Oct 24 2009

Fall-ing into Mid-Terms

So, one of the great things about Spirit Week at Roger Williams is all the free stuff. Yesterday, CEN set up a free Build-a-Bear station, with lions, tigers, bears, and monkeys (oh my!). Luckily I got there early and was able to make one before they, very quickly, ran out. The Inter-Class-Council was also handing out t-shirts among other things. They even dressed the statue of Roger Williams in blue and gold in celebration of Spirit Week. Last night, I went to the Stage Company’s One Act Festival, which was pretty good, then went to Casino Night and Midnight Madness. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera, so no pictures of those events this time. I can tell you that they were all a blast. The theme of Midnight Madness was “Let the Wild Rumpus Start”, which was a lot of fun. People dressed up in outrageous costumes to show their support for RWU Athletics.

Sadly, I can’t have fun everyday- it’s mid-term time. This past week I had my American Government and History & the Modern World exams. Next week I have Stats and Comparative Politics (he decided against take home.) I also need to start doing research for a group discussion in Intro to Speech and finish a Comparative Politics paper I have been putting off for so long I’m a little disappointed.

This weekend is Homecoming and Family Weekend. My parents decided not to visit me. But, it’s not really a big deal, since I’m not far from home. I can visit them or they can come down to Bristol really anytime.

Halloween is coming up, which means Wicked Weekend at Roger Williams. I’m most looking forward to the Haunted Seashell Path, probably because I wrote the storyline for it, but it should be a good time. Then I’m going to a Halloween party with some work friends (costume ideas, anyone?). Then Sunday, I’ll have another Open House to work. Hopefully, I’m not standing outside again, or at least not in the rain, like last time.

Things in Admissions are picking up, as more and more applications come in daily. I have the exciting task of alphabetizing or labeling them.  It’s hard to believe that I was going through the same thing as all these students only a year ago.

Well, I probably should be working on a study guide, or a paper, or research, instead of writing this blog. But, that’s college.


Oct 13 2009

Shwayze, Stats, and School goes on…

So, I just want to start off by saying the Shwayze concert was amazing. We were right in front of the stage (as you can see in the pictures) and one of my friends poked him in the leg, and high-fived Cisco Adler. While there, I ran into a ton of other kids from Roger Williams. Unfortunately, they all needed to leave a little before the concert ended since the last bus was leaving from Providence. (We had luckily driven there.)

After worrying for a week about my Stats test, I ended up getting an 87, which my professor scaled to an “A”. All I have to say is that studying pays off I guess. Before the test, the math tutor for the class organized a study session where we did example problems and answered each other’s questions, which was really helpful.

Alan Weisman came to talk about the common reading book and ended up speaking for over two hours. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I didn’t have to write a speech for my Intro to Comm class and if I wasn’t so tired. After it got to be over an hour…people began to leave, which made me feel bad. How difficult must it be, as an author, to be speaking to a group of people who, largely, did not read your book or do not care about the topic?

So the theme of Wicked Weekend (the weekend of Halloween), is Are You Afraid of the Dark?, like that great 90s TV show that would scare all of us. I wrote the script for kind of modified haunted house that we are doing. It’s cool, because I get to see all my ideas come to life over the next few weeks when we go to buy decorations and costumes.

My History and the Modern World midterm is this next week, but I am not too worried because the professor is letting the class use their notes. I need to start working on my next speech, just as soon as I pick a topic. I can’t believe the semester is almost half over. A girl in my Comparative Politics class is strongly pushing for a take-home mid-term and the professor is slowly cracking. So hopefully, it’ll be take-home and just make my life a little easier.

I am home for the long weekend, but it does not decrease the amount of reading I have to do unfortunately. One of my friends is leaving Tuesday for the Marines, so it’s going to be strange not having him visit or seeing him for a long time. I think he is coming back briefly in January and then is leaving again, so that’s a little sad.

I hope you enjoy these pictures from the Shwayze concert and around campus.

Tom

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