Yes, I’m still alive.

It’s been a long time blogosphere! I’m not one to make excuses; but, well, I’m making one now. When you have a baby two weeks into the fall semester, things like keeping up with blogging get put on the back burner. Maybe even more like wrapping it up and putting it in the freezer to keep for a much later time would be a better analogy. Either way, this blog post is long overdue!

I will admit that the fall semester was tougher mentally than I thought it would be. I expected to miss some class for the birth of my daughter and certainly anticipated getting a little behind. I hate to miss class or miss out on valuable discussions. I also feel terribly guilty if I feel like I’m not pulling my weight. This fall was a constant inner struggle about this very topic. I know it’s my own internal critic because my classmates and professors were nothing short of completely supportive. From recording class discussions for me to answering late-night questions via text, I couldn’t have completed the semester without them.

I know I’ve said it before, but my classmates have grown to be like family to me. With our upcoming graduation, it’s bittersweet to know that while some of my classmates will move away for amazing design opportunities, it also means I will not see them on a regular basis. In some ways I wish we could stay in school for a few more years, making art while supporting and encouraging each other. But I’m also very excited to see what the next few years holds for my talented class. Either way, I know the last semester of senior year can be stressful. We will get through it together with laughter, lots of coffee, and probably some cupcakes too.

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