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May 31, 2008

Summer!

So it's summer and it's wonderful.

I don't know how many of you will be reading this during the summer, but who knows, maybe I have a following? Eh, eh? Well, to anyone out there the interesting life of summer as a college student: desperately trying to find a job. Lucky for me, I just found one, and that was a huge relief. It's not quite full time, but it's close enough to work for the summer, and who knows, maybe this lets me have some fun time too?

I am getting ready for my trip to Brussels, which may turn out to be a part time job in it of itself. God know applying for it was. I'm kinda nervous about applying for the visa, mostly because it's possibly the most complicated thing ever (that and I have an extensive criminal background I'm hoping they don't find...j/k...)

Pretty much I like the time off from the grind of school, but it's weird at the same time. The first few days after finals, it's like 'finally! some time to sleep!' but then you start getting the shakes because you are no longer studying for 26 hours out of the day, and you feel wrong. dirty. bad. It takes like a week to get back into the normal world. But then it's nice to sleep in, read for fun, watch bad TV, all the things you wanted to do all semester but didn't have time to do. It's real nice.

I'll leave you all with this thought:
Let me take you down,
'Cos I'm going to Strawberry Fields.
Nothing is real
And nothing to get hungabout.
Strawberry Fields forever.
Living is easy with eyes closed
Misunderstanding all you see.
It's getting hard to be someone.
But it all works out,
It doesn't matter much to me.
Let me take you down,
'Cos I'm going to Strawberry Fields.
Nothing is real
And nothing to get hungabout.
Strawberry Fields forever.
~Strawberry Fields Forever

May 16, 2008

The end...or the beginning?

Well, here we are. At another end to another year. I realized a couple of days ago that I only have one more semester here at Morris. That was kind of a shock to me. If I had put two and two together last semester (studying abroad fall 2008 = last fall semester in Morris fall 2007), I probably would have cherished things a little bit more.

Tomorrow is graduation. So many people I know are graduating this year: good friends, great friends, boyfriends. A few professors I know are going on sabbatical next year, so this was my last year with them. I never thought that the end of my junior year would hold so many lasts for me, and yet, at the same time so many new beginnings. I took the LSAT this year for law school, and started looking at some law schools. I became a blogger. I worked on some great campaigns. I began to think seriously about my future, not only what that holds for myself, but also for other people as well.

I'm looking forward to the summer, where all I have to do is go to a job, and earn money, yet at the same time, I am beginning to feel senior nostalgia. I think the most important thing to take from my ramblings is this: your 3, 4, 5 or even 6 years here will go by faster than you can ever imagine. There will be times that it is great, and there will be times it won't be so great, but the important thing is you take all that you can out of your time here. I know I am already regretting not getting involved in things sooner.

Well, to leave you all on a happy note...(by the way, have you discovered who my favorite band is?)

What can I do, what can I be?
When I'm with you I want to stay there.
If I'm true I'll never leave,
And if I do I know the way there.
Ooh then I suddenly see you,
Ooh did I tell you I need you
Ev'ry single day of my life?
Got to get you into my life.
~Got to Get You Into My Life

May 4, 2008

15 Applications

So.

The end of the year is near. We have one week of class left, and then the week of finals, and it's harder than ever to attempt to study when the weather is so nice. With the end of the year always comes the question, "So, what are you doing this summer?" And my answer is always: "Working, somewhere..."

This summer, much more so than summers' previous, has been very hard to find a job. Any job. I had sent out 6 applications to various places before, and this weekend I sent out another 9 making it a grad total of 15. Now if only someplace will call me back with an offer, or at least an interview.

I think the most frustrating thing in the process is not knowing. Companies never call you to tell you you didn't get the job, only when you did, so you always have all these loose strings out there floating into the abyss. Of the thirty restaurants/coffee shops/bars/stores I went to this weekend, 15 said not hiring this summer, or try back in a few weeks, 7 said they WERE hiring, and 8 said they probably weren't but here's an application anyway. Talk about a tough market.

It's funny, because you know according to our fearless leader, we're not in a recession, and yet jobs are really hard to come by, even for my friend the nursing student. I know right, nursing people are supposed to get any job they want, because we have such a shortage of them, and yet, no dice.

Well, hopefully I'll find a job yet, and if not, if you know of something open...just let me know...

This happened once before,
When I came to your door, no reply.
They said it wasn't you,
But I saw you peep through your window,
I saw the light, I saw the light,
I know that you saw me,
'Cos I looked up to see your face.
I tried to telephone,
They said that you were not home, that's a lie,
'Cos I know where you've been,
I saw you walk in your door
~No Reply

May 3, 2008

What a night and what a year!

And the count down begins! Two weeks left of school then summer vacation!!! I can't wait!

