“I’m managing.”

By Claire Neiberg, English Major / D.U. Quark Intern

This semester is flying by much faster than I would like it to. I actually can’t believe my Mock Trial team’s first invitational of the season is this weekend, and midterms are next week. I wish life would slow down just a bit because while I definitely haven’t been slacking this semester, but I will be honest and say that it has been difficult to get momentum going when it comes to my responsibilities (both in my classes and clubs) with so much of it being online, but I’m managing. 

With that being said, I am using this blog post to hold myself accountable with what I want to accomplish before the Midterm Report is due. I met with Meredith (we’re co-workers now at the best job ever, The Writing Center) and emailed Dr. K. my plans. I think they’re pretty solid, and I am really excited to work on them.

  1. Update the website with everyone’s new positions with a picture and feature them on the Instagram as well
  2. Reinstate the cover photo contest since we got no submissions last semester (probably because it was in the big transition to online classes)
  3. Send out a newsletter at the beginning of the month to members that includes a list of who was published in the Quark and outlining our goals for the next month (I would send the first one out by October 4th)

I think all of these remote ideas are good for keeping students engaged and active, and I am please we aren’t dropping the contest. It’s an easier one to partake in than other ones we’ve ran, so hopefully we get a lot of submissions. I also announced our next meeting with a Canva graphic (something I have never done but will probably keep doing because with all of the Zoom meeting on our schedules, I want students to prioritize ours). 

While this semester has posed challenge after challenge, it has definitely forced me to reevaluate my goals, be creative, and train myself to be more focused. As one of my professors said at the beginning of the semester, “Endure. This too shall pass.”


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