For me second semesters have always been easier to arrive to. You know the teachers by now, you now what you need to offer and what you can win. It is also shorter than the first semester (I think). Before you know it we will be in July and this school year will have ended. I don't really think it is a beginning, but more of a continuation of what you were doing before.
And I guess that what the IA is all about. It's not about leaving behind something you've learned, its about continuing your learning and building up on those to grow new skills, and better products. What we have learned doing a magazine won't be washed away, and that's because we learned skills that are fundamental for embarking in any project. Skills like teamwork, efficiency, getting the right people on the bus, design-thinking, collaboration, RESPONSIBILITY. We didn't read about this in a textbook, we learned it through our work, and I feel like that will never be forgotten.
So once again, we are back to it.