college, lifestyle, school

Home Stretch

The fact that my last day of high school is May 15 blows me away. I have less than one month of my grade school career before I move on to bigger and better things. Just a few measly weeks of school are all that separate me from the start of the rest of my life. I am on that home stretch.

It is Monday April 22nd and I am currently sitting in a coffee shop with my dad. At 8:49 am I am sipping away at a Spicy Chai Latte and am eating a little arugula salad (yes, it is that good). I have just received an email from CU Boulder that I am now able to apply for housing. Holy balls, this is getting real.

I have been reluctant to admit that I fallen to senioritis, but I sure have. As I think about summer and horse shows, I cannot help but try just a little less hard on my homework and put less effort into studying. My senioritis may not be major, but my willingness to be productive and efficient in school has gone out the window.

On the bright side, it’s not like I was bound to be Valedictorian anyways. As sad as it is, I would be Valedictorian but my school’s rules state that you must attend all 4 years in order to be eligible; I transferred in from the local public high school between my sophomore and junior years.

My first AP test is two weeks from tomorrow and I am nervous as heck… but also not at all at the same time. This year I only decided to take the AP Spanish Language and Culture and AP Calculus BC exams. I was not confident that I would pass AP English Literature or AP US Government, so I opted out on those tests. The spanish test makes me nervous. It is long, complex, and consists of oral, written, listening, and speaking tests. Calculus should be a blast. I love calc and math in general so much. I got a 4 on AP Calculus AB last year and am striving for a 5. That exam is May 14 which means my second to last day of school… I need to keep myself motivated enough for 3 more weeks.

All in all, I can’t believe I literally am on the final 3 week home stretch of high school. This is just the beginning of the rest of my life; and I cannot wait to see what God has in store.



3 thoughts on “Home Stretch”

  1. Hi Madison,

    Congratulations on your acceptance into the University of Colorado, and your decision to study in Boulder. With the exception of my wife, my family and I are alums of the CU system. My wife is an alum of the University of Texas – San Antonio.

    Your AP exams, you’ll do fine … keep focused and treat it like any other subject exam. Best effort, just like riding.

    Oh, that housing email, that’s your first step onto the big stage. 🙂

    Stay well, ride well.

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      1. I studied Chemistry, earning both my BS and MS. My youngest daughter Elizabeth earned an ACS-certified BS in Chemistry, and my other two daughters, Deborah and Tara, earned their BS in Biology. All three will be completing their first year of med school at UC Health Sciences Center next week. (The med school runs a separate academic calendar versus the rest of the university.) Ginny, my sister, earned her BS and MS in Math, and her daughter, my niece, earned a BS in Business. The niece is a practicing attorney here in CO after earning her JD at Penn State. We all attended UC – Colorado Springs.

        The housing part, they try to match students when paired for dorm assignments. You can tell pretty fast if your roommate is compatible. Studying, best place is Norliss Library – make sure you go with a friend or study-buddy, all the time, day or night.

        Over the summer, you should receive some orientation materials ahead of freshman orientation. That’s when it all becomes real.


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