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The End? Or just a new beginning?

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Well here it is.  My last semester at MC.  A bittersweet affair to say the least. 

I feel a sudden melancholy and nostalgia already. The farewells are imminent. Sure there will be approximately ninety days of classes, lectures, exams, taking my mind into realms of knowledge and discovery that every semester at Montgomery delivers, but the end is nigh. The great give and take of knowledge. At the same time I feel terrifically excited!  

Already new doors are quietly squaeking open, some most unexpectedly and early. For one, out of the six transfer applications I have submitted, one, The University of Iowa, has shown great intuition and faith by admitting me without even having received a copy of my unofficial transcripts.  That is both humbling and inspiring.  Actually, I have different academic goals tailored to the institutions I have applied at, Writing for Film & Television at the University of Southern California (Victory! Trojans!); English Literature at Iowa (Go Hawkeyes!); Hampshire College - Major undecided as you can tailor your own program there with an amazing opportunity to study at not one but four other universities that allow Hampshire students to study in their institutions: which include Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Let’s see, then there’s NYU and a chance at studying Drama, University of North Carolina and University of Miami, the same, Drama.

Today was the first day of classes (I’m a Sunday blogger, but got caught in NYC trying to get out on a stand-by flight on a day the entire world wanted out before winter storm Juno!) and I was bitterly disappointed they cancelled the evening classes as it was unnecessary just the slightest little snowfall ruined my first evening classes, but at least I got to the Cultural Anthropology course which promises to be very interesting.

So this is it kids.  Roll up the sleeves, unclog the brain from all the holiday merriment and debauchery and get back to work and give it my all.  I want this to be my best semester of all at Montgomery College.  I want to be able to look back on this time with pride and to walk with my fellow graduates this summer.  It will prove a most satisfactory and soul soothing feeling of triumph when that day comes. 

I thank all my wonderful professors and the college staff who have supported and guided me through this return to a purpose I couldn’t have guessed at two years ago.  Learning never ends.  Dreams never die if you don’t let them. 

I wish you all the very best this semester.  May you endure, thrive, learn, discover and make all kinds of new associations and friends.  I know I have made many here and I love them all. 

Rock Spring 2015!  

Mama Bear's Lesson #1

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(Last week, January 22, was the one-year mark of my Mama Bear’s passing. Although I don't want to make this an emotional post, I DO want to take the time to acknowledge her and that day. Last semester I dedicated my season to honor my mom. I needed something else in my life to dedicate to my mom. On top of that, with no soccer this semester, I needed new ideas for some things to blog about. I have been brainstorming these 2 things all break. Each idea/topic I came up with, reminded me of a story, a story of my mom. I realized even with out my mom here, she is still teaching me. As I brainstorm each major or minor detail of my life, the stories I remember of her teach me something that now that I didn’t see before. I concluded that this semester I will combine the two, honoring my mother and new blogging ideas, by dedicated this session’s blog post to her. I want to share with you guys how my mom’s story and life has helped me while here at MC. And I hope that each story helps you as well.)

Happy Spring Semester Raptors!

The birds will be back. The windows will be open. The toes will be exposed. And OF COURSE the clutter will be CLEARED OUT.

One of my favorite things to do as a child was to clear out the family’s winter mess! With 7 kids in the house, there was a lot of clearing out to be done. My poor mother tried her best to keep up with the chores, but there were just to many of us. Spring was a chance for her to grab hold of the chaos! But with so much to be done how can you even begin to clear things out for a new beginning. My mom would always take to the chore chart. Dividing up bigger chunks of the house to each kid gave her space to unclutter the more tedious chorus in the house.

This semester I am taking on my moms approach. A chore chart will be my best friend. I need to start the semester off strong by be organized and proactive. Over winter break I got a Monthly Calendar White Erase Board, a personalized Weekly Schedule Chart on Excel, and a Daily Planner.


