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Happy Holidays…. almost!

Posted By on December 19th, 2011

Wednesday, December 14th

Hey RWU (and whoever else is reading this),

I have never in my life studied so long for one exam. Ever. Tomorrow at 8am I have a cumulative statistics final and I have never been so nervous before in my life. My average right now is right on the verge of two letter grades, so I would rather this exam keep it at the higher grade instead of bump it down to the lower. Because of this I have been studying for this class since 11 o’clock this morning, and it is now 10:00pm. Maybe not straight through though…. I took a lunch break and a late night breakfast break :) Oh…and a break to write this blog!

My stats exam is at 8am tomorrow morning, will be done by 10, and then I have my American Legal System exam at 2:00pm. Luckily I have four hours in between exams which will give me plenty of time to study for that one :) . I think I know that subject more though, so I should be okay with only having four hours to study. Or maybe I am just over thinking things and college finals aren’t going to be as scary as I think they are…. but I’m pretty sure they are pretty horrible, or so I’ve heard.

The late night breakfast was absolutely insane. Without a doubt, crazier than Halloween and Thanksgiving. Caitlin, Jenn, Sky and I (friends from Maple 12) thought that getting there at 8:45 would be early enough to beat the rush, but boy were we wrong. Instead, we waited outside of the Commons for 15 minutes (that’s how long the line was) until people were starting to be let in. Best part of the breakfast…. Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. My favorite!

The line at Late Night Breakfast...down the stairs, around the corner and down the stairs...

The line at Late Night Breakfast...down the stairs, around the corner and down the stairs...

Overall, I’d consider this semester to be pretty successful :) . I won a Wii, had pretty cool professors, met a bunch of new people and attended a bunch of awesome events! Time to go home to New Hampshire, though… where there is snow!

Happy holidays! See you at the end of January :) I’d say see you in the spring, but let’s be real, it’s New England… winter has just barely started in January!

PS- My first semester as a freshman is over!! How did that happen so fast? And to those of you who have been experiencing my freshman year with me, thank you!!!

The Calm After The Storm

Posted By on December 6th, 2011

10 days left until my first semester of college is over. 10 days. That’s it. I’m not quite sure where the time went, so that must mean I have been enjoying myself. Time flies when you’re having fun, right?? In 10 days I’ll finally go home to New Hampshire and stay for 40… but whose counting? I’m looking forward to a nice break without worrying about due dates and waking up in time to attend my 8 am classes…

All semester I have been wondering why I never have had much work to do. In fact, I will finish off this semester without ever having to write a single paper. Amazing isn’t it? I must just be one of the lucky ones and next semester I’ll most likely be wondering why I ever wished I had work to do. On the bright side, I don’t have Wednesday or Friday classes next semester so I should in theory always have plenty of time to do the work that I may be assigned. :)

Anyway, I think the reason that I never had any school work to do throughout the semester is because all of my professors were planning on giving us major assignments to do at the end. Either that or coincidentally I just happened to have something major assigned. No pressure though, it’s not like every assignment has a lot of weight on my final grades. 13 days and I have five exams, one group project, 3 applications and a bunch of other stuff to do. I suppose it doesn’t sound like a whole lot to do quantity wise, however every little thing is so time consuming that I’m pretty sure I’m going to have some sleepless nights ahead of me. It doesn’t help that I am the type to strive for perfection in my school work and get upset when I don’t do as well as I had hoped for.

That being said what else would I be doing right now other than sitting typing this blog and watching Shutter Island waiting for my mind to be blown all over again? This movie makes so much sense the second time around! Priorities… clearly know how to keep them straight.

In an hour I am going to see Plastic Musik. I’m SO excited. I watched a Youtube video of them playing “Axel F” and “Get Ur Freak On” with plastic “Boomwhackers” and drums and was amazed by how well it was constructed and how the plastic instruments sounded so similar to the actual songs.