So after a pretty busy and stressful week of school I was pretty excited that it was Friday!!! I really didn't have any plans which was actually nice for a change. I was ready for a night of rest and relaxation. But then it seems that too many things were presented to me. Theres a dance on campus, a movie with some friends, bowling, Iron Man is showing in town, and then my quiet time was calling. It was a hard decision but in the end I had a lot of fun. I went bowling and got my first Turkey ever! Then I went to Iron Man (it was great!) It still turned out to be a restful evening.

Well this year has gone by so fast. I can't believe its already May. It feels like I just moved in last week and now I'm already packing to leave. I've had a lot of good times this year and I can't wait to be a Senior next year and continue the wonderful college life. My top five memories from this year are: (drum roll please) 5) Being and Orientation Group Leader, 4) Taking a picture with the swim team at the infamous blue boat out side of Glenwood *Inserted below* 3) Taking Poetry with Professor Gremmels, 2) Sign Language Concert, 1) Placing 8th at L.A.C (Liberal Arts Championships) for Swimming

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This picture was taken January 15, 2008 and it was about 0 degrees
Have a marvelous May!

May 1, 2008

El Paso, Weenie Roast & Dance Ensemble!

Oh me, oh my.
I have neglected thee my wonderful blog. I have so many amazing stories to tell about these past few weeks!

I'll start with a Campus Ambassador story. So, I wake up at 9:30 one Monday morning, throw on my sweet CA polo and don't bother with makeup or anything of the sort- it's much too early for this. Jogging down to Behmler, I take in the wonderful spring weather (this was just one of our several false alarms, if I remember correctly it snowed the next day) greatful to not have to give a tour in the cold. I visit Jillian, who is one of the most amazing people in Admissions EVER, grab my name tag and go to meet the student. I've heard many a tale about a thing called southern hospitality, but I havn't seen it with my own eyes until I met Brandon and his father. The pair of them had traveled all the way from EL PASO, TEXAS to visit our own lovely UMM! They shook my hand and said it was nice to meet me. They even called me ma'am. Let me tell you, I was blown away. Brandon himself was a solid 6'5 or so, big build, and a football player. By looking at him you'd think he was a defender of some sort (my football terms are lacking, I apologise) but he was actually a quarterback- apparently the biggest quarterback his district had ever seen. I gave him and his dad a tour, and they were the nicest, most polite people I've ever met. They asked lots of questions, and they wanted to get to know me as a person as well. I had quite a good time on tour with the both of them. Now get this- I got an e-mail from Brandon a few days ago saying that he has deposited and is going to come to UMM in the fall! YAY! I'm glad UMM will be getting some southern gentlemen here! (not that our boys aren't amazing as they are ;))

Gay Hall has been doing loads of events! Today we are having a weenie roast (a new tradition started last year) which should be super fun! We also got our 07-08 Gay Hall tee shirts, designed by fellow blogger and all around amazingly cool gorgeous brilliant lovely lady: Kathy Julik-Heine. I am so stoked to wear my shirt around! Keep an eye out for brilliantly colored GAY shirts! Tonight is also the Dance Ensemble cast party! We get to watch the DVD of our performances and eat pizza! I performed to a Spice Girls song, and got all decked out as Scary Spice (coned hair and all!) I figured once I mentioned that, I should include a picture, so here is a picture of the "Spice Up Your Life" group!

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Aren't we cute?

Well class starts soon, so I had better close. I'll post another entry soon! Have a lovely May!

Freshman Year at UMM

How can I sum up the first year experience at UMM? I started this year off pretty reluctant to come to UMM and completely naive about what UMM had to offer me. And now, eight months later, I look in awe at the year I have had. This has probably been the most incredible year of my life. I have met people I feel I will be close with for many years to come, I have been offered opportunities that will shape the rest of my life, I have discovered the true joy of learning, and I have had so much fun. I can't believe how many things I thought I knew about myself and I've learned. I don't know how much of this experience I owe directly to UMM but I would say quite a bit. If you fit UMM and UMM fits you, your opportunities for enriching experiences are infinite. Highlights this year have been: Voices of Darfur: Darfur refugees speaking at UMM, Jazz Dances, Haunted Hall, Concert Choir (East Coast Tour!), Gay Hall Community Council (and all of our wonderful hall programs specifically Thanksgiving Dinner, Movie Nights, Gingerbread House making, Tug O' War, Homecoming Float, and MACURH!), Admissions Work, The Newman Center, French Club Events, Paula O'Loughlin and Pareena Lawrence and all of their wisdom. Ok I'll stop because I feel like an Oscar's acceptance speech with the music beginning to cut me off. But to sum it up I would say my advice to potential students is: if you want to get an extremely high quality education, and you want your name at the top of the list in the grad school world or career world because of who YOU are and what YOU'VE done and not because of the stamp on your degree, then UMM awaits you! Feel free to contact me regarding anything I've talked about in my blogs! Blog out.