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March 31, 2010
Just Another Day.
What a ridiculous week. I was amazed and pleased to find that today, after doing homework all morning and studying for a test and taking a test and going to three classes, that I had two free hours with nothing to do this afternoon, and strolled home and watched Community (I have determined that I WILL marry Joel McHale someday), before returning to campus at 4:30, hanging out with some friends for awhile, and going to work at 5:00. American Sign Language Club at 6:30, then back to work for a little while.
Some good news is that I totally rocked my examen écrit en French today. Y mi examen español ayer. Now I just need to get that silly French oral exam out of the way. And my Spanish presentation on Jorge Luis Borges. And then I am home free for Easter weekend.
I am also one step closer to getting my area of concentration in International Studies. I got one of my political science classes approved for next year. Now I just need an economics class approved, to revise my area of concentration plan, get it signed and approved by my advisor, the Division Chair, and the Chancellor. Then, instead of saying I PLAN to be a Spanish and International Studies major, I can say "YES, I AM a Spanish and International Studies major."
Which is way cooler.
So lately it seems my life has surrounded Spanish class. Yes I am a proud Spanish major! Not only is class really fun and interesting, but Voice Unidas our on-campus Spanish group also has a lot of opportunities to learn, speak (and even learn Dance like salsa!) about Hispanic culture. A couple weeks ago I went to the Spanish Conversation table one evening and had a blast. Though it can be difficult to speak in another language it's fun to meet new people and slowly get more comfortable speaking in Spanish. Also, at the end of the hour, I felt super accomplished that I managed to have an hour-longish conversation in Spanish.
This week, on Thursday (tomorrow) Voces Unidas is holding a poetry reading and I'm going to read a poem by Mario Benedetti called "No Te Rindas." If you know some Spanish, this poem is really beautiful and I highly recommend reading it. "No Te Rindas" means don't give up! This poetry reading was originally planned to surround the theme of immigration, however other pieces on all sorts of topics are now being welcomed as well. It'll be really exciting to hear different pieces while sipping on hot Chocolate and nibbling on churros! I'm looking forward to a cultural and laid-back atmosphere tomorrow in Turtle Mountain Cafe. It'll be a relaxing end to an already busy school week.
March 30, 2010
"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."
This bit of Lewis Carroll's poem has been stuck in my head for many days. Probably because with only six weeks left of the semester the campus is full swing. For example, last night I read over a hundred pages for a project I'm doing for European Women's History as well as prepare for my co-lecture that I'm giving on Jan Brett's children's books for my Rhetoric of Picturebooks class tomorrow! In addition to that, I've been researching different colleges in the National Student Exchange program because spring semester of my junior year is currently empty of classes which means that it would be the perfect time to take part in the NSE or doing an internship. Currently, I am looking Cape Breton University in Nova Scotia because of their hands-on communication labs, Folklore studies, and history studies. However, I'm still undecided-cause there's a certain appeal to going somewhere like Arizona or Florida so that I can escape cold, snow, ice of the North. What would be ideal is if I could find a college that offered more martial arts disciplines so that I can continue with my studies in that area.
So although I'm not thinking about ships or ceiling wax, I am thinking about college choices, talking bears, and European espionage.
March 28, 2010
Plane Ticket? Check.
So great news, I have officially bought my ticket to Dublin, Ireland! I shall be commencing my adventure on May 16 and returning to America on June 21. I've met all of the people I shall be traveling and living with and they are all wonderful. The plan of action is to travel to Germany for a week after the four weeks of Ireland and fly out of Frankfurt. I am so incredibly excited. And nervous. But mostly excited. I splurged and bought myself a new backpack for traveling. It's Rick Steve's Convertible Carry On, because I read that if you are under 5'6" you shouldn't have a backpack bigger than 22", and at a mere 5'2" the 21" backpack will probably be worth it.
Speaking of Ireland, I have bought my ticket to Flogging Molly! The concert is already sold out and people are fighting for tickets!
Until then there is a lot to do. I can't believe there is only six weeks until I leave! It's time to start thinking about final projects and papers. That's if you don't want to procrastinate, which I would not recommend.
At least it's getting nice out though. Reading outside in the sun is so much more enjoyable then cooped up in the library!
So I'm super excited as to how nice the weather has been and how nice it is suppose to be. I even managed to go outside and toss around a football for a little bit with one of my roommates.
It's a nice change of pace from the cold from last week to the warmth of this week. We had an admitted students day which seemed to go well. I saw tons of young people (I'm so old really) walking around just taking in the campus. I wanted to do something crazy but why scare them away now? Anyway classes are back in full swing and exams seem to be coming one by one as expected. I've already taken one exam in history and have another on the way in philosophy. My computer science class has been diligently working on our project and hopefully we will start to see some results soon. I suppose the next thing I have to look forward to is finals, but that is something to be saved for another entry. Well I better get going.
