Spring Term

Spring term was an adventure. I’ve never done a spring term before. The term ran from April 26 to June 16. I enrolled for two classes: an internship and an advanced writing history class.

I interned with a company located in downtown Salt Lake City called ProGenealogists. They are a professional family history research firm. I was able to do some Germanic family history research as well as a lot of U.S. research. Overall, it was a good experience. I learned a lot about what I do want to do when I take on clients….and some things that I don’t want to do. Like I said, it was a good experience, and I learned a lot. 🙂

I completed 120 hours for my internship. I usually slept on and rode the bus to and from SLC three times a week.

The other class I took–the advanced history writing class–was…an experience. In six weeks, the four students in the class were asked to each write a 25-35 page history paper that dealt with U.S. foreign relations and was worthy of publication. While it was an interesting class, I struggled to write my paper. (My topic: why Great Britain didn’t interfere in the American Civil war. Interesting, right? I thought so–and it was interesting, but I had far too little time to do all of the research I needed to do.) Somehow I squeaked out a C-grade in the class, for which I will be eternally grateful. However, I do not recommend taking that class during spring term if you 1) are taking other classes, 2) are burned out, 3) are getting ready to move across the country, or 4) want to do anything besides school during spring term.

Anyway, spring term was a good experience, and I’m grateful that I could be stretched so much. I learned so much. And my sweet husband, Adam, worked long-distance (at home) during all that time so that I could take my classes and earn a degree. Poor guy. He got kind of bored being alone at home all day. He even turned in two of my papers for me because they were due at times when I needed to be at my internship. What a wonderful man. 🙂

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