Tuesday, February 24, 2015
I received good news in my Heaven and Hell class with Dr. Imholt. He gave me an A- on my first paper! That is really amazing because his classes are way outside my comfort zone, but at least I am a good writer, so that helps the cause. This first paper is part of a greater semester project/paper in which we will build our own Utopian society. It won't be perfect, but it's a Utopia...nothing is actually perfect.
Sometimes, with all of my RA duties, my hours in the pub, the time I spend working on Breakwater, and the nights I spend tossing and turning in bed, I start to get overwhelmed. This week has been a little more overwhelming for me, but I just have to remember that there are so many people I can talk to in times like these: friends, family, and co-workers. Then, I got to thinking that maybe some of my fellow students were experiencing the same types of stress...or worse, and that maybe I should provide some helpful resources.
First, the school has a link to Counseling services at Southern Connecticut State University that Albertus students can utilize for free. You can talk to them about anything that is stressing you out and affecting your well-being. All you need to do is call them and one of their representatives will either come to Albertus or you can visit their center at SCSU.
Then there is Deacon John Hoffman, in Campus Ministry
here at Albertus. He is a confidential resource in case you feel like talking to a stranger is weird or if you feel a family member would not understand or would judge you. Lastly, there is Elizabeth Magenheimer in Health Services. She is another resource here on campus that students can go to if they need to talk or if they need information about other health issues. You can talk to anyone in student services as well. Resident Assistants are also excellent resources, even if you just need someone that will listen to you about a problem you are having in a class or with a friend. Talk to people. Let them help you.
Monday, February 23, 2015
I do not always make it to Breakfast, but I have these protein shakes in my room. Bolthouse makes these delicious shakes. My favorite one is the chocolate shake, of course, but they are super good for you. I also love this one shake that is mostly red fruits...except for the banana component. They are meant to be used as a meal replacement, not as a drink you have with a meal. I have one in my fridge that is made of mostly green vegetables, but I have not been brave enough to try it yet.
I have also been making a better effort to get to the gym in the mornings. I have a routine, but the snow has really, really messed it up. I try my best to go at 7:30 for at least three mornings a week. Sometimes, it just feels really great to sweat and guzzle water and sweat some more. My arms and legs have been getting stronger lately. I go on the eliptical for 10-15 minutes and then I use the circuit machines for 2 sets each. It has been really hard. School and the RA schedule has been rough. Most mornings my alarm goes off and I just get up and turn it off. Back to sleepy land. People tell me that it takes 21 days to develop a routine, and I am determined to develop mine. When I get back home, my sister and I are going to do Tae Bo in the basement. I am so uncoordinated, but I have a lot of fun just exercising and hanging out with my sister. I can't wait for Spring break!
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
It's that point in the semester where I start to feel drained from my schedule: classes, running Breakwater, doing Res Life stuff, working in the pub, and most importantly -- my lack of sleep.
It's turning me into a mad woman! I feel as if pretty soon, I will have the Mad Hatter and the March Hare singing un-birthday songs to me in a land with disappearing/smiling Chesire Cats and Hookah smoking caterpillars!
Thank goodness Spring Break is right around the corner. I just have to hold on until then. Spring Break means dead battery recharge. Luckily, it also means celebrating my 22nd birthday (ya-hoo) and making a little extra cash back at my internship. I could really use the money and my mom could really use the help, so it all balances out nicely. Really, I want to just sleep, but someone has to increase that very low number in my bank account.
I am down to my last 88 days of school here at Albertus, and to be honest, I am feeling extremely overwhelmed. Sometimes I sit through my classes and I feel like I don't understand what they are talking about. My brain is shooting blanks.
I look around to my classmates and try to find the direction I should be going in, but I am just too far behind all of them. I have to work on finding my own path in these classes.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
People keep asking me, "What are your plans for after graduation?"
I don't know...honestly.
There are so many jobs that I have taken a look at and they are all in so many different locations. Right now, I am looking at entry-level jobs in publishing and in film, particularly, continuity. I think it is so fascinating to watch for mistakes and make sure everything is as it should be in every single take.
That could mean re-locating though.
I don't know what I actually want to do; I know what fields I am interested in though.
I am just going to apply to everything that I think I fit into and every job that sounds good. I just need something to keep the cash flow happening while I write my book.
I started a new one, actually. I think I like this one much better because I can relate more to my character. We will see where it goes though.
I am aiming for about 20,000 words, and, at this moment, I have about 998.
I actually submitted a short story of mine to a contest. I hope I win. It would be an excellent start as a real writer. Otherwise, I will just have to keep submitting until someone says, "I like this. Let's publish it."
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
We were snowed into our buildings. Monday, it snowed again, this time resulting in a day and a half off from classes.