After writing this blog, watching Shutter Island (I watched The Time Traveler’s Wife earlier today) and going to Plastic Musik, I will FINALLY start to do all of my work and probably do a lot of it tomorrow. Happy weekend to me! :)

Yes, I actually have classes, too…

Posted By on November 21st, 2011

Now that I think about it, all of my recent blogs have been about the exciting stuff I do on the weekends, or events I attend during the week. But I’m in college, and I do in fact have classes to attend so that’s why this blog is going to be about my academic experience here at Roger Williams. I know that this blog may not be as exciting to read as the others, but what I’m going to be talking about is the reason why I am even here so it’s important.

I only have four classes this semester which is one less than most. However, I arrived here at Roger Williams with a few AP credits from high school so luckily I’m not behind, but in fact slightly ahead. Monday, Wednesday and Friday I have two courses, Human Behavior in Perspective and Introduction to Cultural Anthropology. These two classes are over by 9:50 in the morning, so I’ve learned to go back to sleep at 10:00am and wake up whenever I want. Yes, this means I have 8am classes which apparently isn’t “ideal” for most people, but in my opinion I would rather be able to go back to sleep before a lot of students have even started their classes for the day.

Tuesdays and Thursdays are my “late” days. By late I mean I’m not done until 12:20 in the afternoon. Tough life isn’t it? I start off with Basic Statistics then have an hour and a half off until The American Legal System.

Without question Introduction to Cultural Anthropology is my favorite course this semester. I suppose that is a good thing considering it’s one of my majors! I could spend hours learning about every aspect of Anthropology and how cultures around the world differ from each other. It’s also a plus that I have an awesome professor that I learn so much from. Also, I’m pretty sure that it is a good sign when I find myself studying a subject and enjoying myself, even when I don’t have an exam or quiz coming up. Or maybe it just means I am nerdy?

Human Behavior in Perspective is a CORE class that I have no choice but to take so at first I wasn’t looking forward to it. However, my professor has yet to teach something that hasn’t sparked my interest, so I have no problem with waking up to attend it! We’ve learned about Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology and so much more. Basically any “ology” you can think of…. okay maybe not quite. This class combined everything I love into one. Needless to say, my MWF schedule couldn’t get much better!

To be completely honest, I don’t have much to say about my Basic Statistics class other than that I don’t quite understand what is to “basic” about it. This is something I will probably NEVER understand.

The law has always been a passion of mine, and I’m 95% sure I want to be a lawyer eventually. Because of this I have so much interest my American Legal System class. It fascinates me just how much there is to know about our legal system and I believe that having a greater understanding of the law will be a strong foundation for whatever I decide to do later on. Also, I love being able to apply every class to daily life!

So all of that being said, I feel like I have made the right choice of majors. Even though I am only a first semester freshman, I don’t see myself ever wanting to change either of them to something else. I am passionate about both which is something that I am quite happy to be able to say!

I’m going to try to write another blog tomorrow about more fun events in the past week, but if I don’t… HAPPY THANKSGIVING and I’ll write another one when I am back on campus next week.

Wicked Weekend 2011 “Cast A Spell On Me”

Posted By on November 16th, 2011

One week later, and I am finally writing a blog about Halloween weekend at Roger Williams. This past week when I found myself with time to sit down and write, I always seemed to have some sort of writer’s block. And of course when I was busy I had a bunch of ideas of what to say rolling around in my head. But now it is Sunday afternoon a week later and I am sitting on a Peter Pan bus on my way back to Rhode Island after visiting my friend in New York for the weekend. So what better time than now to write?? To start, let’s back up about a week and a half to the Wednesday before Halloween…

On Wednesday night Niimo (another friend) and I went to CEN’s Wednesday Weekly because they were having a Halloween party :) . There they had a makeshift body with bowls hidden underneath. The object of the game was to stick your hand into the bowls and try to guess what was in them. The only one that I was able to guess correctly was the bowl with the hard boiled egg. Every other bowl thoroughly grossed me out though! At this party was also a pumpkin pie eating contest. Each contestant was given a quarter of a pumpkin pie to consume as quickly as possible. Honestly, I would never have been able to do that!! So, props to the ones who did :) .

