First First Day, Last First Day

Lizzie First Day of School-2002Kindergarten, August 2002 – age five

Today is the first day of my senior year. By this time next year, I’ll be in college. I know this is a clichéd statement, but: I can’t believe how quickly the time has flown by. I remember my first day of kindergarten so clearly still, remember putting on one of my favorite dresses and riding on a school bus for the first time and finding my classroom.

And now my school years – the secondary ones, at least – are almost over. Wow.


This fall, I am studying the following five subjects at home:

  • Astronomy. Yay!
  • Statistics. Blah.
  • Writing. YAY!
  • American Literature. I wanted to study World Literature instead, but apparently Am Lit is required to graduate. Sigh.
  • Economics. Snore.


I’m also studying Spanish 201 at a local university, with classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This will be my third semester of Spanish at that college, and I’ll complete a fourth semester this spring as well.

My future college, the University of Iowa, specifies four semesters of a foreign language in its graduation requirements. I’m really hoping that, thanks to all my college-level Spanish classes in high school, I won’t have to take Spanish at the U of Iowa. This prospect is exciting to me not because I dislike the language, but because bypassing some classes would probably make it easier to finish on time (within four years) even with my double major of creative writing and journalism!


I’m also excited today because this evening, after I’ve completed my schoolwork, I’m going to see a showing of Doctor Who‘s series eight premiere at a local theater! Yay! I look forward to watching with a bunch of nerds just as much as I look forward to the episode itself. I imagine it’s probably more fun to be part of a big audience than to watch Doctor Who alone. Which is what I usually do.


Pretty soon, I’ll be back to my usual blogging schedule – every other day. (Or even less frequently, if I’m inundated with assignments.) I know I’ve posted a LOT this month, but that was only because I was feeling especially productive. Don’t expect this new-blog-post-every-day thing in September… but it will probably last until the end of August, because these posts are scheduled and I’m actually writing this on the twenty-second, not during the school year at all. I have more free time now, so I’m writing as many future posts as I can.


If you’re still in school, has your school year begun yet? What are your thoughts on it so far?

Last first day of school 2014Twelfth grade, August 2014 – age seventeen


About nevillegirl

Elizabeth. University of Iowa class of 2019. Triple majoring in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Twenty-one-year-old daydreamer, introvert, voracious reader, aspiring writer, and lesbian. Passionate about feminism, mental health, comic books, and cats.
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26 Responses to First First Day, Last First Day

  1. All the best for your senior year.

  2. matttblack42 says:

    Good luck with senior year! According to pop culture, it’s really just nonstop partying, so I’m sure you’ll have fun.

    Also, I hereby predict what your rating of “Deep Breath” will be: An 8… out of 11.

    • nevillegirl says:

      Thank you! (What grade are you in now? I don’t remember. :/ )
      BAHAHAHA I’ve never been to a party. My idea of a fun weekend night is, like, an evening spent with Netlflix and/or a book. 😛

      Oh, really? I was hoping it would be a 12… out of 12. 😀

    • nevillegirl says:

      (Ooh, nice.)


      And I actually liked Clara for once!
      Andandand I liked all the characters, actually! Well. Not the villain, but he was an interesting villain, at least.

  3. Cait says:

    AW YOU WERE SO CUTE IN THAT FIRST PICTURE. With your little rabbit. (Is it a rabbit? I’m going to feel stupid if it’s not a rabbit.) AND YOU STILL ARE AS AMAZING AS EVER IN THE SECOND PICTURE, OF COURSE. 😉

    I was totally loving the nearly-every-day-blog-posts. Seriously, I get your posts in my inbox (I only follow a few blogs I really really like via email so, lol, I like your blog a lot obvious) and always click on the straight away. xD But school, school…I hope it’s a good year for you. 🙂

  4. I love those pictures! I’ll be taking statistics in public school next year but I’ve never tried it so I’m a little apprehensive. You can study astronomy as a subject? That’s so cool. I used to be quite passionate about astronomy. I’d still enjoy it, I reckon.

    • nevillegirl says:

      Thank you!

      I guess so! I love learning about outer space… and anyway, I’ve already finished chemistry, biology, and physics, so I can study weirder science now.

  5. Mo says:

    *shrieking* You’re so cute! Oh my gosh, wee Engie is just as cute as almost grown-up Engie! *tips over squeeing*

  6. Alexandrina Brant says:

    (I just noticed this and felt I ought to answer your question)
    I haven’t started uni yet for this year. My step-sister goes back to her school in two weeks (1.5th week of September, I think), but I don’t move back to Reading until the 20th, and even then, I don’t start academic work until the following week, but I have to help the Fresher’s so.

  7. orphu44 says:

    Ahh, you’re so cute, it’s ridiculous.
    American Literature is a requirement for graduation? That seems like such an oddly specific requirement.
    I haven’t started yet, but soon!

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  9. Bane says:

    Ah, 5-year-old you was so cute!
    And 17-year old you is too.

  10. Aww, Mini Engie is adorable. :3 As is Older Engie!
    Gah, I’m going to have to go into high school/public school in a year. *shudders* Fay is in junior year right now, so I’ll be a freshman while xe’s still in school, but…*tears hair out*

    • nevillegirl says:

      Ehehe, thank you!

      I don’t think I would like public school very much either. xD I like the flexibility of homeschooling… I wouldn’t have nearly as much free time if I went to school.
      But I’m sure you’ll find things you’ll like there. There are upsides and downsides to everything. 🙂

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