This past semester was the most difficult semester I've ever had (not to mention the total number of papers I wrote this semester - 25 total!) however, it was also the most stimulating and rewarding as well. And, I think I finally found the areas in philosophy that I really really love and can't wait to continue learning more about. Metaphysics and Philosophy of Mind are the two areas I am so excited to explore more. And, while I was once the gal that said she'd never ever want to go to grad school, I've officially decided that I am indeed going to go. I do not know where exactly I want to go most and, I haven't decided if I'm going to apply this Fall and attend the following Fall or if I want to wait and take one year off before going but, the decision to go has been made! My love for philosophy grows with every book I read, every lecture I attend, and every paper I write and I am so excited for what's ahead. And, to the people who ask, "what the heck are you going to do with a degree in philosophy?" my answer is, "whatever I want".
Here's some photos (sorry for the bad quality - all from my phone unfortunately) I took around campus - you'll see the Campanile, Hearst Memorial Mining Building, Howison Philosophy library, the box I painted and which contains a (real but dead) beetle that I made for my friend and professor of the later Wittgenstein class (mostly just me playin' with irony - see section 293 of Philosophical Investigation), my tired self, and the little arrangements I made (for myself and two of my favorite gals) from foraged flowers around campus on the morning of my last final.