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If Only Everyone Could Be So Lucky

Posted By lindsey on October 4th, 2013

Monday this week started off like any other day with me waking up to my third alarm, eating cereal and running out of my apartment with a coffee in hand ready for the busy day that was waiting ahead. Aside from spilling coffee on myself (which is a normal occurrence) the day ended up leaving me flustered.

I first receive an email from my supervisor checking in on me. Confused, I open the email to see that I missed a scheduled meeting in the morning and didn’t submit a weekly report. Embarrassed and frustrated with myself for forgetting a meeting and not submitting paperwork on time, I sprint to her office apologizing profusely for being so forgetful. Was the meeting in my planner? Yes. Did I think about looking at my planner on Sunday evening to see what meetings I had on Monday? No, because that would have made sense. Did I complete my weekly report? Yes, but of course I never actually pressed submit.

From there I rushed to my 11:00 a.m. class to take an exam that I had stayed up until 2:00 a.m. studying for. And…well… let’s just say that I guess you can’t win ’em all? The exam seemed never ending to the point where I was running out of time, but I guess I wasn’t alone. My professor offered to let everyone finish in her office. If my brain wasn’t turning into mush I would have taken her up on it. Instead I rapidly finished the exam and moved on with my Monday. Worried about my grade because I have a tendency to be a perfectionist, I spent a little bit of time wondering what would have happened if I had just studied for the extra 30 minutes.

At that point, I realized that I was worrying over an exam that was already over when I should have been focusing on finishing a paper that was due in three hours on how globalization is leading to larger gaps between the rich and the poor. Surprisingly, I couldn’t concentrate as I was busy thinking about all of the upcoming exams, papers and projects that I had due in the next couple of weeks. Why October is always the busiest month of the semester, I will never know. To take my mind off of things, my friend and I made the trek to J-Lot to get my car because Sip-n-Dip’s liquid dessert (I mean… coffee??) is the solution to every student’s problems.

Upon arriving back on campus from Sip-n-Dip, I realized that I still needed to pop into the dean’s office for his signature to add a minor. I thought it could just be a quick stamp, but then was told that he wanted to sign the form himself and was not available at the moment. With that said, catching the dean is next on my list of things to do… if only he was available at midnight when I am checking things off of my to-do lists.

The point of this narrative is a reflection of the title of this post. Yes, Monday stressed me out simply because it felt extremely hectic and like I couldn’t catch a break. I then quickly remembered what I have always been taught… someone out there is having a worse day than you are. I was indeed frustrated that I couldn’t catch the dean, but how many people are lucky enough to say that their dean wants to know who they are as a student before signing off on adding a minor? How many people have a supervisor who knows them well enough to email when something isn’t quite right, and in response makes the effort to check in on them to make sure they’re doing okay? How many students can say that their professors will stay late after class, giving them a better opportunity to succeed? I should find myself lucky and fortunate. These are the reasons that even when I am running around like crazy I chose Roger Williams. Or maybe, just maybe in some round about way…why Roger Williams chose me. Even on the most hectic days, it is a great day to be a hawk.

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Spring Break!

Posted By lindsey 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!

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Happy Holidays…. almost!

Posted By lindsey 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!!!

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The Calm After The Storm

Posted By lindsey 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! :)

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