Posted on March 15th, 2012

I know I said that I would try and write another blog within a week of my last one, not two weeks, but apparently that didn’t happen. I promise I tried but I was so slammed with homework and exams before spring break that it took every last bit of energy that I had to not go crazy! But, I am here to tell you all that I survived and am now home relaxing for spring break. Well, minus the loads of homework I was assigned to do this week… but that’s a battle I’ll tackle later.

I received my Resident Assistant decision letter on the 28th of February. I was chosen as an alternate which I am still happy with because it wasn’t a no! Though, I must say, that day felt like one of the longest days of my life as I sat around waiting for a letter to appear in my dorm and having no idea what time I was going to receive it. Every single time the card scanner outside our dorm beeped I jumped a little bit hoping it was my CORE walking in.

The week before break I was packed with papers, observations and exams. It was great. Generally I live on a schedule because I am extremely Type A, but this week was worse than most! I needed everything done on schedule, that way I could make it to meetings and prior obligations on time, and still have enough time to go to the gym, sleep and breathe. I don’t even have Wednesday classes and I was out of my room for a good nine hours straight that day. So even though I felt like I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off, it was great when I was finally able to take a break and not do anything for any matter time.

Last Saturday was the Northeastern Anthropological Association (NEAA) conference at Bridgewater State University. I was given an opportunity to attend, and it was an offer I just couldn’t give up even if I did have to wake up at 5:00am on Saturday to get there. All day professors and undergraduate students presented their research, all of which fascinated me. I guess that’s a sign that I’m majoring in the right thing then, isn’t it? :) Afterward the past, present, and future presidents of NEAA presented different aspects of Anthropology to everyone at the conference such as what one can do as an anthropologist and exciting stuff like that. But really what I enjoyed the most from this conference was listening to students just a couple of years older than me present their research to adults who have been in this field for years and be commended on their work. Also, there was a past graduate from RWU there presenting her research that she used as her senior thesis!

I suppose that’s all for now. But I promise next week is full of a bunch of fun events so I am sure to have a lot to write about! Stay tuned!

Posted on February 27th, 2012

I thought that as a freshman I was going to be stuck on campus since we aren’t allowed to have cars until our sophomore year, but the University brought in this neat little company that has made traveling so much easier! Yes, there is the RIPTA which for the most part will take us anywhere we may need to go, but I didn’t grow up with public transportation so I am always that awkward person that clearly has no idea what they are doing and obviously doesn’t want to be sitting on a bus. But now, I can avoid the RIPTA by using a Zipcar! The RIPTA is more economically friendly (since freshmen receive free bus passes), but I can go anywhere I want whenever I want with Zipcar. It’s nice to know that I can just make a reservation and drive to places such as the grocery store or even out of state. Convenient, isn’t it? Yesterday I drove to my grandparents’ house in Massachusetts, had lunch with them, and came back with plenty of sweets :) .

Enough about that, let’s move on to the fun and exciting news and events.

Remember how in my last blog I mentioned being at Baypoint for Orientation Advisor group process and that I was going to receive a decision soon? Well, I picked up my letter on the 17th at noon from Student Programs & Leadership and…. I GOT THE POSITION!!! I was so unbelievably excited that I had a smile on my face from ear to ear for the rest of the day. So, I’ll be spending some of my summer here at Roger Williams training, having fun, and meeting the incoming freshmen. Yayyy!!! Those nerves are gone now, but I’m still waiting until tomorrow for my RA decision. (Crossing my fingers for that one as well!)

As if I haven’t put enough on my plate already, I recently was initiated into Phi Alpha Delta- an academic/professional Pre-Law fraternity with a chapter here on campus. The membership came with a bunch of benefits that I’ll not only use now, but also when I apply to law school in a few years.

Oh, and there is also SOAR, which is a two hour class every Tuesday night that, in this stage, teaches us about ourselves and how others see us in order to help us gain leadership skills for the future.

On Friday evening Mike Super, a magician/illusionist, came to campus to perform. After sitting at a CEN table all week and watching his promotional video play everyday, I thought that maybe when I saw him in person then I would finally be able to figure out all of his tricks… but no such luck… at all. I wonder if he would tell me how he dropped a full size bowling ball out of a pad of paper? Or how he made a paper rose go up into flames and have it suddenly turn into a real rose? My mind was, and still is, blown. Seriously, he was fascinating!

Also, I wanted to apologize for not writing a blog in a couple of weeks. The amount of schoolwork I have had to do recently is absolutely insane, but then again I had such a light work load my first semester that maybe I deserved this… ?? I’ve been trying to juggle everything that I mentioned above, and finally I have a little bit of time to breathe! Knock on wood.

