It’s my last last day of class, and I really don’t think it’s fully hit me yet. I only have one class to go, and I’m happy to say it’s my favorite class I’ve been enrolled in for my whole college career. I’m getting a little ahead of myself though.

I got to celebrate earlier today by going to Carroll and picking up my care package from the Hussman School. It was super sweet seeing some of the staff and them celebrating with us. We got Hussman hats, keychains and a very sweet note from the school. It was nice to be able to go and take a moment to relax with my fellow j school seniors.

Now onto tonight. I am both excited and sad to go to my last Branding of Me class. I have made such strong connections with the other students in this class, and Gary especially has been an invaluable resource as I have been approaching the end of my college career. I’m preparing myself for a particularly emotional class, and saying goodbye to class for the last time.

Branding of Me has been a class that I have been looking forward to since my freshman year, and for good reason. I have grown so much as a writer and as a person from this class, and I’m so thankful that one of my friends told me how valuable this class was to her when I was a freshman in college. I truly have gained so much more than I could have hoped for from this class, and I knew I needed to blog about it before going in because I’m going to be so sad when I leave that classroom for the last time. 

The friends I have made in this class are so special, and I have loved getting to spend this whole year with them. The j school as a whole has brought some amazing people into my life from friends to professors, and I am so incredibly thankful that I decided to change my major to journalism at orientation before starting college. 

Gary truly cares about his students, and he makes that obvious every day in the classroom from literally feeding us every week to asking us our opinions on how he teaches and wanting to improve things for next year. I know he is someone who I can reach out to post post-grad if I am ever in a slump, and he has already been so helpful to me personally.

I can’t recommend this class enough to any UNC journalism students, it is such a special class that has left a huge impact on my senior year at Carolina. Now to go to class and soak in the last day. 

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