To start the de-cluttering of my semester schedule I will use the Monthly Calendar Board to keep track of the days and remember any major events happening like birthdays or tests. Then I got a little more detailed with the Weekly Schedule. The template I made has permanent events saved, for example my classes and work schedule. Then for each miscellaneous activity of the week, I bought sticky note tabs that I will add as I make plans. I can remove and replace these each week. Lastly my Daily Planner will be used as a to do list. In there I’ll write my assignments, chorus, errands and other tasks that must get done. This semester to avoid a stressful cluttered schedule I am going to focus on the big picture and work my way down.  

Thank you Mama Bear for showing me no matter how big the mess, there is always an opportunity for a fresh start.

Good luck this semester classmates and make sure to take advantage of this fresh start!

Love Always,

Katelynn Suzanne

Museum Monday

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Why hello again MC! Did you miss me? I’ve missed you!


I’ve been gone for a long time so I thought I’d update you on the status of, well, everything. I know you’re just dying to hear all about it.


When I last wrote a blog I had just finished my second year of the Montgomery Scholars program and I had no idea what I was doing with my life. I figured I would go back to MC for a year, take some classes, and get my sorry act together. And, thanks to some help from a few awesome faculty members, I managed to do just that.  


I spent the fall semester taking two classes and narrowing down my list of transfer schools. As it turns out, big schools (the only schools I was considering) don’t actually fit my personality nor do they give out a lot of financial aid. Small liberal arts colleges, however, do. I’ve settled on two reaches, two good fits, and two safeties.


I wrapped up my classes with solid grades and good relationships with my professors. My anthropology professor even offered me a chance to do an independent study with her. I gladly accepted and start spring semester.


My dream of an internship at the Smithsonian has come true tenfold. After applying through the Paul Peck internship program I received two offers: one from the National Museum of the American Indian and one from the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. I hope to do both next semester.


And now here I am three internships and a few college applications later. Somehow more prepared for the coming semester than I ever thought I could be.


So, my advice for you young grasshopper? Take your time with school. Take a third year if need be. Do not pick Maryland just because everyone tells you to.  And definitely do not pass up MC just because it’s a community college.


It’s served me well so far.





Tiffany’s Magical Monday Music Selection: "Brave" by Sara Bareilles

From MC to UNE

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I have been stuck here staring at the screen for about 5 minutes now. It seems that I have forgotten how to start a blog post. I guess this is what happens when you lose practice even if you've posted here more than 50 times. Let's begin with my re-introduction.

Hello everyone ! I am Shas, an alumnus of Montgomery College, and currently a first year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) student at University of New England, Portland, ME. A few weeks ago Ms. Jane emailed me that she wanted me to post something as a guest and I said "yes" instantly. I love writing here. 

I arrived in Maryland the day before yesterday after the completion of my first semester of pharmacy school. That was a stressful experience, let me tell you! A lot depends on one's learning style, but for me it was a difficult transition from a 2 year school to a graduate level program. You basically go to school, come home, study for 3-4 hours and then sleep. I'm getting old. Unlike MC days, I can't pull all nighters anymore. I went with the flow, learned a lot of pharmacy stuff, lost my hair, gained 7 pounds, but at the end it was a very rewarding experience as I passed all 6 courses with decent grades. 

I miss Montgomery College, and how I wish I could be sitting in the cute little General Biology class again. The classes I took at MC feel easy right now, but they seemed really challenging when I took them two years ago. I think it's the way life is. Past challenges seem easier than your current challenges because you've excelled at them. Past challenges at MC were the seeds that are currently yielding fruits at pharmacy school. MC is like a family to me. I am friends with some of my professors on facebook. I share hugs with professors when I meet them. I have a lot of love for the college, and I'd definitely love to be able to contribute to MC some day. MC is about endless possibilities. I become happy when opportunities like these arise, and I get to write about my life again. Thanks Ms. Jane for this opportunity.

In the end, I'd like to say thank you for reading my blog. If you have any questions regarding University of New England (UNE), a career in health science (pharmacy), or anything you want to talk about, feel free to email me at

I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season.



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