Until next time!!! (Preferably sooner than two weeks from now…)

-Lindsey

Posted on February 9th, 2012

It’s only been a week since I wrote my last blog, but I was completely out of room on my Post-it note that I use to jot down everything I want to write about as it happens. So if you’re taking time to read this right now (which I am very happy that you are), I hope you have more than just a few minutes because I am already feeling that this blog is going to be relatively long. So please don’t say I never warned you…

The coolest thing happened to me the other day. A university staff member saw me on campus and said I looked familiar, then realized that I wrote this blog and told me that they read it. I don’t actually know who reads this unless they tell me, but I didn’t expect staff members to be following it. Finding this out may seem trivial to some, but not to me. In fact, it made my day so much better and I went right back to my dorm room to begin writing on a new one. To whoever is reading this, I think it’s awesome and thank you so much for taking the time! :D

I learned last Saturday that if I were to be lucky enough to be a contestant on the Price Is Right and be within arm’s reach of Drew Carey, I would do nothing more than make a fool of myself and walk away without a penny more than I started with. I was that crazy person in the audience at CEN’s event yelling all of the wrong answers (even though I thought they were correct at the time…). Either way it was a fun event to attend even if I didn’t know what I was doing.

That Saturday was group process day to become an Orientation Advisor over at Baypoint. (Baypoint by the way, still reminds me of a hotel NOT dorm rooms… maybe I’ll live there next year??) Honestly, I was pretty nervous going into it no matter how many people told me that it would be a fun-filled day. The first thing I had to do was an interview which I am so grateful for because I was able to go through the rest of the day nerve free and enjoy it for what it was! I think the day went pretty well (fingers crossed), but I’ll find out next week! So to anyone reading this that will be attending RWU in the fall, maybe I’ll see you this summer. :)

Since I have no classes on Wednesday, I spent my day at a CEN event in the Lower Commons. There were hats and scarves for members of the university to have airbrushed by two artists. There was a constant line from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm which was a great thing to see. I had a hat airbrushed with my nickname, but I don’t wear hats, so it’s going to be a wicked cool wall decoration instead!

hat

Before I continue with my next story, I just want to make it clear that I love living in Maple Hall. It’s in close proximity to almost everything on campus, which is quite nice on extremely windy days. However, it seems that our fire alarms go off at the most inconvenient times! It has gone off three times in the last week, twice in one night after midnight and once a few days ago around dinner time. I’m hoping that there’s never an actual emergency, because chances are it will probably be the one time that none of us actually want to evacuate in a timely fashion. Then again, I suppose it just means that we have plenty of practice in evacuating our building, right?!

On a side note, I have been wearing flip flops and cropped jeans around campus for about a week now. Can someone remind me what month it is? I mean, I thought it was February, but I clearly must be wrong…

This is only about half of what I wanted to write about, but that just means that I now have a reason to write yet another blog!

Posted on January 30th, 2012

Hi everyone!!

After being home for forty days I was starting to feel rather antsy and was more than ready to come back to RWU. Though it was nice to see all my friends from home, they all went back to their colleges much earlier in January leaving me with quite a few long and uneventful days.

I finally arrived on campus on Wednesday, but instead of socializing with friends I hadn’t seen for a month I spent a good six hours of my afternoon trying to make my room look as though it hadn’t been hit by a tornado. Why I decided it was a good idea to basically pack up all of my belongings and bring them back home for winter break I will never know.

On Thursday my classes began at 9:30 and ended at 4:50 with a brief break. So, yes, I have a busy day on Thursday but it’s a small price to pay to have Wednesdays and Fridays free (and only one class on Monday). I’m hoping that this schedule will end up working out well and that I will always be left with some free time.

Friday night Ben Kronberg (a comedian) was brought to our campus by the Campus Entertainment Network. His style was…. unique to say the least but I still found him entertaining (even if I was a little slow and didn’t catch on to some of his jokes). I’m definitely looking forward to CEN events this semester, especially the Price is Right next Saturday, so I’m sure you’ll be hearing a lot about those from me :)
Anyway, I need to get to class, talk to you soon!

Posted on January 13th, 2012

Oh how nice it is to finally be home with my friends, family, dogs and my own bed! I was one of the lucky students and as of noon on Friday, the 16th, I was on my way to the state I am forced like to call home. Remember how in my last blog I said there would probably be snow when I arrived in The Granite State? Yeah… about that… I was shocked to see (dead) grass and (dead) leaves! Luckily that didn’t last long and I saw some snow on Christmas, though it has all since melted. It’s the beginning of January and there is not a patch of snow on the ground, but rumor has it we are due for some snow.

I wish I had something that was even remotely intriguing to talk about, but I have been enjoying my vacation by staying up to odd hours of the night and waking up whenever I can’t stand sleeping any longer. My sleep schedule is working out nicely now, but in just two short weeks I’m going to have to learn to wake up when it’s actually still the morning. I’m sure it must be possible, right?

I suppose since I haven’t done anything this break worth sharing, I can talk about something college has taught me. This is something that those of you who are shy might be able to relate to. Many people don’t believe me when I tell them this, but I am in fact pretty shy if you were to meet me in person. Yeah, I know it probably doesn’t seem that way since I am experiencing my freshman year more or less in the spotlight. So here’s my advice to incoming students… break out of your shell. You may be pleasantly surprised by how much fun you can have and how many people you will meet in a short time by stepping out of your comfort zone just the slightest bit.

See you soon RWU :)

Posted 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!!!