My academics have always been an important part of my life, and they have played a role in helping me develop both within the classroom environment and outside of it. From studying Japanese to 12 years, to taking International Baccalaureate and dual enrollment courses in high school, and now to double majoring in Communication & Digital Studies and English, everyone who knows me knows that I like to be challenged and am passionate about learning. I would be lying if I said my grades weren’t important to me, but what’s even more important to me is that I am being challenged and that I’m acquiring new information. I would rather be challenged in a class and have to work hard for the grade that I want, than be bored in a class even if it’s a guaranteed A. To me, learning is about developing new skills and making the most of every opportunity that comes your ways. During my time at Mary Washington I have been provided with so many academic opportunities, both in and outside of the traditional classroom setting, and I have grown and learned a lot as a result of them.  

Below are three GIFS that relate to my academic career both before and during my time here at UMW. 

I took 12 years of Japanese, from first grade through my senior year of high school, and this experience played a big role in helping me develop both as a student and as an individual. While Mary Washington does not offer Japanese, in the fall of 2018 they started offering Japanese conversation hours which is one of the extracurriculars that I participate in when the rest of my schedule allows me to.

I associate my bedroom with sleeping, relaxing, and having fun, which can make concentrating hard when I try to do homework in my room. As a result I often find myself working in the Hurley Convergence Center which is where I shot the footage for this GIF. Titled “My Life,” this GIF represents my workload and love of coffee.

As someone who is actively involved on campus in activities ranging from classes, to club softball, to working at the Digital Knowledge Center, to being an editor for the Blue & Gray Press, and more, my semester often consists of a lot of late nights which makes this GIF of walking on campus at night symbolic of a normally unseen part of my academic life.