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January 31, 2010
I got my ISA acceptance program for Salamanca, Spain next year!
I am so incredibly, splendiferously (It's a word! Sort of...) excited! All of my application materials for ELTAP have been turned in, which is good, because it's due tomorrow. I've made an appointment with the Spanish Consulate in Chicago to apply for my Student Visa. (Which means a great excuse for a roadtrip this summer!)
January 26, 2010
Week 2...its magical
Its week 2 at the UMM and I think all profs thought they were too easy on us during first semester because the homework has definitely increased! However, my classes are super interesting: European Women's History From 1500 to the Present (so for learning about European witches), the Rhetoric of Picturebooks (did you know the story of the 3 pigs doesn't end after the Wolf tries to blow the last pigs house down?) , Communication Theory (homework for one day was looking up slang for "Groovy"), Taekwondoe ( :D ), Radio Experience (the only place where you hear the ballad of the "Last Sasketchewan Pirate"), and Personal Finance (starts at midterm-so no homework-YEA). So far my favorite is Radio Experience because I get to be a DJ for my own radio show at KUMM.
Plus there are a lot of cool stuff happening on campus already. Last week for Swing Dancing Club, my partner and I learned how to do some basic lifts which will look super awesome after we practice some more. Martial Arts Club has kicked off the year to by adding regular shadow boxing to our usual workout routine. That's I'm personally really excited about because shadow boxing is a great way to gain experience in sparring plus its an awesome workout.
But what I'm really looking forward to is the intramural Quidditch Tournament this weekend. Yes, thats right Quidditch! This weekend, the UMM's intramural field will be host to broomsticks, quaffles, a roving snitch, and amazing Quidditch players.
Life couldn't be better-cool classes, club sports, KUMM, and magic! :D
Busy Busy Busy So Busy
Well I have arrived back on campus after a refreshing month and 1 week winter break. If you are wondering why I'm being exact with the number of days of break, I'm just going to say that you'll realize the importance of it when you've completed your first semester of college! It was nice to finally let my brain relax after studying, reviewing, quizzing, organizing and finishing up all my coursework finals week. It's been great having new classes and seeing some familiar faces walking around campus. Though it's been quite chilly and windy, it's been a treat having the Turtle Mountain Cafe have an abundance of caffeine and choclately warm drinks to make the cold walk to class a little more bearable.
This semester I am taking East Asian Government and Politics, Principles of Art, Analytic Feminism and Intermediate Spanish. So far, I'm digging my Government and Politics class but of course that is to be expected from a double Spanish and Political Science major! This semester along with starting new classes, I'm looking into doing a National Student Exchange or studying abroad in the near future. National Student Exchange would allow me to attend another college within the United States for up to a year. Likewise, study abroad has many options for length of time and country you can go to. I'm still not sure what I'll do, but I know I want to travel!
Though, attending informational meets, I've realized the somewhat daunting task of filling out various application sheets. But either way, I'm ready to explore a notoriously rewarding and challenging part most college students like to do...travel and go to school someplace different. I'll hopefully have more details later, but whenever I need a study break it's been exciting for me to do research on different parts of the world. I'll let you know what I've decided. But having said that, it is still nice to be in Morris. I can tell the professors missed having student interaction, and they all have good stories from break. I too was excited to hear other students and teacher's winter break events. It's been an interesting start to the new year and new semester.
And We're Back
Classes have resumed and life is slowly getting back to normal. I've had some time to get my apartment clean yet my professors have wasted no time in giving me assignments. I've been reading like crazy. I'm really happy to be back though, even if I have all sorts of work to do. My schedule is pretty relaxed so I can't complain too much. I'm only taking three classes for thirteen credits. I've got Software Design and Development, Introduction to Philosophy, and Intro to U.S. History. From what I can tell Software Design is going to take up most of my time and effort. So far Philosophy has been tons of fun. We always have discussions on very interesting topics. History has been very interesting in the fact that it is easy to pay attention in class. Normally one would think that history is all about learning about important dates and figures. This history class teaches about the important of events and the how and why the historians are covering it.
Today is my first day back at work in the NEW BUILDING!!! It's a pretty sweet place. I'd say if I were coming on a college visit I would want to check out this building. I'm really looking forward to this semester of classes. I can tell that I'm really going to have fun. I'll probably complain at times but it's totally worth it in the end.
- Catch Ya Later
January 24, 2010
Back to school and having "Super-Good-Fun-Times" at the UMM!
Everyone is back in the swing of things here at Morris. Classes have commenced. I think I'll enjoy my classes this semester now that I'm not trying to learn four different languages at once. Not that I didn't love all of my classes last semester, but I decided that my attempt to love German was a lost cause. It's a cool language and everything, don't get me wrong. I wish I was good at it. But I'm just...not. So alas, only French and Spanish and Sign Language this semester.
My class sizes have a variety of numbers in them. Introduction of World History since 1500 is a lecture class with what I'd guess to be 80 students or so and my Introduction to Hispanic Literature class has...like...eight.
Also, it's the first night of telecounseling. It's sad, but we're not yet in the new Welcome Center (Or, as Melissa calls it, the "Super-Good-Fun-Times" building). We are still in Behmler, where the majority of the desk chairs are broken. Tuesday night we will be in the Super-Good-Fun-Times building with the Brand-New-Not-Fixed-With-Duct-Tape-By-Mike-Vandenberg chairs.
Also, I have mailed in the rest of my application for ISA in Spain next year and am anxiously waiting a response. And I've submitted all of my ELTAP application materials. WHOOOO!
January 6, 2010
Can I go back to Morris now? Pleeeease?
I hope everyone is having a lovely holiday! Mine has consisted of waitressing at my old job from high school, catching up with old friends, listening to Lady Gaga (!), eating comfort food made by my mother, and scraping ice off of my car. There's a blizzard tonight (Oooooh, Minnesoooota, how I hate your weather) so my mom has decided to have a "family fun night".
Oh, and I went to Mankato and did a bit of shopping. Charlotte Russe was having a sale. JACKPOT!
I'm going a little bit stir crazy though. The town that I am originally from has 200 people in it. Seriously, people think Morris is smalltown? Dude, I know smalltown, and Morris is not exactly it. I'm really looking forward to returning to school in a couple weeks. I've been pining for my friends from Morris and some toast from Don's Cafe. Facebook is simply not sufficient.
January 4, 2010
Break and sick
Well New Years is done and I can't wait to get back to class. I miss all my friends and feel the need to go to class to keep busy. Unfortunately these past few days I've been sick with a stomach bug and haven't done much of interest. I've been stuck with a diet of saltine crackers and ginger ale. It's not much but it is better than nothing. I've been sitting around watching movies all day (which isn't all bad) and sleeping a lot. I'm looking forward to going back to work in admissions and being in the new building. It should be pretty cool. I'm sure that I will enjoy being there. I'm also looking into participating in a little research in the computer science department. I'm not entirely sure as to what it is about but I'm interested in getting research experience.
It is really cold out and I'm sure you already knew that but it is so cold out and I can't help but make a statement as to how cold. I really need to start my car and see if it will even run. Though, having lived in Minnesota all my life, I'm used to the weather and can't really complain.
- Catch Ya Later