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Leaving for Ireland Today!

Wow, this is crazy. In about one and a half hours, I leave my house to go to EWR for a decently long trip to the Emerald Isle. I’m so excited to be in Ireland! I don’t think it has sunk in yet. I’m kind of just laying here in my bed without realizing that I’ll be in a different country very soon. I never got a lot of the stuff I needed because my father wanted me to get it on sale somewhere else, but it obviously never went on sale and I didn’t push it. So I’m missing a camera case, a nice camera strap, enough money, the right shoes and an umbrella/hooded jacket. Sucks.

Of course, that’s why I’m watching House MD on Netflix while waiting for the trip to the lush green country of my dreams. The waiting is the hardest – and the unknown. I’m not exactly sure what this trip will be like. I know what we are doing, like the places we’re going, but I don’t know what it will be like. That’s a terrible description. It’s just that I’ve known everything about every other trip I’ve taken, but I’ve been so focused on the schoolwork aspect of this trip that I guess I haven’t really been “dreaming” of what the trip will actually feel like.

That’s one of the good things about having to take lots of pictures and journal/blog about about everything that happens – I’ll remember  it. I really regret not blogging about my other trips, because now it’s harder to remember what happened. I did take pictures, but it’s not the same if you don’t remember the feelings.

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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.

All Moved In

Immaculata Hall is nothing like what I would have imagined. I have seen pictures, but I don’t think anything fully prepared me for how ratty the rooms were. They have carpet, and walls, which is good I guess, but for what I’m paying…. sheesh. The two worst parts of the room are the door that bangs around even when it’s closed and deadbolted and the weird temperature thing that is constantly hissing at me. I don’t know how I’m going to fall asleep, but I better do it before 11pm so I can get a good night’s rest before my 4 and a half hour journey to Philadelphia tomorrow morning at 5am.

Currently I’m laying on my newly made bed that’s really hard and moves a lot to binge watch Supernatural until when it gets dark, and then I’ll switch over to House M.D., a little less exciting so I don’t lay awake thinking about dragons and soulless Sam.

Tomorrow is the day classes begin, so I think that’s when we’ll start our new blogs for the duration of the next six weeks. I’ll be sure to post the link here in case anyone wants to check out what I’m up to!

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!

Hauntings in Scranton

Maybe it’s my new habit of binging on Supernatural before bed, but I’ve been recently feeling like many haunted places have been coming to my attention. Scranton isn’t a new town, so it’s natural that there will be some local lore and legend, but I have been to some places that have freaked me out. For one, there’s a pub a few miles from campus called Andy Gavin’s, and it’s rumored that there is a ghost there named George who supposedly moves dishes around and silly things like that. However, when I went there for dinner with my dad, we stumbled upon the coldest of cold spots – it sent major chills down my spine, and lasted for almost 45 minutes!! Second would have to be my class trip to the Clarks Summit State Hospital, where we stayed for over 2 hours. It was majorly strange to me, and although I never encountered anything that I could definitively call supernatural, I got a weird vibe from the place.

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.

End of the First Semester Recollections

Well, it’s over! My first semester in college! I’m typing this from a 50 degree room in my dad’s house anxiously awaiting grades to come out (in a few minutes/hours)! I’m trying to enjoy Love Actually, but I’m not finding it all that interesting. If we’re talking feel good girl movies, I’d much rather go with Eat, Pray, Love. There’s no shame in admitting that. Okay, maybe a little.

Considering that I can’t really type because my fingers are frozen blocks of ice, I suppose I’ll be updating you later tonight once I pick up my brother from his flight back from Japan!

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