-Catch Ya Later
March 24, 2010
Back in Action
I'm back in Morris and it's beautiful here! It's still windy of course...but it's sunny and there's no more snow. So I'm pretty happy :) However, the homework load isn't any lighter from coming back from break. Actually April is coming up fast which means a lot of paper and presentation deadlines...yikes. But the weather's nice so it makes doing homework outside very enjoyable! I also received my midterms back which went excellent! All my studying apparently paid off. It's weird to think that I'm almost done with my first year of college. It's becoming apparent to me as the weather gets warmer, and the work load as far as papers are due within these next 2 weeks....meaning it's almost summer! I'm excited to register for classes for next year. Dorky, yes but it's nice to have a plan and interesting classes to look forward to.
Lately, outside of school, I've been training for a duathlon I plan on doing this coming May. I've been running outside. I really enjoyed running around Pomme De Terre, it was so gorgeous Sunday afternoon. As the weather gets warmer, I plan on running outside to strengthen my lungs and build more endurance. Plus, running outside is a lot more realistic for me to visual the actually race, instead of trying to visualize it on a treadmill... Overall, the running has helped become a fun stress outlet for myself throughout the week. Running takes away my stress and I feel so accomplished after a run. With this nice weather, it's motivating me even more to hit the road and enjoy the sun.
March 23, 2010
So after a week of vacation-relaxing, home cooking, hanging with friends, and sleeping in-the UMM student body is back in full swing for the final before FINALS! I thought I was busy before Spring Break-HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!! I've got a midterm to study for, a book to write and illustrate, storybooks to analyze, martial arts to practice, a history project to work on, Flogging Molly ticket to buy (concert is in April), homework for Personal Finance class (this class started after Spring Break), movies to watch for my history class, the list go on and on.
But there's also a lot of stuff going on around campus such as Quidditch tournaments will be starting again, a inter-dorm ping-pong tournament, Bad Movie club, 80's prom/dance hosted by the UMM's student drama club, Open Mic Night-that's what I forgot I need to prepare a story!
But the best part is that the sun is out and its WARM!!!!!!!!! No more winter! ^_^ I love it!
So now I'm off to hit the books and have some pie! mmm...good!
And We're Back
I'm back from break and feeling rested and ready to go. Classes have resumed and it feels like I never even left. Oh wait, I did not leave. I still got plenty of rest in. I did work on a little project while on break. I looked around for summer jobs. I've already turned in a few applications and have more to go. The project itself went from being a short one day thing to an all week search. Other then that I had a pretty laid back break. I spent quite a bit of time with my nephews and my sisters. One of my nephews recently got a little tykes basketball hoop and it is up to uncle Philip to show him the ropes. Okay well maybe it's not all up to me but it sure is fun to do baby dunks. With all that fun it still is nice to be back in the flow of classes. Having a regular schedule again makes life a bit easier. That and I don't have to worry so much about cooking for myself since food service is now open.
Well that is all I've got for now.
-Catch Ya Later
March 17, 2010
Wooo! No class for a whole week! I have so much free time! Yet, I don't know what to do with any of it. I've been doing a lot of relaxing lately but that just doesn't seem like enough. I've decided to dedicate part of my break to a summer job hunt. I've been all over town getting applications from different places. Now all I need to do is fill them out. As for the rest of my free time I plan on dedicating it to studying for the history exam I have when I get done with break. It should be interesting because I need to get familiar with three different books. I'm sure I can handle it. Other than that I've been keeping myself busy by going to the RFC with my nephews and being lazy pure and simple. I know, it sounds like I lead a very interesting life but to knock it till you try it. I'm not exactly dreading being done with break. As a matter of fact I actually look forward to going back to class. It may not seem like much but that is my spring break.
- Catch Ya Later
March 11, 2010
It's a good thing I brought an umbrella to school with me this year, because it has been raining all week. I like the rain though, so that's okay. I should really invest in some rainboots. This girl in my Spanish class was wearing the cutest rainboots today. Normally I'm not a fan, but weeks like this one I tend to rethink what sort of fashion statements I like to make.
I had a productive day today. I woke up and went to yoga at 5:45 with one of my friends, as I do every Tuesday and Thursday (Except last Thursday we skipped and I slept in until 10:00 and it was absolutely divine). Then I cleaned my room since I'm leaving for a week tomorrow. Like, really cleaned. Like, "my room is temporarily in the TV/Kitchen area so I can sweep" cleaned. Then I went to class with the girl with the cute rainboots. Then I had a meeting with my advisor about my area of concentration. Then I met with a girl from my Sign Language class that I am doing a duet with for the Sign Language concert. (We're signing Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" and "Beautiful Dirty Rich") Then I went to work. And now I'm here.
Happy Spring Break!
