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Fall 2014 Semester!

All moved in! Mostly unpacked…. minus my suitcase…

it's only a little full!

it’s only a little full!

Today was the first day of classes, and I only had one, 18th Century British Literature from noon to 1 PM, so now I have a ton of time to relax. I had some errands to run, which I did right after class, and got accepted to work as a tutor for the Fall semester! I’m super excited to help out people who were in the same boat as me last year.

Anyway, enjoy some pictures of my half of my dorm room! I won’t be posting pictures of my whole room setup until I ask my roommate if it’s okay.

view from my doorway

view from my doorway

Mid Classes

Never would I have ever thought that blogging would seem like a job for me! The classes that I’m in right now are really opening my eyes to how much thought should go into blogging to make it good, and I always just post what I’m thinking about at the moment. I like to think that my thoughts are cohesive and work together, but I’ve been spending more time on my homework assignments than I think I should be. I think I’m the youngest in my classes, and I’m definitely lacking in a lot of the communications background that many students have, so I feel like I have to try more to get to the same level they are all on. I’m surprisingly okay with that, and have actually been enjoying my time working on these projects immensely. With the exception of the first day when my email malfunctioned and sent the readings to my spam folder, I’ve been okay with deadlines and haven’t felt too rushed. Like tonight, I’ve been done with my work for about an hour and am free to do whatever! I do have class tomorrow, so I have to get up, but still. It’s a good feeling.

IRELAND TRIP

Well, the time is almost upon us – I leave home to go back to Marywood for summer classes in 7 short days, and I’m actually kind of scared. I’m taking two classes, Multimedia Composition & Storytelling and Travel Writing. Both require a ton of reading/work. However, I just finished reading the 17 page syllabus for the communications class, and the major projects we need to turn out are INTERNET RELATED and I’m really stoked! I’m also nervous, because there is a lot of work to be done, but I’m excited for the opportunities and the actual trip itself. We move in to Immaculata Hall on the 13th of this month and begin classes the next day.

We are all required to run our own blogs, so I’ll post the link here if anyone reads this and is interested in my adventures overseas. There will be stories, video blogs, photos, and more random tidbits! Hope to have you guys along for the journey.

DECLARED MAJOR!!!

I’m pretty damn excited! I met with the director of the Social Work program today who handled the paperwork and double checked the classes I signed up for next semester – they’re all good, so I’m on track. That means I can graduate in another 4 years with a master’s degree, how cool is that? The time will fly by, and I only have two more semesters of gen eds before it’s all social work, all the time. Hopefully more cool stuff to come!

New Computer Adventures

I’ve had many a computer in my day. It’s not that I’m picky, I just haven’t found the setup that works for me, you know? I first came to school armed with an ancient Mac desktop and the laptop I’m typing on now, an Asus 15″ that’s seen better days. After being shuffled around to 2 different dorm rooms, I decided that the stationary desktop just wasn’t working – it was too slow, and took up too much desk space. Home it went! Now all I had was my somewhat monstrous laptop, but ironically it’s the closest I’ve gotten to finding the right computing style for me. I’ve noticed that I have a ton of electronics around me, and I’m usually staring at some sort of screen for 90% of my day – better try and condense that number down, and make those hours less frustrating.

Now my dad (an angel) told me that he would buy me a new one, with everything I wanted and needed for school. I took a leap, and asked for a MacBook Pro, 13″. After some deliberation, dad said that he thinks he can buy it for me! That’s awesome news, because if this all happens according to plan I’ll have a computer that I can carry with me for the rest of college and grad school, and maybe even longer!

2nd Week Update

It’s exactly 2 weeks since I’ve been back at classes. The work load has been surprisingly light – only 1 page of written homework, but hundreds of pages of reading. Especially in my Youth Revolt class, the professor openly admits that she regularly gets complaints from her students about the crazy assignments. Today, 130 total pages of reading was due, and it’s not easy stuff.

We’ve been experiencing what’s called the “Polar Vortex”… it’s crazy!! High temp today was 9 degrees, with lows tonight of around -11. Good ol’ Marywood apparently thinks it’s cool to have windows in dorms that have leaks, so I’m stuck basically sucking all of the heating out the window.

I have discovered Law and Order: SVU. I’ve been watching nonstop, and today I saw a commercial for the newest episode on ABC. I wish I had a TV up here on campus, that’d be cool. I could watch the shows I want when I actually want to, instead of having to watch them online the day after.

