Final Thoughts as the Semester Comes to a Close

People say the older that you get, the quicker time flies. I, for one, have to agree. Today marks the last week of the semester, which means this is my very last time writing a blog post. The end of the fall semester is a very bittersweet time for most of us students; finishing school with the holidays approaching is exciting, but finishing up final projects and studying for final exams is definitely stressful. This semester flew by and I literally feel as if I was just begging Dr. Persuit to let me into her Integrated Marketing Communication 2 class, when in reality, that was nearly five months ago in August. Where does the time go? And how is it possibly December already?

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After taking Dr. Persuit’s introductory IMC class, I knew I definitely wanted to take her again. It was much to my dismay when the class quickly filled up and it looked as though I would not get in. However, after e-mailing her several times, she told everyone who did not register to just come to the first day of class and she would override it for us. I was so relieved! Although, at the same time, I was also kind of scared. Dr. Persuit had warned us several times that this class is no joke and if we are not serious about it, we should drop it. She, however, did not scare me off and I’m truthfully glad for that fact.

IMC 2 is unlike any other class that I have ever taken because it truly feels less like a class, and more like an internship. Every class I have ever taken before has consisted mainly of lectures, exams, and the occasional group work. IMC 2, however, is the first class for me that nixed the lectures and exams, and focused mainly on group and client work. Although it has been intimidating and stressful at times, in the long run, I have learned so much. Being the control freak that I am, I like to have intense structure in my life so that I can make plans and execute goals. I am not one to change plans once I make them. While this class does have structure, it also has wild unpredictability when it comes to working with our specified clients. This was something that was very challenging for me, because I have never had to deal with sudden change in plans when it came to school or work. It sounds crazy for me to say, because in reality, there is so much change and unpredictability in the world. I’ve learned that in order to be successful, I need to let go of all prior expectations and adjust them accordingly.

I feel like I have truly gained real life experience and I am so appreciative of that. I love how different this class is set up and I love how Dr. Persuit is adamant about preparing us for life after we graduate UNCW. Although this semester is coming to an end and I am super excited for the holidays, I really will miss this class.

Thanks for making it so memorable Dr. Persuit!

Rachel Betterbid

18 thoughts on “Final Thoughts as the Semester Comes to a Close

  1. Time does fly when you get older. It seems to work in stages. Roughly, from 4-10,11-13,13-18,18-21, then it’s all a tossup. These ages seem to have us looking at the upcoming years with expectations. Being a teen, driving, smoking, to being a full-fledged adult who can legally drink. Dr. Persuit is doing you a service by giving you something to look forward to other than another cluster of ages. You’re learning to not have expectations, and shape yourself to the world around you to pull what you want out of it. You’re learning that your coming years will be defined by your own achievements, and not just being a specific age. I don’t know how old you are, but if you take what you apply, channel it towards new goals that you should be setting for yourself, as time flies you’ll be able to look back on the last 5, 10, 15 years with satisfaction. I know this blog isn’t specifically about aging or time flying, but it looks like you’re making the most out of your time with Dr. Persuit, and that will serve you fabulously as time continues to fly.

  2. This actually gave me a lot of insight into IMC II. I was always hesitant as to if I wanted to take IMC II and after readying your blog post it seems like it really helps student understand how to work in the real world. Thank you!

  3. I feel as though the semester flew by as well and it seems like just yesterday I was starting classes. I’m glad you shared the wonderful experience you had in IMC II, but am slightly disappointed as it is not offered next semester, which marks my final semester at UNCW. I remember starting college and feeling like it would never end, but by my Junior year time was all I wanted as it seemed to fly by. Your post is a thoughtful reminder to us all to try and enjoy the positives of our college career as it truly does fly by.

  4. When first reading this blog post I got slightly freaked out when you said “this marks the last week of the semester” when truthfully it feels like I just got here! Reading your thoughts on IMC II makes me wish how they would be offering it next semester because it sounds like fun and Dr. Persuit is a great teacher. Being in the class seems stressful but such a great experience. This website is amazingly creative and you guys probably worked so hard on it! Good job and congrats on having this be the end of a new beginning for you!

  5. Thanks for the response and feedback guys! It really is such a shame that they aren’t offering IMC II next semester and that Dr. Persuit isn’t teaching it. I know some of my friends wanted to take it their last semester at UNCW but won’t be able to in the Spring. It’s a really great class and its a shame some people won’t get the chance to take it. On a different note, good luck on finals and ending the semester everyone!

