Sunday, September 12, 2010

i own this decision

I feel good about quitting. It's been sad (and maybe I almost cry every time I tell someone I'm done), but I feel calm and okay about this. It's like for the first time in my life I decided on one thing I want to do. And I picked chemistry.

This is not to say that my semester will be any easier than usual. In fact, this will probably be the most difficult yet (can't believe I'm saying that after chem 391). I'm TAing (chem 391, of all classes), I'm working in the lab (trying to get enough data for a paper so that I can put that on my application for...), I'm applying to chemistry PhD programs, and I have other things going on that have yet to come to full fruition and so I'll hold off on announcing via blog just yet. 

Oh, and I'm sticking around for World of Dance this week (which means I'll be in the deJong every day from 5-10 this week), I'm taking four chemistry classes (2 lab classes = 13 hours/week, plus chem 521 and chem 514 = not easy), I have a 15 page paper in French on Occitan culture in southern France due in three weeks (that I have yet to actually start writing anything for), I'm (sort of?) the president of Y Chem and have an opening social to plan. 

Life centered around ballroom is over. Being a member of the team has been, without a doubt, the greatest part of my college experience. I am so grateful for the involvement that I have had with the company. Lee and Linda have been incredible to work with, and my teammates have been so wonderful.

I'm really glad that I have one more chance to dance this week during World of Dance.
And it would be really awesome if you guys could come, because this is it for me. This is the end of a ten-year long crazy involvement with ballroom. This is the last time I will be performing, possibly (and probably) forever.

So maybe if you're not doing anything, you could come and see my exit from the art that has held my attention and passion for so long. It would really, really, really mean a lot. 

Here's the website where you can buy tickets if you're interested. 

16 comments:

Lyss said...

i wish i could go katie! i love you.

Kristen said...

I wish I could come see your final performance! I still remember the first time I saw you dance and I was thinking "WAHOO! What happened to my roommate??" Good luck with all the Chemistry classes. You're such a smart and talented gal! I'm excited to hear about whatever isn't ready yet for blog announcement.... :-)

Jody Lynn said...

katie, you're amazing. i know people tell you that all the time, but you really are. i look up to you girl. i wouldn't last one day in your shoes!

and i am totally going to try and come.

good luck with school this semester. i know you can do it!

Megan said...

Guess what? I'm working every show of World of Dance. I'll try and sneak in and watch you. You're awesome Katie. Good luck!

amanda/dave said...

you amaze me, plain and simple. i will be there.

amanda/dave said...

ok and uh wow, phd? yep. wow.

ellen said...

Chemistry? I guess the beakers don't fall far from the trees. :)

kylie said...

i'm so excited to come to world of dance! katie, seriously, you are awesome.

Ashlan said...

I would so love to go! It's a little harder to get out when we have the kids around, but I will definitely try to come. I would love to be able to see your dance your final time.
Love you Katie, and you really are amazing!

Amy said...

Just so you know, I almost cried this morning when you told the team that you were not going to be on team anymore. Love you BABE!!!

Laura C said...

I love your optimism! You are so talented in so many areas and it would be hard to narrow it down to one thing.

Can't wait to see you dance on Saturday!

Shields Word said...

Women Outnumber Men Earning Doctoral Degrees!
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129874290

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njcrofts said...

coming :)

jenny said...

Katie, How I would love to come to your dance performance. It disappoints me that I never saw one..except for the home videos! It sounds like you have made a very tough decision and I'm happy that you are in a good place with it. Moving forward! Best of luck to Aaron on his interview.

jenny said...

Katie, How I would love to come to your performance! It disappoints me to no end that I never saw one...except for the home videos! It sounds like you made a very difficult decision and that it is the right one for you. Moving forward is a good thing! Best of luck to Aaron on his interview. Uncle Alex and I are looking forward to meeting him.