Last Year

School resumes on January 7th. I’ll be starting a class entitled The Creative Writing Industry, which sounds as exciting as it does intimidating. This will be my 24th course at Full Sail University and I’ve only got eight more to go before graduation. Yipes! It’s around the corner, isn’t it?

This has been the most amazing experience of my life. While I’ll never regret the years I spent at UCF and the value my first BA had in opening doors for me into secure employment, I can definitely say that I didn’t understand the true definition of education until I started at Full Sail in March of 2011. It has been an emotional whirlwind, challenging me in ways I never thought possible, and I’ve completely morphed as a person as a result of my time here.

In many ways, I’m fearing graduation – not because I think I lack the skills necessary to succeed, but rather I’ve grown addicted to the constant support and encouragement I’ve received from my instructors and my peers. I keep debating continuing directly into my MFA, purely because I don’t want to leave the nurturing incubation of the classroom environment. Financially, of course, it would make better sense for me to take a slight break from school and work on publishing some pieces and [hopefully] making some money. Still, I won’t deny the fact that moving straight into graduate school is a major temptation that I’m definitely weighing over. Besides, I’m already in the “school mentality,” right? It just makes sense to stick with the flow. At least, that’s the angle I’m using to try and convince my husband.

I didn’t accomplish everything I had intended over the holiday break but I am pleased to report that I did something better: I lounged, slept, ate, drank, and laughed to my heart’s content. Yes, I didn’t produce nearly as many short stories or poems as I had hoped, but man – I made some memories with friends and family. I have a feeling that my time was well-spent and I have no regrets.

So, now I enjoy my last weekend before the final year of school begins on Monday. I plan to read, relax, and enjoy time with my husband. Perhaps dinner with the in-laws. A run around the lake. Maybe even a movie. And NOT think about school, as tempting as it is. And you know what? It’s going to be lovely.

Ready to kick senior year’s butt!

~ Victoria Elizabeth Ann

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