 

Winter Break and Starting the New Semester

Well, my first semester is over, and I’ve mostly survived my first break back home for long periods of time. Things are pretty different, as you’d imagine. I had grown accustomed to having free reign over my surroundings and not having adults questioning me. I’m not used to having to ask my dad if I can go somewhere, and for the most part he’s been pretty good about not asking me those types of questions.

I’ve been doing lots of work on my old room – since I’m not living there full time anymore, I’ve begun to rifle through my life’s worth of “stuff” that I’ve accumulated into the trash, transport to Goodwill, or a box (destination: attic).  The end result will hopefully be a nice, functioning, welcoming guest bedroom. That requires some extra work, like painting. The room currently is pink and blue/green. Not good colors for a guest bedroom. Also, the carpet is covered in makeup and stains from my adventurous younger days. However, this requires a lot of work.

This Christmas, I asked for a Kindle. In addition to using it for playing games and watching Netflix, I can use it to order digital copies of my textbooks so it’s much lighter to go to class. I can just chuck it into my bag and have a way to take notes and a textbook all in one! Unfortunately, I think I was given the smaller version with less storage, but we’ll see what technology magic I can work to make it the most useful. I’m really grateful, as this was gifted by my aunt, younger brother, and my dad’s best friend!

It’s time to order more textbooks, and gather up some spring clothing to take back to school with me. Scranton is rather chilly, though, so there will be coat and glove weather for a while to come.

Dining Hall Probs

WOW I ate way too much for lunch. Our dining hall is buffet style for only $5, so we all go crazy. There is a pizza station, a sandwich bar, an ethnic food station, an American food station, a vegan and gluten-free station, desserts, drinks, and a salad bar. With all of those choices, it’s sometimes hard to decide what you want. For instance, today I had two slices of deep dish pizza, General Tso’s chicken, veggie lo mein, sweet potato fries, iced tea, and a raspberry cheesecake tart. Like I said, too much.

 

I don’t really know why I eat too much when I’m there — maybe because it’s just there and so I eat it. I may just take a nap to sleep off some of the food haha! (And to catch up on my sleep, I only got 6 and a half hours last night).

 

I have lots of homework to do, papers to write, and laundry to fold now, so adios!

First 3 Weeks!

Wow, I thought I’d have time to do stuff! Boy, was I wrong. The only reason this is getting typed right now is because I left my English book in my friend’s dorm and can’t do my homework in it. It’s also 1:30am. I barely have any time to do ANYTHING. That includes watching my favorite beauty gurus on YouTube, painting my nails, shopping, listening to music, cleaning, going on facebook, and definitely not posting on a blog that no one reads.

Quite a lot has happened since I got here, including a fight between my roommates and I (yes, already!), coming home at 1am and not having anyone look at you strangely, took my first few college quizzes, wrote a few papers, read A LOT, broke A LOT of stuff, smoked A LOT of cigarettes, and still haven’t gone to bed before 1am ever.

It’s SO DIFFICULT living with 3 other girls. We all came from very different places and backgrounds, so we have a lot to learn from each other and we all have our own problems to deal with. I wish that I could just be acquaintances with my roommates, and that sounds awful, but it would be better than where we are now: I’m shy, and they’re condescending. J suggested that I complete roommate mediationx (a fancy term for arguing it out with your roommates with the RA there), but I’m just not comfortable doing that just yet. I don’t want to room with them anymore, but as long as I make my own friends it won’t be that bad, right?

Unfortunately, since I don’t have a major, I don’t really have that many good friends yet. I made friends with a lovely girl named Aria who lives in the quad right next to us with a girl named Polina, but I don’t want to be solely in her room and overwhelm her or seem like I’m clingy. I can go to Jess’s, but she’s all the way in Madonna and I don’t always want to walk all the way down there when I need to talk to her face to face (as much as I love her to death).

 

Well, that’s it for now because I have a lot of stuff to do like sleep and never wake up again. That would be heavenly. As it is, I’m only going to get 6 hours of sleep.

~L

Tomorrow is the Day!

Technically, move-in day. The beginning of my college journey-  the beginning of Fall Welcome. I’m mostly packed. Knowing me, I’ll forget something absolutely huge and be sorely missing it – probably this laptop. I should get used to emailing people. I hope I’ll be able to keep up this blog – even if it’s only weekly or bi-weekly updates. With pictures, though, because of my lovely camera. Speaking of pictures – enjoy this red solo cup shot glass that I nearly forgot to pack. I hope I’ll be having some good nights with this sucker.

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Post more tomorrow when I’m all moved in! 

~L