  6. I really enjoyed reading this post. It is so true that time does fly when you’re older! I was always so iffy on taking IMC II but after reading this, I definitely would like to experienc things that you have experienced. It would be a huge help to work directly with clients.

  7. Time really does fly by, but as people get older I think it’s a lot easier to learn to cherish the time spent doing certain things (classes in this scenerio). This post has just elevated my desire to take IMC II in the fall of 2013. I was able to reflect on how quickly my time has been passing at UNCW, some concepts I’ve learned in IMC I, and brought excitement for my future at UNCW and enrolling in IMC II.

  8. First of all, congrats on getting through it! Your post actually offered a lot of insight into IMC II which I found to be helpful. I’m very excited to take the class but I’m also a little apprehensive because part of me feels like I don’t know what I’m getting myself into. Like you, I also enjoy a great deal of structure in my life, so hopefully by taking IMC II I can get accustomed to a little unpredictability. It’s very unfortunate that it isn’t being offered next semester, I was very disappointed, but hopefully before I graduate!

  9. I 100% agree with you that time flies. This semester has come and gone in the blink of an eye. It’s crazy to look back and think of all you have experienced in such a short amount of time. This age is like being on a roller coaster full of ups and downs. I can only hope that the next year and semester will slow its roll because I’m not quite ready to graduate. I really found this blog to be helpful because I was hesitant about signing up for IMC II but I think it would be a positive experience for me and that I would be able to get a lot out of it. I really like hands on learning so I think this class is right up my ally.

  10. Time flies SO fast. It really, really does. I feel as if I just sat down to take Dr. Persuit for the very first time in IMC I, so I can imagine it must feel weird that you have taken both the introductory IMC class and the advanced IMC class. Although I only really know Dr. Persuit as a teacher who does lectures, distributes exams, and creates “clicker quizzes” for us, I can see through her teaching methods that she would be JUST as effective in an advanced class setting. Unfortunately for me, IMC II is not offered my last semester. It seems like such a beneficial class and it would have been a wonderful opportunity. Sounds like you really succeeded in this class!

  11. This post made even more disapointed that the course isn’t avalible next semester. I was really looking forward to it.

  12. Time really does fly. I am in my senior year and will be graduating in December of 2013. I know the next year is going to zoom by me, so I am definitely going to put in more of an effort to make that little time count. This post also made me think back on this semester and all my classes, and I remember the semester not wanting to start, but now that it is almost over I don’t know if I am ready for that either!

  13. Your blog entry is so true! I love your quote, “I’ve learned that in order to be successful, I need to let go of all prior expectations and adjust them accordingly.” This is so true and a lesson that I have come to learn over the past year. Being a senior I feel like things have been put into a completely different perspective than they were my freshman year. You come to understand that tomorrow isn’t promised and whether you like it or not the world around us and the people in it are always changing. Good luck finishing the semester!

  14. I think all of Persuit’s classes have a similar feeling. They seem to fly by without anyone noticing where the time has gone. Remember what Ferris would say about looking around every once in awhile….everyone should try it.

  15. When you said that time flies you get older i agree with that concept, but I also think that “time flies when your having fun”. Although most students don’t perceive going to class, taking notes, reading, or doing assignments “fun”, if it is a course that you are genuinely interested or have “intellectual curiosity” of like we have learned, then it IS fun. I agree I think Dr. Pursuit does an excellent job of making the material interesting, I ma doing the very same thing to hopefully get “overides” into her classes next semester.

  16. After reading all these blogs, and taking IMC, it has by far been my favorite class at UNCW. There are so many interesting things that I have learned. And its true time really has flown by. You guys have done a really good job this semester!

  17. I agree with the majority of bloggers here… Time flies way TOO fast. They say time flies when your having fun, well I guess I was having fun all semester in Dr. Persuit’s IMC class because it is already over. I feel like it was just yesterday that we were starting class, and I was figuring out what in the world a “clicker” was. This being my first semester here at UNCW, I didn’t know what to expect. Now, I look forward to my future and the duration of my TIME here at school.

  18. Time flies so quickly and this is a really good read because it is so relatable. It seems like I was just coming to school yesterday and I am about to finish up my fall semester of junior year. It’s also weird looking at how each year is so different from the last and each year definitely has a different “clicker”.

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