Snow days can be fun.
Snow days mean pajamas all day and never having to leave bed.
It means reading books and drinking tea.
It also means more time to get started on homework assignments that you have been shirking aside and putting off for a week.
For me, it meant indoor workouts, tea time and finally, finally unpacking from Christmas vacation. I have been here since January 8, and I had not unpacked my bags yet. I have just been so busy with Res Life stuff and classes. It's crazy how fast the pages fly off the calendar.
My workout regimen this weekend was a very new one this snowy weekend. On Saturday, I did Pilates and I tested out my Julianne Hough's Cardio Ballroom Dancing dvd...I surrendered to exhausted legs and pain-filled thighs. On Monday, I used my kettle bell that my mom got me for Christmas. The lady on the workout dvd is a very tough cookie. She really pushes all your limits. I think that as long as I keep up with it, it will get better over time. My schedule is really crazy this semester so it's getting harder to actually get to the gym during the week. Some days I am just way too tired to go to the gym in between classes, even if the schedule says so.
The good news for the week is that I got a 96 on my first criminal justice quiz and I survived my first Literary Theory paper, with the help of my good friend Emili, in the Writing Center. It was the toughest paper I have had to write and it was only 1000 words. What gives?!
I am going to stay on top of my work for the rest of the semester. I have so much to look forward to in the coming months. I don't want to ruin it. Tonight, I am working in the pub. I have piles of homework and about a million emails to send out.
Everyone should come down and make a fleece blanket at 8!
Thursday, December 18, 2014
I received all of my final marks this morning and I have earned my Christmas vacation with a 3.9 GPA (for this semester) and all A's. I was flabbergasted...still am. If someone presented me with this report card in high school, I would have thought that someone higher up was bribed.
Can you believe it?!
I really want to earn Magna Cum Laude status for graduation, but my overall GPA is only a 3.5 (Cum Laude). To be a Magna I would need to have a GPA of 3.7 by graduation time. Is that even possible? Maybe I could just convince Dean O'Connell to read the Cum Laude part as he calls my name?
When I look back on my earlier school years, I realize how far I have come and how much hard work has been applied to my academics. I work harder in school than my other siblings. Homework and tests comes so easily for them. I feel much better about myself now that I am on their level a little more than I used to be.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Tomorrow is the day i have been waiting for, dreaming about, drooling over, etc. You get the picture. I finally get to go hone for Christmas vacation! I anticipate this being very short but fulfilling break from school. I have wild dreams of being able to read novels and work on parts of my own whilst sitting in my bed with a hot cup of tea. Mmm...
I have such a crazy, busy schedule from now until Christmas Day. This week i will decorate two trees and go to work for two days. Before you know it, it's Christmas Eve morning and we are heading out the door to make strouffoli. "Soon it will be Christmas day" (Bing Crosby).
Saturday, December 6, 2014
December 15 at 5 p.m. - that's the last day I will be on campus until the new year.
8 more days to go.
Last night was the Winter Formal. Everything looked so magical! It was Mardi Gras themed. They decorated the BCR with fancy Mardi Gras archways, trees completed with strands of lights, and snow to complete the image. There were also walls covered in sheets of white lights to give it a snowy look. There was a photo booth there and my friends and I took advantage of it. Sometimes it can be really fun to just accessorize and take funny photos. The best photos are the ones with errors because only you know about them. It's the blemishes that make them beautiful. My whole group looked quite glamorous.
The Wolcott boys had lovely suits on and masquerade masks that completed the outfits.
Erika's purple dress, beautifully accented with a glittery silver pin, accentuated her natural features nicely.
Emili and I matched: my dress was blue with black lace sleeves and she wore a black dress with blue tights the color of my dress.
Meaghan's purple dress was so cute and sparkled when you looked at it in the right light; her silvery headband really completed the outfit.
Caroline had on this red dress that made her look completely comfortable with herself.
I wish that we had stayed longer at the dance, but, alas alack, the group wanted to go out to Miya's for sushi at 10:30. It was a fun night because we were all together.
My plans for break include spending massive amounts of time with my family, hanging out with new friends, and working on my book. If I want to succeed as a serious writer, I have to work on pieces to submit to different magazines and contests, both online and in print. I have ten pages of my novel, but I am not sure that I am in love with the story. I have a couple of short stories in the works as well. I have one that I really want to submit somewhere. I am very proud of that piece. Maybe I will do a little career research too. I don't really know what I want to do after Graduation. Do I really want to work for a publishing house? Maybe I want to try the Script Supervisor job? Anything I do apply for will be an entry-level position, but I just need to be sure. I also need to study these companies I am thinking of applying to.