! I rent my books through Amazon and Chegg, whichever is cheaper.

Get back to a normal schedule.

Don’t think I don’t know you have spent your winter break laying in bed, watching Netflix, and eating Pringles for every meal. There’s nothing wrong with relaxing, trust me I have done my fair share this break, but you have to get back to a school-worthy schedule before the Monday of classes. (I guess if you don’t have class until 2 pm, you have lucked out and it will be easy to adjust.) I have to be on campus at 8 am or 8:30 am everyday this semester, so my wake up schedule needs to be heavily reconfigured. Another important thing to adjust in your schedule before your first day of classes is your eating schedule. I have been indulging myself in loads of sugar and fats this break, and I know once school starts up my brain will be sludge if I continue this habit. The rest of this week will be committed to me adjusting back to my regular eating habits.

Get your brain back into school mode.

Even if you really don’t want to go back, it is oh so important to get back into deeper thinking and reading. I love to read, so I ripped through a memoir over break (The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls – I highly recommend it!!) and reenergized my brain this way. By the end of the semester I hate doing readings and I swear my brain stops being able to read by December! Reading for fun helped me launch my brain into not only deeper thinking but back into enjoying reading. I also have been keeping the creative juices flowing over break which helps me adapt to classes better (at least that’s what I think – I don’t have any scientific proof or anything). So go read a few articles or write in a journal before the end of break – get back to actually thinking!

Keep the feeling of “relaxation” nearby.

This is something I am striving to get better at. I get stressed so easily. As break quickly ends, it is important to remember that you did relax, and that there will be relaxation in the future. During the semester I try to do a few things that bring me joy and relaxation to keep me from getting too stressed – girls’ night, shopping, photo sessions, date nights, and so on! Remember those things you did for weeks over break? Do those once in awhile during the semester to keep your sanity!

Set goals.

The start of Spring semester is just after New Years’. Many people make resolutions about leading healthier lifestyles by eating better or losing weight, about saving money, about traveling, etc. Make goals at the beginning of the semester just like you do at the start of the new year. Also, don’t just think up goals and say you did this. WRITE THEM DOWN. I don’t care if it’s on a sticky note or in the back of a book. Writing them down will help you remember them better. I used to write them on a sticky note and keep them in my journal, that way whenever I wrote down important life events, I was driven by what I wanted to accomplish. Now I write pretty strictly on here and not much else. My goals for this semester: stay ahead on homework (no late assignments), study for tests before the night before (start at least one week in advance), take breaks before I need them (don’t drown from stress and frustration), and do homework on the weekends. These goals offer time frames and specifics – that is what makes them achievable! Set some achievable goals for yourself!

I hope these five tips to preparing yourself for a successful semester help you be a good student! Let me know if you have any other ways you prepare for second semester in the comments below! I would also love to hear your second semester goals in the comments below too.

XO Elisebeth

The List

I am trying quite hard to not make every single post I ever write on this blog from being about wedding planning. However, it’s honestly the only exciting thing going on in my life right now.

Yesterday I checked my “The Knot Wedding Planner” app. I haven’t been keeping up with my checklist very well, so I thought it was time to look through it. I checked off about four things and realized that’s all I have finished since getting home for the summer.

So, I set out on creating a list of things to get done asap. Oh my gosh, I just about died realizing everything I still need to accomplish. I only have 40 days to finish everything. And I would really hope I’m not still doing stuff the day of.

Here’s to the next 40 (or less) days of stress and fun! (Wedding planning is supposed to be fun, so I threw that thought in there…)

*Also if you still haven’t RSVP’d, please, please go online or text me your answer! Thanks 🙂

#blessed

So I’m super good at being pessimistic and hating my life. Ask anyone who’s spent more than a week’s time with me.

I’ve recently set a goal to be less in that mindset.

So how’s that going?

Well if you’ve read my last few blog posts, you’ll note that it’s not going very well. I am such a pro at finding anything to complain about. But there’s so much to be thankful for!

So I decided this post will be dedicated to listing what I am thankful for in my life:

  • My job
    • A lot of times I complain about hating my nanny job. It’s been incredibly stressful this last week. But alone time with those kiddos makes me more insightful about life. I also complain a lot about working in the food industry. However today I was reminded how awesome it is to work at Pizza Ranch. I worked my 6 hour shift with Trevor (which is always a blessing), I made nearly $80 in tips, and the GMs gave Trevor and me two full event Lifest tickets! Pizza Ranch has been such a blessing in my life.
  • My family
    • My parents have been down in Guatemala on a mission trip the past week and a half. So Katherine and I have been on our own. I have been enjoying my freedom, however, I’m also so much more aware of my dependence on my parents over the summer when they leave. I often go on and on about how much my parents bother me and have stupid expectations – but I know they have good intentions.
  • Technology
    • Trevor sat on his phone today and cracked his iPhone 6’s screen. I’m thankful to have a phone and many other technological elements in my life. Even though some are quite outdated and not as nice as I’d love – I still have them and I shouldn’t take that for granted.
  • Trevor
    • I seldom complain about Trevor (on here anyway). However, I know I can get pretty selfish about spending time with him. So he’s on this list because of all of the times I may have made him feel guilty for spending time with his friends or for his alone time. I just can’t get enough of this guy!
  • Transportation
    • Yesterday, Trevor and I drove to Saint Paul and back to do a few apartment showings (I’ll tell you more about those later). I am so thankful that he has a car and we were able to make a trip like that. Cars are one of those everyday “necessities” that I’m really good at taking advantage of… This past year in Saint Paul kind of humbled me of that though. Walking to work for nearly every shift and taking public transportation to get to Trevor’s puts things into perspective a bit.

I’m sure I could extend this list tenfold, but these were some things that particularly hit me in the face today on my drive home from work.

Life is pretty awesome when you take a deeper look. I highly suggest you look at your own life and realize what you have to be thankful for.