Thursday CEN had a daytime event in Lower Commons. Amber, Rhea and I were at a table serving pumpkin whoopie pies and “mystery” punch. The mystery punch was really just lemonade and gingerale, but the student’s reactions to drinking something that was fogging (from dry ice) were classic. We ran out of whoopie pies and mystery punch, which I guess is a good thing because that means a lot of people showed up. :)

Finally Friday evening came along and it was time for the Haunted Shell Path. Unfortunately the Haunted Shell Path had to turn into the Haunted Recreation Center due to weather. My friend Chelsea and I were assigned to play dead in the graveyard at the beginning of the maze, which originally I believed would be the easiest acting job that we could have been assigned. However, it didn’t take me too long to realize that it wasn’t in fact an easy job, but rather quite difficult. For some reason, nearly every student who walked by us decided that either a) we’re dead so they should poke us or b) we’re clearly not dead so they should try and make us laugh. At one point, someone even tickled my friend. Trying to keep calm and not move for two hours proved to be nearly impossible. But nonetheless, it was an entertaining event :)

I spent Saturday studying for an exam that I had on Tuesday in my American Legal System class, so I don’t really have a whole lot to say about that other than the fact that “Facebooking” and “Tweeting” is NOT conducive to studying. Because of this, what should have taken me a few hours ended up taking me all day long. By the way, I just got that exam score back on Thursday and let’s just say I didn’t do too well. Drat! Better luck next time…

Yet Another Lesson Learned: Stay OFF social media while studying for exams!!

Saturday night however was time for some fun and laughs! Sailesh, a hypnotist, came to our campus and, well, hypnotized students. I only wish I had some pictures of the students to show! Either way, you should look him up and watch some of his videos. Sailesh was absolutely hilarious and did a great job of keeping the audience laughing throughout the entire evening.

I managed to sleep in until 11:45am on Sunday, which I’m sure for the average college student is early, but for me is extremely late. Whenever I sleep much past 10:00 I always feel very groggy and like I wasted my day away. So, that being said, Sunday I spent recuperating from my busy week and doing absolutely nothing at all. In fact, it would have been a perfect day to write this blog. Whoops.

Anyway, that’s all I have regarding Wicked Weekend. If all goes as planned I’m going write my next blog about academics, since that is why I’m here at RWU to begin with :) .

Faaaaaammmmmmmiiiiilllllllllllly!

Posted By on November 9th, 2011

On Friday the 21st (yes I know I am a week behind) I got to see my FAMILY! Well, my Mom and Grandparents at least. They picked me up and we went down to Newport for the day to tour the mansions and explore downtown. Let me just say, I knew they were big, but I was still surprised as to how big. Also, who would have such a big place that they only lived in for the summer to entertain? It must be nice to have that kind of money…

Which one is your favorite? I liked The Breakers the best, but the Rosecliff had the prettiest yard.

Rosecliff

Rosecliff

The Breakers

The Breakers

The Elms

The Elms

Marble House

Marble House

After we explored the Newport Mansions we went out to dinner at Flo’s Clam Shack. The food there was really good, which is saying something considering I don’t enjoy seafood much. Then again, I loaded my fish with tartar sauce that way I couldn’t really taste the haddock. My whole entire family loves seafood, so sometimes I wonder if I’m adopted and they just haven’t told me yet. Just kidding. My favorite part about the restaurant was the buzzer we got to inform us when our food was ready. It was a lobster!!! Sometimes the smallest things fascinate me the most. Who cares if I am an adult, that doesn’t mean I always have to act like one, right??

lobster

Flo’s Clam Shack Buzzer

MIDNIGHT MADNESS 2011!!!!

Everyday I’m Hollerin’

I learned a very valuable lesson during Midnight Madness. Our sports teams are absolutely full of spirit! And two girls, no matter how hard they try, are not capable of holding back the rest of the girls at RWU from wanting to run across the gym and visit the Wrestling Team. I did in fact have some forewarning, but it’s one of those things that just can’t be understood until you experience it for yourself. Needless to say, it was hectic.

Overall, though, Midnight Madness was a lot of fun. Everyone was full of school spirit, and like at every major event there were free t-shirts. I think I have mentioned it before, but our student body goes crazy for free t-shirts. Want to hear what I think the best part of the night was??

MY GRANDFATHER CAUGHT A T-SHIRT!! I was so proud. Go Grandpa!

