Looking Forward to Graduation
- By Indu Shanmugam
- Published 02/27/2008
Indu Shanmugam is a 20-something, college student from Oregon, USA. She is majoring in English literature and language. She also studied Theology for a short period. She wants to be a teacher. As a literature enthusiast, she enjoys literature of all types and from writers of various backgrounds from the classics, French realists, Christian writings like C.S Lewis and South Asian literature. As for her own writings, "I am still trying to find and develop my own voice." She sees the art of the written word as a way to speak about Christ and explore truth. Before she met Jesus Christ, she has been searching for the meaning of life through experimentation of other religions, philosophies and ideas. At the age of 17, she accepted Christ after a powerful encounter with God through a miracle. God's presence and deep truths in the Bible fuel her creativity. She is involved in church activities and has a love for the church and would like to see every believer grow, become closer to God and live fruitfully. She loves traveling, sipping bubble teas, theatre, music, films and hanging out with friends and has a weakness for cheesecake.
I feel a relief knowing that I'll be graduating May of 2009. It's a year ahead but I already started planning my next year. I met with my advisor to register for classes and figure out what exams I need to take to get my license and degree.
I had to take care of a few things so that next year will go more smoothly. I didn't do so well in my Linguistics class because I had a difficult time understanding some of the tougher and advanced concepts. I'll have to repeat it next term but at least I'll have a through review and revision so that I'll pass my PRAXIS linguistics section. I have 2 Praxis exams left to take. It's one of those tests where you'll spend an entire Saturday taking. On top of all this, I'm overwhelmed at the moment with my major assignments, papers and studying. It looks like it'll never end. I think I want to grab a friend and get a drink.
I am looking forward to graduation and especially my graduation party. I'm going to celebrate because I worked hard and deserve a break. If I have enough money saved up, heck, I want a vacation to a nice, tropical place. I'd love a tropical island paradise like Jamaica or Hawaii. Or, if I can't afford it, California or Hawaii will do. I want to get away from the cold, rainy weather of Oregon.
This summer, I'm planning to spend a month in Morelia, Mexico. I'm excited and looking forward to it. I'm staying with a family and will have a chance to practice the little Spanish I know.