The End is Near
All my midterms are DONE!!!! Can't you tell how excited I am???!!! So, right now I just am having a relaxing day evening, knowing tomorrow I have to go to Spanish class, pack, and go home! I've been studying and working really hard for this upcoming 10 days of freedom. Freedom includes, but is not limited to: sleeping in as late as I want, getting home cooked food, walking my dog, enjoying not having to do homework, a break from work and having my best friends and family to catch up with back home. Although, I'm not going anywhere particularly exciting...just home to Roseville, I'm super excited about it. In college it's always nice to have a break in the constant action.
March 8, 2010
I can taste spring!
Everyone chant with me..."Spring break...Spring break...Spring break..."
All that is separating me from one week of relaxation is a bunch of readings and work and meetings. Well...sort of a week of relaxation. I'll be home (How exciting!), sleeping in, eating my parents' food, bumming about the house, and helping my sister and brother-in-law paint the basement of their new house. Unfortunately I have three papers and a bunch of reading to work on over break, hence the fact that I'm not going anywhere fun like Florida or Mexico.
Someday I'll be in Cancun or the Bahamas or somewhere warm over Spring Break. I guess It's getting a little warmer here. The weather is teasing us right now. It's getting warmer and the snow is melting, but everything is still all white and brown and dirty. Give it a month, and Morris is absolutely gorgeous in the springtime.
My Spanish professor mentioned today how the character or people changes depending on the season, and it is so true! This means that everyone in Minnesota must have multiple personality disorder. January was such a depressing, tired month for everyone, but it just makes spring that much better! Everyone is all of a sudden so happy and energetic. I'm so excited to wear shorts and cotton dresses and sandals and go on walks late at night and not feel my face freeze up and fall off...
Take care everyone!
March 2, 2010
Random bits of stuff
Sadly I don't have any thoughts that are long enough for a substantial blog. However, I do have a solution-random news tidbits!
1) Aloe Vera juice doesn't taste bad but the pulp is rather chewy.
2) Spring Break is coming up-HUZZAH!!!
3)There's a Latin Formal Dance this Friday! Tango time!!! ;)
4) Ninja's Menagerie played on KUMM from 2-4pm on Monday without a fluke!
5) After spending the entire past weekend completing my FAFSA and taxes using only a dial-up connection. I realized why I love high speed internet
6) No snow in the forecast and the weather is getting warmer perhaps I'll be able to do some hiking this weekend.
7) The time for applying for summer jobs is happening NOW-I'm working on revising my resume and filling out applications for being an intern or a camp counselor.
8) Research-Although I don't have any tests next week I do have some major research projects to work on such as my portfolio on British women during the Great War and illustrating a children book.
9) Nancy Carlson, an author and illustrator is coming to my Rhetoric of Picture Books class on Friday! Hooray, a break from the ordinary routine!
10) Librivox, free audio books online can be a great way of getting out of reading assigned books for history class. Example: I was assigned to read Hendrick Ibsen's "A Doll House" however, that play is on librivox which made the story a lot more enjoyable than if I had just read it.
11) Midterms next week-Oh NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Spring is in the air!
Finally on campus, the air is a bit warmer, there's little wind and YES the snow is melting. Slowly, of course, but the sun and all college students are doing their best to bring about spring. Of course, there's spring fever going around. Not only are all of us students ready for warmer walks to class, but there's also Spring Break coming up! Which is very exciting and strange to think how fast this semester has flown by. I think it's true that as you enter college, the school year just flies by.
Next, week are when most people have midterms or big projects due. I am fortunate to only have one, possibly two midterms. My first, and definite Midterm is for my East Asia Politics and Government class. The other, that I'm still not sure I might have is a midterm/test for Analytic Feminism which is a challenging Philosophy class I'm take this semester. I'm not too nervous for either because I now have at least one semester (last semester) Midterms down, so I know how to study for them, I'm pretty sure. Though, all I admit, it can be hard when the weather is getting so nice out! But that will make all the studying worth it, when, I leave on Friday next week and know that I get to do whatever I want for a whole week! I of course, plan on going back to my hometown of Roseville, MN. Which is a close, close suburb of St.Paul. I'm excited to see my family and my cute dog Daisy!
On a completely other note, I have started training for an Duathlon which is at the end of May. A duathlon consists of a 5k (3 mile) run, following by a 33k bike and ends with another 5K run. The duathlon is the Sartell Apple Duathlon in Sartell, MN. This year my boyfriend asked if I wanted to be on his team. He is an experienced biker and I love to run. So, this past week, once I got over being sick, I started hitting the gym again. I'm really excited because I've never competed before. Here, in Morris the Regional Fitness Center has a training program for students interested in training for triathlons...however, I'm not a huge fan of swimming. Although, I do enjoy running and biking, the whole swimming part, just isn't my thing. So even though, the program sounded intense, but rewarding, I don't think I'm ready to compete in a swim-bike-run competition yet. Either way, I can't wait to get out and run in warm weather!