The next morning my mother, grandparents and I explored Bristol before going to the Homecoming Luncheon and Autumn Festival. It was during our exploration that I finally experienced Sip-N-Dip coffee. I finally understand what everyone on campus is raving about. Sip-N-Dip coffee is delicious!

Goal: Try every flavor of Sip-N-Dip coffee.

Afterward, I wasn’t very hungry, but many people told me that the Homecoming Luncheon is one of the best that we have. I’m not so sure I agree with them, but I did have some amazing pumpkin ravioli! It was extremely rich and tasted like dessert, and was so good that I kept eating more. Yummmmmm!

At the Autumn Festival I made sand art for my brother inside of a plastic dinosaur bottle. Once again, just because I’m adult doesn’t mean I always have to act like one. :)

We went shopping in the university bookstore because my grandparents wanted some RWU apparel to show off. It also ended up being a good time to give my family Christmas ideas. After all, I am a “poor college student”…

~~~~~Fast forward to Sunday brunch~~~~~

My mom had to go back home on Saturday night, so it was just my grandparents and me at Sunday brunch. All of the Bon Appétit staff looked very formal, but I had to convince my grandparents that no, they don’t always wear button down shirts, vests and bow ties. In fact, that was the first time I had ever seen them dressed up like that. Though, I suppose since it was considered the President’s Luncheon, that’s a pretty good reason to look snazzy.

Just as we were about to set down our plates, the strangest thing happened. Do you remember my burnt popcorn story? Well, this time the fire alarm was because of an omelet pan. An omelet pan set off the fire alarm causing everyone in The Commons at the time to evacuate and wait for Bristol Fire Department to come shut off the alarm. Sometimes I wonder if they receive a bonus in their paycheck for every time they have to come to RWU because of something like a burned omelet pan or burned popcorn?? I promised my grandparents that I would blog about this incident so here I am…blogging about it. :)

Burned popcorn, a burned omelet, and Hurricane Irene. What’s next?

ICC Spirit Week 2011

Posted By on November 1st, 2011

Well, I had it all planned out to write a blog about last week’s festivities and then another one about Homecoming and Family Weekend and finally a third one about Wicked Weekend, but somehow I got so distracted that it is now Friday the 28th, 11 days after my last blog. But hey, better late than never right? However, the problem now is that I have to try and remember nearly two weeks back instead of just a few days. Thankfully, almost every event that happens at Roger Williams ends up on Facebook, so maybe I’ll just have to do a little bit of Facebook stalking.

ICC’s Spirit Week

On Tuesday night, the 18th, there was Spirit Bingo in the Upper Commons. Long story short, I didn’t win. Neither did anyone else in my unit, no matter how many times we were as little as one number away. Spirit Bingo was entertaining to say the least, which made up for all of our bad luck. One day, I will finally win a game of bingo. One day.

My 9 o’clock class was cancelled on Wednesday and I managed to sleep through my 8 o’clock. Those are my only two classes on Wednesday, so needless to say I had none! I have an advisement meeting on Halloween for next semester, so maybe I shouldn’t schedule myself for any classes at 8 o’clock in the morning. It seems to be really difficult to get out of a nice warm bed into a chilly room with really cold tile floors. Now that I think about it, I slept through my 11am last week as well because I thought it would be a good idea to take a nap between getting out at 9:20 and leaving at 10:55. The problem I face is that I always turn off my alarm clock and constantly think “just a few more minutes”. Just a few more minutes always turns into me dozing off for at least 30, sometimes even more. I really need to get my act together.

Confessions of a Teenage College Student- College isn’t all fun and games. And “I slept through class” is not a legitimate excuse to tell professors. At least try to come up with something creative…like your goldfish died and you had to go to the funeral.

Wednesday evening I went to the RWU Men’s Soccer vs. Salve Regina game with the Hollerin’ Hawks and ICC via a school bus. Yes, even college students still ride in school buses. It was cold and rainy, however now I finally understand the RWU/Salve Regina rivalry…at least in Men’s Soccer. After going into two overtimes, the teams walked away with a tie game. Our players had more fans than Salve though, and we were definitely louder, so I think that makes us the winners, right?

I promise there is another blog coming shortly, so keep checking in! As always, thanks for reading!