By Katie Brumbaugh

Over the summer I started taking one picture a day, every day.  I wanted to be able to capture moments during my senior year (and life) that I wouldn’t otherwise remember.   I never expected a 10 second trivial act to change my perspective so much.

First day of school!

At this point in any semester, we are all tired and slightly burned out.  It’s a push to finish the projects, papers, presentations, and prepare for finals.  We miss being home, miss doing hobbies, and miss spending time with friends without the guilt in the back of our minds that maybe we should be doing homework and not having fun.  One thing I always seem to struggle with this time every year is being lonely.  I work best on my own and have work to do, but spending hours in solidarity in the library is never enjoyable.

Dana might be stressing out, but I’m thankful for not doing all the work alone…

Taking one picture a day showed me that even mid-semester life is FUN and I do have FRIENDS.  I have captured so many small moments that make life better and I can constantly be reminded how many people are around supporting me.

Yeah maybe we should’ve been doing homework, but button making was much more FUN.

I have captured so many things to be thankful for.  Whether it is the changing leaves, the sunshine, a cookie at lunchtime, my wonderful friends, or an A on a test, it’s the little things that make life great and pictures can help remind you of that.

Look, sports group!

My pictures keep my perspective right.  If I capture that 20-minute homework break I took and the person I spent that time with, then I can use that fond memory to motivate the next batch of studying I do.  The pictures remind me how much I have already accomplished and that better things are just around the corner.

Remember that one time I interrupted MarySarah’s studying during intern hours to tell her about a trivial life problem and then almost missed class. Good thing I can remember that!

There is always work to do, always due dates to hit and always studying that should get done.  If we don’t capture the LIFE happening around us, then what will we remember from these college years?

We didn’t win, but we loved to play!

Just remember these words of wisdom from St. Theresa of Calcutta in the next few weeks…“We will never know all the good a simple smile can do.”

P.S. One unfortunate thing I have noticed from taking pictures is how often I wear the same shirts over and over.