Exams, Christmas, New Year’s, and San Diego!

by Hayley, a Patriot Blogger

Happy New Year from the West Coast! πŸ™‚

Since I haven’t written in a while, let me update all of you on the past month’s happenings. December is always a hectic month, and this year was no exception. On Saturday, December 1, the Colony of Sigma Alpha Iota at George Mason University was chartered and officially became the Mu Epsilon Chapter! SAI is a women’s music fraternity that gathers together women who have an interest in music and want to contribute to the growth and development of music both in their local communities and throughout the world. I am so excited to have 21 new sisters!

The sisters of Mu Epsilon!

The week after that, my final research proposal was due for my Communication Honors course. My professor had given me a ton of helpful feedback on my proposal draft, so I felt prepared to edit and turn in my final copy. I received an A on the paper (and in the course), which means that next semester, I will get to conduct my research project! Hooray! I am excited for the opportunity to work closely with the Communication faculty and have the help of the resources from Mason’s Center for Climate Change Communication. It’s going to be an exciting project πŸ™‚

I finished up with exam week, which was stressful (as always) but not as stressful as other years. I only had one in-class exam; the rest were either take-home projects or papers. On Monday the 19th, I turned in my last take-home exam and was officially “free!” The semester was finished! I received all of my final grades on Wednesday and ended the semester with a 4.0. I’m really happy that all my hard work this semester paid off πŸ™‚

My boyfriend had already arrived to spend the holidays with me, and on Wednesday the 21st, we traveled back to Ohio to spend Christmas with my parents and my older sister, who lives not too far away from Mason. It was a week full of relaxing, watching movies, baking (and eating) cookies, and, of course, opening and enjoying presents. It was the first Christmas my boyfriend has spent with my family, and I think he was a little overwhelmed; we usually spend the entire morning opening presents!

After Christmas, we spent approximately 36 hours back at Mason/in D.C. before jetting off to sunny San Diego, where we are now. We spent the afternoon of New Year’s Eve at Sea World, enjoying their Christmas Celebration (even though it was after Christmas). I found a Shamu Santa!


We stayed at home for New Year’s Eve festivities and made a bunch of snacks and watched movies. Sunday was spent relaxing, and yesterday was super productive, kicking off new workout routines for both of us and running some errands.

Since he’s a schoolteacher (middle school band and orchestra), he’s back at work today, and I’m enjoying the day (and the comfy bed) to myself. I hope all of you either have had or are still enjoying a fantastic winter break!